Muhammara Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip


Several years ago I was served Muhammara at a restaurant.

It was some life changing dip, let me tell you.

My taste buds were overwhelmed with pleasure as I tasted the complex flavours of the roasted red pepper, toasted walnuts, garlic, and spices.

Since that day, I have wanted to create this dip at home and I finally took the plunge.

I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I had to ask myself:

How could I go wrong with roasted red peppers and toasted walnuts?

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I simply could not go wrong.

No, I could not. ;)


[Short of setting the kitchen to fire while making the roasted red peppers, but I had to keep the faith in my culinary skills.]

Muhammara Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut Dip with Spiced Tortilla chips

Inspired by Epicurious Muhammara.


  • 1 cup + 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 pieces Ezekiel bread, toasted
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 6 curved bull’s horn red peppers* (made 2 cups roasted peppers)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • For heat: Try Aleppo pepper flakes or hot sauce, to taste (I didn’t add any)


Directions: Preheat oven to medium broiler setting. Wash and slice peppers and remove seeds. Take 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and spread onto baking sheet. Place peppers on top and broil on medium for about 10 minutes watching carefully. Once they are slightly charred, remove from oven and use a spoon to place them in a bowl. Cover bowl with a tea towel and allow to cool. Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat until golden. Remove from heat. Toast 2 slices of bread until moderately browned and firm. In a food processor process the walnuts, garlic, paprika, toasted bread, cumin, sea salt, and tomato paste. Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Once the peppers are cooled, remove tea towel and carefully remove the skin of the pepper. Discard the skin of the peppers and take the ‘meat’ of the pepper and process it with the rest of the dip until thoroughly combined. Serve with easy homemade tortilla chips (see below).

Makes 1.5-2 cups. Can be used as a dip or spread.

Notes: You can use regular red bell peppers. You might only need 4-5 as they are a bit larger. Also, I did not use any hot spices because Eric isn’t a fan of spicy food. You might want to add some, although it is already very flavourful without any at all! It is quite garlicky so if you are not a garlic fan you might want to cut the amount in half or more.


We got these sweet red peppers from our CSA last week (I think they are called ‘Curved Bull’s Horn’?). They are delicious.



and perfect to roast.



and walnuts are perfect to toast. ;)



Feel free to shove a few walnuts in your mouth. They should not be resisted…ever. Don’t even try because you will fail. ;)


Easy Homemade Spiced Tortilla Chips


  • 2 Ezekiel tortilla wraps
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1-1.5 tbsp Earth Balance buttery spread
  • 2 tiny pinches of sea salt


Directions: Preheat oven to 425F. Take tortilla wrap and spread with butter. Now sprinkle on paprika and sea salt. Cut into tortilla triangles. Place on baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 425F (no longer!). Remove from oven and immediately transfer to a plate to cool. Makes about 25 chips.

I loved using the Food For Life Ezekiel wraps because they are thick wraps! The chips were also crispy on the outside but still chewy and flavourful on the inside. I adore these!! If you use other tortilla wraps you might have to bake them for less time.



They were prepared in just a couple minutes and ready in 5!


They are delicious with the dip. I highly recommend you make both at the same time!


This is a wicked appetizer that would be a hit at any party.

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Be careful though, it won’t last long!  


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carolyn September 8, 2012

So grateful for this recipe. I had this dip @ Whole foods and have been wanting to try to duplicate it. They use dates as a sweetener, which you must try.


Sana September 8, 2010

I am currently sitting here trying to figure out how to say Muhammara. It sounds so fun!


Allison September 8, 2010

Yum!!! this looks so delicious!! i love healthy dips like this!! I am definitely gonna get some walnuts and try this!


Elle@A Galley Slave September 8, 2010

The dip looks lovely… love love roasted red peppers… I have only eve roasted them whole though – have never cut and cleaned them first. Your method looks way less messy. Will give it a try. Thanks!


Ashley September 8, 2010

That pizza looks amazing! Not going to lie, I am crazing breakfast food ALL DAY lately. If it involves jam, banana’s and nut butter, I want it! Also tried some recipes from your site last night and it was great! Thanks for all the great ideas.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2010

you are welcome!


Jenny September 8, 2010

I am in love with red peppers :)


Kristy September 8, 2010

Toasted walnuts truly are Ah-Maz-ING! The flavor becomes so much more soothing and deep.


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans September 8, 2010

Oh wow! I am all about making my own dips and spreads and that one looks absolutely amazing!


Naomi(onefitfoodie) September 8, 2010

never heard or had it but I want it!!! I love getting inspired by restaurant dishes!!


Gree September 8, 2010

Wow! That looks delicious! We are big hummus lovers but sometimes you just need something new and this looks like it could be a winner. Love the paprika on the tortilla chips too!


Neen @ Broad bean to Runner bean September 8, 2010

Ohhh this looks so yummy!!


Seglare September 8, 2010

I have never tasted mhammara (though I have heard about it), but now you made me want to try it! :) I have a pack of the same kind of snack peppers at home, so I might just use them for this. It sounds delicious!


Chelsea September 7, 2010

LOVE toasted walnuts! Looks like a great recipe


Cara Craves... September 7, 2010

I love the colour of that dip…great for a Fall party.


Larinna September 7, 2010

WOW! I’ve never tried Muhammara but it looks amazingly delicious and healthy! This would be a great snack to have a work. Thanks for sharing!



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