In a food processor bowl or blender container combine chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and red pepper, if desired. Process or blend until smooth. Spoon into a serving bowl on a platter with carrot sticks, celery sticks, and/or other raw vegetables.
Serve with whole wheat pita bread wedges, pita crisps, and/or bagel chips. Makes 4 servings.