Spicy Boiled Peanut Hummus

February 1, 2011


A little bird told me the Super Bowl is coming up this weekend. I’m not a big fan of football, but I love a good pot luck and Super Bowl Sunday is the ultimate potluck event. As we gear up for this exciting occasion- the food, not the game- the question on everyone’s mind is, what to make? Potlucks are tricky because you want to bring a crowd pleaser that’s not messy or complicated and is just plain good.

This boiled peanut hummus recipe fits the bill. I found it last weekend in Southern Living magazine and made a few modifications to get it the way I like. It actually came in as a handy way to use up the stash of boiled peanuts that’s been collecting ice dust in our freezer. Each time we head down to my fiancé’s family farm, we come back with an assortment of goodies- corn, collards, field peas, eggs, and even boiled peanuts. This was the perfect opportunity to put them to good use.

Ingredients: Adapted from Southern Living magazine

1 1/2 cups shelled boiled peanuts

juice and zest of 1 lemon (keep an extra handy if you like a thinner hummus)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 clove chopped garlic

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp chili powder

1 Tblsp  peanut butter

a good squirt of Sriracha

salt to taste (if your peanuts are pre-salted, you likely won’t need to add more)


Shell the boiled peanuts. It takes a lot of work to get a measly cup and a half.


But when you dip into this creamy hummus, it’ll all be worth it.


Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add a touch more olive oil, lemon juice , or a splash of water to thin it out if you find the texture too thick.


If you like it spicy, be generous with the Sriracha!

Serve with a wedge of lemon and a sprinkle of toasted black or white sesame seeds.


Grab a bag of bagel or pita chips and dig in.


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Nouveau Running June 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

This is a great web page, might you be involved in doing an interview about how you developed it? If so e-mail me!

regina February 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

send this recipe to aunt lela, she loves boiled peanuts.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

if she wants boiled peanuts, she’s gonna have to visit my site!

Zestful Lou February 5, 2011 at 1:47 am

Peanut hummus!!?? YES PLEASE! Two of my favorite things combined…how could it be bad??

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 5, 2011 at 10:31 am

It’s really good stuff…wishing I’d thought to make it ages ago!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Yum! I’ve never had boiled peanuts before, but I want to make this!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 4, 2011 at 9:05 am

Boiled peanuts aren’t for everyone, but I love ‘em. You’ll have to give them a try sometime!

Meredith February 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

yum! did you boil them on the stove? i get them from a guy at my farmers market that let’s them simmer in a crock pot all day long. yum!!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

These were boiled in a crockpot. Planning to do a post on how to boil your own peanuts very soon. Stay tuned!

Christine @ Merf In Progress February 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Ooh, that peanut spread looks delicious!

cait February 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Those look great! I love anything with Peanut butter and yummmmmm that looks divine!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Thanks Cait! It was really easy to make-you’ll have to give it a try. And I totally agree with you that 30 day shred level 3 is insane. I’ve only attempted it once! ack!

Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} February 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Another great recipe! I just posted a peanut butter recipe but a cookie one! :) I’ll have to make this for lunch followed by my PB oatmeal chocolate cookie! :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Lisa! Your peanut butter cookies are so adorable. They look fantastic!

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