Sweet Potato Hummus

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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This spicy sweet potato hummus with chickpeas and cayenne pepper is a smokey and creamy dip! Served with pita chips or veggies, it’s an easy appetizer or snack.

Why You’ll Love This Sweet Potato Hummus

This sweet potato hummus is a yummy twist on a classic Middle Eastern dip, but you’ll be making it a weeknight favorite for more than its flavor.

  • Freezer-friendly. Pop it out of the freezer for an effortless appetizer or snack throughout the week.
  • Easy. The oven and blender do 95% of the work. All you need to worry about is enjoying it!
  • Great for leftovers. To save yourself some time, use leftover mashed sweet potatoes for the same yummy results.
  • Prep-friendly. Roast the sweet potatoes in advance so all you have to do is process the hummus before lunch or dinner.
  • Travels Well. Heading to a party and need an appetizer? This hummus travels very easily and is well loved by many. Even my kiddos love this hummus with the bonus of their favorite sweet potatoes!

Looking for a classic hummus? Check out my easy hummus recipe too.

Ingredients for homemade hummus.

What You’ll Need

This sweet potato hummus uses several ground spices for a burst of smokey, earthy, and spicy flavors. Check the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact ingredient amounts.

  • Sweet Potatoes: Boiled, baked or even Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes will all work.
  • Garlic
  • Canned Chickpeas: Feel free to use homemade if you have them on hand.
  • Tahini: Tahini are ground sesame seeds, which are a big part of that classic hummus flavor.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice will work too, but reduce the amount by half.
  • Olive Oil: Don’t use vegetable, corn, or canola oil for this. Olive oil has the best flavor and most health benefits.
  • Brown Sugar: Light or dark brown sugar are great. If you want to use natural sugar, you could also use honey or agave.
  • Spices: Ground cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt add warmth and flavor to the dip. You can use allspice in place of the cinnamon and omit the cayenne pepper if you’re not a fan of heat.
Bowl of spicy hummus.

How to Make Sweet Potato Hummus

Aside from roasting the sweet potatoes, it’s pretty much the same process as with any blended dip. Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for more detailed instructions.

  • Roast the sweet potatoes. Preheat the oven and wrap each sweet potato in foil. Bake until tender. Peel the sweet potatoes and set them aside.
  • Blend it. Process the garlic and chickpeas until almost smooth. Add the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, brown sugar, and spices. Blend again until smooth. Add the sweet potatoes and process until completely combined.
  • Serve. Add the hummus to a bowl and serve it with pita chips. Enjoy!
A pita chip in a bowl of homemade hummus.

Tips & Variations

These tips can take any hummus recipe to the next level, whether it’s made with sweet potatoes or not.

  • Make it spicier. Add 1 small chipotle in adobo into the hummus for extra heat. It’s amazing!
  • Make it silkier. If you really want to get extra, like Middle Eastern households do it, peel the chickpeas for a smoother and silkier hummus. I personally don’t mind the texture with skins, but this is an option if you are particular about texture.
  • Add baking soda. If you’re making homemade chickpeas, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. It helps soften the chickpeas, resulting in a creamier spread.
  • Swap the tahini. Sugar-free almond, cashew, and sunflower butter provide a similar flavor-profile and texture.
  • Use mashed sweet potatoes. Leftover mashed sweet potatoes will save you lots of time for this recipe so add them right in if you’ve got some on hand.
Bowl of sweet potato hummus with pita chips, celery sticks, and carrot sticks on the side.

What to Serve with Sweet Potato Hummus

This sweet potato hummus is best served with pita chips or on warm Homemade Pita, with fresh vegetables or even Falafel for a crunchy appetizer. You can also use my Homemade Tortilla Chips or Air Fryer Tortilla Chips.

For parties, I like to serve it as a trio of dips with pita chips. Here are a few more great options to pair with this sweet potato hummus:

Close-up of hummus with a drizzle of olive oil on top.

How to Store

  • Fridge: Once fully cooled, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Keep it away from heat and sunlight when on the counter for serving. Homemade hummus can be served chilled or at room temperature.
  • Freezer: Pop it into freezer-friendly containers in serving-size portions. This is so you don’t have to worry about thawing tons of hummus later on. Freeze it for up to 3 months. Transfer it to the fridge a night before serving and enjoy.

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Yield: 3 cups

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

This easy sweet potato hummus is loaded with cayenne pepper for a spicy kick. Served with pita chips, it's a creamy, dreamy dip! 
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, optional
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • In a large food processor (or powerful blender), puree garlic cloves and chickpeas. Add tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, brown sugar, and spices. Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Then add sweet potatoes and puree until completely combined.
  • Serve immediately at room temperature with pita chips or vegetables, or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

Brown Sugar: Light or dark brown sugar are great. If you want to use natural sugar, you could also use honey or agave.
Lemon Juice: Lime juice will work too, but reduce the amount by half.
Make it spicier. Add 1 small chipotle in adobo into the hummus for extra heat. It’s amazing!
Make it silkier. If you really want to get extra, like Middle Eastern households do it, peel the chickpeas for a smoother and silkier hummus. I personally don’t mind the texture with skins, but this is an option if you are particular about texture.
Add baking soda. If you’re making homemade chickpeas, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. It helps soften the chickpeas, resulting in a creamier spread.
Swap the tahini. Sugar-free almond, cashew, and sunflower butter provide a similar flavor-profile and texture.
Storage: Once fully cooled, refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Keep it away from heat and sunlight when on the counter for serving. Homemade hummus can be served chilled or at room temperature.
Freeze: Pop it into freezer-friendly bags in serving-size portions. This is so you don’t have to worry about thawing tons of hummus later on. Freeze it for up to 3 months. Transfer it to the fridge a night before serving and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 189mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g

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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!

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

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

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

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

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!)

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

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!

I need this in my life!!

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?

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

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!!!

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

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

The recipe looks great.

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!

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

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

I love everything about this hummus!

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

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