Muhammara Spicy Red Pepper Dip

Muhammara spicy red pepper dip.This Muhammara spicy red pepper dip has become a holiday standby for me. I made it again for Christmas, and thought it would be a perfect time to re-share with some updated photos and recipe notes.

Christmas may have passed, but we still have New Year’s and NFL playoffs ahead, meaning many times you might be looking for a tasty new appetizer recipe soon. Muhammara Spicy Red Pepper Dip recipe is a good option to try! It always gets rave reviews when I bring it, and it is something a little different. This Middle Eastern dish has its roots in Syria, and is popular in Turkish and Egyptian cooking.

You can be the star of a January party by bringing this healthy and flavorful dip to serve alongside heavier options filled with cream and cheese. Not that we don’t like cream and cheese here, but some folks are looking for healthy options these days–without sacrificing on flavor!

Muhammara spicy red pepper dip.

Don’t be deterred by the “spicy” in the title. Certainly plenty of flavor with garlic and red pepper flakes, but it’s not super-hot. Flavorful is more like it. But Muhammara typically gets translated as “spicy red pepper dip” so I went with that. If you wants something a bit hotter, stay tuned…I’ll be posting the other dip I brought for Christmas soon!

Looking for other healthy dips to take along to a party? Try my Spicy Eggplant Dip, or indulge in a bit of bacon while eating your greens with this recipe.

One other recipe note. The walnuts are an important ingredient, but toasted pumpkin seeds can be substituted to make a nut free dish. I tried with good results the last batch I made.

Wine Pairing: I was first introduced to this recipe at Pairings Wine and Food. They were serving it with Pinot Noir, explaining that the Pomegranate Molasses in the dip pairs well with Pinot. I repeated this pairing on Christmas, sipping some Banshee Pinot Noir with the Muhamarra. I noted the pomegranate molasses  in the underlying flavor of the dip, minus the spices, which paired well with the fruitiness of the pinot. Pinot Noir also stands up well to moderate spice, so it works on that front, too. A great pairing! You could try it with any pinot you like, but I do recommend trying the Banshee from Sonoma count if you get a chance. Very good quality for under $30, made it to my Thanksgiving Pinot list.

Thinking about taking this to a football party where they might not appreciate the finer points of a good wine pairing? Fear not, the dip tastes good enjoyed with a beer, too!

Muhammara Spicy Red Pepper Dip
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Muhammara Spicy Red Pepper Dip is a flavorful and healthy dip with garlic, red pepper flakes and walnuts. It also features pomegranate molasses which helps the dip pair with with Pinot Noir.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 8 to 10 servings
  • 7 oz jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • ⅔ cup fine fresh bread crumbs
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, toasted lightly and chopped fine
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pita chips to serve with the dip
  1. In a food processor blend together the peppers, bread crumbs, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, pomegranate molasses, cumin, red pepper flakes and salt to taste until the mixture is smooth.
  2. With the motor running, add the olive oil gradually and process until you have achieved a nice, smooth consistency with all the ingredients incorporated.
  3. Transfer the dip to a bowl and serve it at room temperature with the pita chips.

I’ve included links for the pomegranate molasses, as you might not have it in your pantry! These are Amazon affiliate links, meaning I receive a small commission if you choose to get your pom molasses via one of these links.



    • Cooking Chat says

      Thanks Lindsay–seems like I’ve been on a roll with dips lately too! Holidays, now football gatherings.


  1. […] Muhammara Spicy Red Pepper Dip This tasty dip is a go to recipe for me when I need to bring something to a gathering. It’s vegan, without any dairy, so it’s a good healthy alternative to many things you’ll find on a party table spread. If you’re not a big spice person, don’t be scared off by the title, it’s more flavorful than super-spicy. […]

  2. […] Muhamarra Spicy Red Pepper Dip I often get asked to bring a dip for the holidays, and this is one of my go to choices. It’s pretty healthy and light, too, so it’s a good option to nibble on before loading up the plate with the main course. Though “spicy” is in the title, the spice level is moderate, enough to provide good flavor but not overwhelm. […]

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