Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 50 mins

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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚

Yield: 3 cups

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet potato hummus with olive oil drizzled on top in a bowl with pita chips.

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus is a delicious snack dip that is so simple to throw together. Get out your crackers, pita chips, pretzels, and whatever else you like to dip, and dig into this homemade hummus recipe!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Adapted fromΒ Spoon Fork Bacon

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

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50 Responses
  1. Bonnie

    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!

    1. Jessica

      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!

  2. Sarah

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

  3. Sherri

    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!)

  4. Sherri

    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!

  5. The Saved Quarter

    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?

    1. Jessica

      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!

  6. Michele

    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!!!

  7. kellypea @ sass & veracity

    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!

  8. Living The Sweet Life

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

  9. Krissy @ Krissy's Creations

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

  10. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    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!

  11. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    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!

  12. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    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!

  13. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    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!

  14. Cookbook Queen

    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!!

  15. Erin

    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

  16. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau

    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.

  17. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

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

  18. Chiara @ The Wandering Cook

    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.

  19. Kathryn

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

  20. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    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 πŸ™‚

  21. Jen @ BeantownBaker.com

    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.

  22. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

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

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