Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus*

Hummus is quite possibly one of my favorite dips. Well besides eating straight up sour cream on pretty much anything…even a spoon. I’m not the only one who likes that right?! I still remember the first time I had hummus and I remember thinking, thank god this tastes nothing like chickpeas! It’s not that I don’t like chickpeas…it’s just they are so dry normally…and they don’t have much flavor. It’s kind of like eating weird little balls of flavorless dough. Ok, so maybe it is that I don’t like chickpeas. But if you add in enough garlic and olive oil, turns out chickpeas aren’t half bad! 😉

When I saw this recipe for Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus, I immediately tossed a couple of sweet potatoes in the oven. I knew I was going to love it considering my love of sweet potatoes…and I also knew that I could make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for later in the month. Plus, I really needed to use up those last few sweet potatoes I had bought when they were on sale after Christmas for .40 cents a pound! I have been making Sweet Potato Fries and my favorite Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup like they were both going out of style, but I was excited to try something new with my last two precious sweet potatoes.

And this hummus did not disappoint! In fact, I think it’s one of my favorite hummus flavors yet! It’s sweet and spicy and goes perfectly with my favorite Stacy’s Baked Multigrain Pita Chips*.  I am so glad I made a large batch to freeze and I am already dreaming up ways to use it! I think it would be awesome in a turkey wrap and can’t wait to try it out for lunch later this week.

I make hummus a lot, so I already had all the ingredients. But if you don’t, you may have a hard time finding Tahini. I find it in the “ethnic” aisle at my grocery store or you can also pick up a jar online for the same price I pay at the store. It may seem expensive, but a little goes a long way! With a 16 oz jar, you could make 8 batches (24 cups) of this hummus! So go ahead, and get your hummus on girl! :)


Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

Yield: 3 cups


  • 2 large sweet potatoes (or 2 cups mashed sweet potato)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each sweet potato with foil. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until tender. Peel sweet potatoes, set aside.

In a large food processor (or blender), puree garlic cloves and chickpeas. Add tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, brown sugar, and spices. Puree until smooth. Then add sweet potatoes and puree until completely combined.

Serve immediately with pita chips or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve. This makes a LARGE amount of hummus and is perfect to freeze! To freeze, place in a freezer safe ziplock bag and ensure there is no air in the baggie and freeze for up to 3 months.


Nutrition Information:
1/4 cup hummus: Calories 128.5. Fat 5g. Carbs 18g. Fiber 3.1g. Sugars 4.9g. Protein 3.3g.

Adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon


If you liked this, you might also like:

Cilantro Lime White Bean Hummus by How Sweet Eats
Spinach and Feta Hummus by Two Peas and Their Pod
Spiced Eggplant Hummus by Veggie num.num
Spinach Artichoke Hummus by Gimme Some Oven
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus by Good Life Eats
Roasted Garlic Hummus by TNCB


*This is not a sponsored post in any way. I just love that particular brand of pita chips the most! 

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71 Responses to “Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus”

  1. 1

    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 17, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    I’ve made so many different hummuses (hummi?) but have never thought about adding sweet potatoes. I love this!

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    Jen @ BeantownBaker.com — January 17, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    I love making hummus at home too! I honestly had no idea you could freeze it. Makes perfect sense though. Love that little wooden bowl in your pics too.

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 17, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    I was on spoonforkbacon the other day and saw her recipe for sweet potato hummus and now yours, it’s a sign..I have to make this.

    Also saw your bacon post on FG today when I was checking a submission. Congrats on those pretty oven baked strips :)

  4. 4

    Joanne — January 17, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    This is one of those times that I really wish I could lick through the screen. I tried. Didn’t work.

  5. 5

    Becky — January 17, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    YUM! I recently made a homemade hummus for the first time, but this variety really sounds right up my alley!

  6. 6

    Erin — January 17, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    This combination sounds and looks delicious! I have to try this!

  7. 7

    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — January 17, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    yum! sweet potato hummus is my all time fav!

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    Kathryn — January 18, 2012 @ 4:03 am

    My food processor broke the other week and this is causing me untold sadness not least because I want to make this right now!

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    Chiara @ The Wandering Cook — January 18, 2012 @ 5:47 am

    I’m a hummus fanatic too! This reminds me that I have to buy some cheakpeas and make a batch soon… only I’ll have to use pumpkin instead of sweet potatoes because I can’t find them where I live.

  10. 10

    Katrina — January 18, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    Mmm pure deliciousness!

  11. 11

    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — January 18, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    This looks so so yummy! Everyone is making sweet potato hummus lately–I think I definitely need to get my rear on this bandwagon!

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — January 18, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    What a good idea! I bet the texture of this is to DIE for!

    Btw, I can GO TO TOWN on a container of Daisy’s sour cream with nothing but a spoon and a total disregard for manners. It’s so good that it’s really not fair.

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    Erin — January 18, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    Definitely have never had sour cream right off a spoon, and totally agree that chickpeas and dry little tasteless things by themselves. But they do taste awesome in hummus! And this hummus with sweet potatoes has winner written all over it

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 18, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    woah, this looks gorgeous!! stacy’s pita chips are the best! :)

  15. 15

    Cookbook Queen — January 18, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    So…the other day I was at my MIL’s for dinner and she was putting chick peas on her salad. I said, “Oh, do you ever make hummus with those?” and she was all “Hummus is made from Chickpeas?!”.


    Anyways. This hummus recipe is bordering on genius and looks absolutely delicious!!

  16. 16

    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 18, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Oooooh I want to eat this with a spoon.

  17. 17

    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — January 18, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    Girl that would be PERFECT on a turkey wrap especially if you’re looking to use up leftovers after Thanksgiving but still have the same type of flavors. YUM!

  18. 18

    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) — January 18, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    I have been seeing these mash up hummus dips a lot lately… and I love it! It’s so unique and it just goes to show that hummus is really just a great base for even more amazing dips. Sweet potato is an absolute fav of mine. I can’t wait to try this one too. I saw an avocado hummus the other day… hellooooo, get in my mouth!

  19. 19

    Tina @ mylifeasamrs — January 18, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    this is a genius idea! love love LOVE!

  20. 20

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 18, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    My husband would be happy eating sour cream with a spoon any day, I think my dad too. I on the other hand would love to get my hands on this hummus!

  21. 21

    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — January 18, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    I am OBESSED with hummus! It is my favorite snack with pita bread, crackers, chips, veggies, and as a condiment on just about everything! I have made several versions of hummus and my favorite to date is a black bean hummus, but this sweet potato version might even top that!

  22. 22

    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery — January 18, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Oh LORDY! I want that!!

  23. 23

    Lauren — January 18, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    Love that you added cinnamon in this! Sounds divine!

  24. 24

    Krissy @ Krissy's Creations — January 18, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    Hummus is my favorite dip too :). I’ve never seen a Sweet Potato version before. I’ve got to try it!

  25. 25

    Cassie — January 18, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    Are you kidding me? You make sweet potatoes into hummus….you are my favorite!

  26. 26

    Living The Sweet Life — January 18, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

    Sweet potatoes + hummus!! Ohhh mmyyy… I want to eat alone – hold the chips and I may have to lick the bowl clean 😉 delicious!

  27. 27

    Maria — January 19, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I love everything about this hummus!

  28. 28

    naomi — January 19, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    I love sweet potatos – so this is a must make!

  29. 29

    DessertForTwo — January 19, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    I’m such a sweet potato freak! Gotta make this!

  30. 30

    kellypea @ sass & veracity — January 19, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    I totally agree with you about chickpeas — so dry! But I do love hummus. This recipe is great. I’ve never thought about using sweet potatoes but what a perfect idea. Beautiful, too!

  31. 31

    Joy — January 20, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    The recipe looks great.

  32. 32

    ErinsFoodFiles — January 20, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    I made Sweet Potato “hummus” (no tahini) once, but I think your recipe sounds better!

  33. 33

    beti — January 22, 2012 @ 12:03 am

    oh my it looks delicious! I would love to dip everything in it

  34. 34

    Michele — January 22, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    I’m not a huge hummus fan but my husband is so I made this tonight for him. Go figure, I liked and he didn’t! Delicious and so healthy!!!

    • Jessica replied: — January 22nd, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

      Ha! I love that! :-)

  35. 35

    Vanessa — January 25, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    THIS IS DELICIOUS!! Just made it 30 minutes ago and I love it!

    • Jessica replied: — January 26th, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

      Yay! So glad you like it!!

      I made some cinnamon baked pita chips yesterday to go with my new batch. So good!

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    The Saved Quarter — January 30, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    I love the idea of freezing hummus! I wonder if you could freeze it in ice cube trays like baby food, so you could easily pull out a serving at a time?

    • Jessica replied: — February 1st, 2012 @ 12:34 am

      I don’t know if you can…but if you try it out and it works you have to come back and let me know! That is a brilliant idea!

  38. 38

    Brittany (Eating Bird Food) — February 2, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    I need this in my life!!

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    Sherri — February 5, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    Oooh, looks yummy! I don’t have any sweet potato at the moment, but I do have a can of pumpkin. I think I’ll try a variation for Super Bowl snacks today!

  41. 41

    Cheri @ Kzoo Kitchen — February 6, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    Sweet Potatoes and Hummus? Sounds fabulous. I can’t wait to try it!

  42. 42

    Sherri — February 11, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

    I had to come back and tell you that I made your recipe above using pumpkin, eating some right now and nom nom nom it is goooood! (Also thought I’d try substituting sesame oil for the olive oil. Very savory!)

    • Jessica replied: — February 14th, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

      I can’t wait to try it with pumpkin!!

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    Angela — February 17, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    loved it. shared it (http://wp.me/p1cn3Q-rm). linked it to you! you are awesome.

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    Heather — February 26, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    I saw your recipe on Pinterest and made it this afternoon, it is SOOOOO good! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sarah — May 15, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    I made this today and it turned out great! Really easy to make as well. Something I’ll definitely make in the future :)

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    siew wei — June 1, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    is it alright if i substitute the tahini with sesame seeds?

    • Jessica replied: — June 1st, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

      I have never tried it because the Tahini is an actual paste with added oil. I do not think regular sesame seeds would be a good substation for it. However, I know you can make your own Tahini with sesame seeds!

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    Bonnie — September 4, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    This recipe is absolutely fantastic! I just finished making it (again) and it is still slightly warm (my sweet potatoes were fresh from the oven). This time I used 1T light brown sugar and 1T dark brown sugar. Yum-O! Thank you so much for posting! I love it!

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