Spicy Red Pepper Dip

Yum! spicy red pepper dip (click through for recipe) If you’ve ever had food restrictions in your diet for health or allergy reasons, you know that frustrating feeling of trying to find alternatives for some of your favorite snacks and meals. I did a pretty intense diet change a few years ago to try and correct some health issues I was having at the time, and the list of things that I could eat was so teeny tiny that I just about gave up on the plan. Thankfully, I found a few staple recipes to adapt like this pepper dip and this chocolate pudding to satisfy my snack cravings while maintaining my eating path. Since the ingredients are so simple, I’ve found that it also has worked for a lot of other people that try to steer clear of their own list of items, so I thought I’d share it with you to hopefully enjoy as well!

Yum! spicy red pepper dip (click through for recipe)Spicy Red Pepper Dip
Adapted from Averie Cooks’ Spicy Doritos Cheezy Dip

1/3 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted)
1/2 cup hemp seeds (try sesame seeds if you don’t have these)
1/2 of a red pepper (seeds removed)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Yum! spicy red pepper dip (click through for recipe) OK, now it takes hours to make this dip because you have to individually clean each seed and then…JUST KIDDING! Put it all in a food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth. Easy peasy.

Yum! spicy red pepper dip (click through for recipe) Yum! spicy red pepper dip (click through for recipe) This dip is great with lots of different dippers, so feel free to try different kinds of chips or veggies and see what combination you like best! If you are timid when it comes to spice, dial back the spices a bit, and if you like it hot, then add a little more. The weird thing is that I don’t even like red peppers that much, but I love this dip! Think you’ll give it a try? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Spicy Red Pepper Dip


  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds unsalted
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds try sesame seeds if you don’t have these
  • 1/2 of a red pepper seeds removed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Put it all in a food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth. The end.
  • I think it is from the oil in the nuts and seeds, I don’t think it needs olive oil but you could add some if you want!

    Laura 🙂

  • This looks so good! I’ve always been a big fan of vegetable dips like this, but I’ve never really thought of making my own. I’m putting this on my list of things to try out this summer when I have some time!

  • Wow what a great recipe! I go off and on diet restrictions because of health and this dip looks like it would fit perfectly into my diet when I’m trying to be good. 🙂 May I ask though how it gets creamy? Is it from the oil in the sunflower and hemp seeds? It doesn’t need olive oil?

  • This looks so yum and healthy! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • YUM! This looks so delicious!


  • This looks so good – I cant wait to try! One of my favorites is a little chipotle mayo with cucumber – so I can only imagine how good this is with it!!

    xx Jill
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  • Oh this sounds really good! I bet it would work well as a salad dressing too! going to try it 🙂


  • How lovely to see Manitoba hemp hearts in your piece. I am in Winnipeg, Manitoba and love that they have made their way to you.

  • This sounds delicious! A great alternative to my usual dips and humus.


  • This dip looks easy and delicious. I work from home and often have a snack-type meal at least once a day. This dip and some crackers/veggies would be perfect for that.

  • I love red pepper everything so this is right up my alley!


  • sounds super delicious!!!


  • This spicy red pepper dig sounds delicious! I feel like it would be the perfect thing to snack on while lounging by a pool 🙂


  • Yay! Healthy food:) I would definitely dig more of these types of recipes (vegan + allergen free.) Thank you, Laura!

  • This looks really good! Would go awesome on a platter with homus and baba. It reminds me a little bit of a dip we had on a mediterranean plate that was mostly just roasted red pepper blended with feta…so good!

  • A nice article! Distributes a time so beautiful! Especially during it rains. So the weather is a lot better. and maybe i have an idea for dinner. thanks!
    Best, Patricia

  • This looks delicious! I’m always on the hunt for new, healthy, snack ideas. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Bookmarked! I am dying to try this one out!


  • This sounds absolutely yummy!!!

    Is there a way to know how many does this serve?

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Holy Yum!!!
    Thank you for the recipe!


  • Oh my goodness! This sounds amazing! Perfect for Memorial Day picnics!

  • This looks incredible! I’m definitely going to give this a go! XX


  • This is definitely a must try dip! Love that it’s healthy as well. Going to have to make this on my next get together! Thank you for this recipe.

  • I will definitely be trying this one! It looks so good!

  • Oh wow, this sounds interesting! Might have to try this one!


  • I love spicy foods. So, I’ll definitely enjoy this dip. The fact that it’s a healthy snack option is a bonus! Thanks, Laura.

    Happy Wednesday 🙂

  • Look delicious! I would love to hear more about health in general on the blog or about your path to healthier eating. I am just finishing college and definitely looking forward to ridding myself of some bad eating habits I acquired over the past 4 years, so if you feel comfortable sharing I’m sure lots of us would love to read about it. 🙂

  • Uh yum this sounds delicious, and easy which is right up my alley!

    <3 Haley @ www.beautyinthischaos.com

  • I will definitely try this. My mom just changed her diet dramatically for her health as well, and this is something she could try!

  • This sounds (and looks) absolutely delicious. I think I’ll try it out when I host a few friends for a ladies night this weekend 🙂


  • This is exactly what I’m hungry for right now and all I have in the house is greek yogurt. Fail. Haha.


  • if I may ^___^ i’ll recommend as extra, to soak the seeds overnight or at least for 6 hours. Then discard the water and rinse them, It will give an extra creaminess to the dip. It think also cashew will taste wonderful in this dip!
    keep up the good work girls, love your blog :*

  • This sounds absolutely amazing – and those chips are the best even on their own!

    Warm Regards,

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