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Spicy Hummus Poppers

Spicy Hummus Poppers
Spicy Hummus PoppersNathan Congleton / TODAY

Chef notes

These poppers are scrumptious, satisfying, super spicy and 100% vegan (not one drop of cheese). They make a perfect snack or appetizer. If you can't handle the heat, feel free to substitute paprika in place of cayenne pepper. Best of all, they're only about 27 calories a "pop!"

55 calories per two poppers

Nutrition analysis courtesy of Genesis® R&D


  • 6 tablespoons prepared hummus
  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallion (green onion)
  • 1/3 cup corn, frozen and thawed (or canned and drained well)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or paprika for less heat)
  • 6 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed (for extra heat, keep membranes in)
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs*
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Olive oil spray


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl, mix hummus, scallion, corn, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Spoon generous amount of hummus mix into the hollowed out pepper.

In another small bowl, mix panko bread crumbs, chili powder, kosher salt and cayenne pepper. Dunk the hummus side of each pepper into the seasoned panko mix so there's a generous amount of coating on each pepper top. If there's any leftover, you can distribute among the pepper tops to use up all of the panko bread crumbs.

Place stuffed peppers (cut side up) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, liberally mist tops with olive oil spray, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The bread crumbs should be browned and toasty. Let cool for a few minutes, and dig in!

*Use dairy-free panko bread crumbs for vegan poppers.