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November 4, 2023

Buffalo Chickpea Dip (Vegan)

Perfect Vegan Appetizer for Thanksgiving or Christmas

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Bowl of vegan appetizer Buffalo Chickpea Dip on a wooden board, surrounded by celery, carrots and crackers.

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Delight your guests with a zesty vegan Buffalo Chickpea Dip! Perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any gathering, this savory delight is a crowd-pleaser. It’s not just an appetizer; it’s a sensation. Get ready to elevate your hors d'oeuvres game!

Buffalo Chickpea Dip (Vegan) Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 mins

  • Cook time: 10 mins

  • Total time: 20 mins

  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 (29 oz) can of chickpeas or 2 (13 oz) cans, drained and rinsed

  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise (optional)

  • ¼ cup hot sauce (we used Franks Hot Sauce)

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or melted vegan butter

  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

  • ¼ tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • ¼ - ½ tsp salt

  • For garnish: fresh snipped chives

Instructions

  1. Add half of the chickpeas, vegan mayonnaise, hot sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, and seasonings to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth for about 30-45 seconds. 

  2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the remaining chickpeas. Stir to combine well. If you prefer a less chunky dip, then mash the chickpeas with the back of a fork before adding them to the processed chickpea mixture. 

  3. Once combined, transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with snipped chives. Serve alongside fresh vegetables and chips. 

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

Gather ingredients. It’s helpful to pre-measure everything.

Ingredients for a vegan Buffalo Chickpea Dip appetizer.
Ingredients for a vegan Buffalo Chickpea Dip appetizer.
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Step 2

Add half of the chickpeas, vegan mayonnaise, hot sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, and seasonings to the bowl of a food processor. 

Ingredients for a vegan appetizer dip in a food processor.
Ingredients for a vegan appetizer dip in a food processor.
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Step 3

Pulse ingredients until smooth, about 30-45 seconds. 

Ingredients for a vegan Buffalo Chickpea Dip appetizer after being processed in a food processor.
Ingredients for a vegan Buffalo Chickpea Dip appetizer after being processed in a food processor.
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Step 4

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the remaining chickpeas. Stir to combine well. If you prefer a less chunky dip, then mash the chickpeas with the back of a fork before adding them to the processed chickpea mixture. 

Adding more chickpeas to the mixture for a vegan appetizer.
Adding more chickpeas to the mixture for a vegan appetizer.
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Step 5

Once combined, transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with snipped chives. Serve alongside fresh vegetables and chips. 

The final vegan Thanksgiving appetizer with snipped chives on top.
The final vegan Thanksgiving appetizer with snipped chives on top.
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Notes

  • You can serve this recipe hot or cold. If you prefer, you can top it with vegan mozzarella and bake for 10 - 15 minutes at 350 degrees before serving. 

  • Take this Buffalo Chickpea Dip to the next level with crumbled vegan blue cheese and an extra drizzle of hot sauce! 

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