Sweet Potato "Hummus"


This was simply a case of me wanting hummus, not having garbanzo beans, and making it anyway with sweet potatoes. I don't blame you if you're skeptical, but this stuff has the same taste and texture as hummus, just with a slightly sweet finish reminiscent of red pepper hummus. My wife, Michele, who has a much more discerning palate than I do, said that if blindfolded, she'd have trouble distinguishing this from real hummus.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
2 cups


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cooked until tender

  • cup tahini

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • 2 tablespoons cold fresh water (Optional)

  • 1 pinch ground Aleppo pepper

  • freshly chopped parsley leaves for garnish


  1. Scoop sweet potato flesh into a bowl. Let cool to room temperature.

  2. Add tahini and garlic to the sweet potatoes. Season with salt, cumin, chipotle, and cayenne. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon olive oil and lemon juice. Mash until hummus reaches desired smoothness. Add water to lighten the texture; whisk in 1 tablespoon at a time.

  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Transfer hummus to a serving bowl. Drizzle remaining olive oil, Aleppo pepper, and parsley over the top.

Chef's Notes:

Make sure your sweet potatoes are very, very tender. Measure out 2 cups if yours are already mashed.

Some folks like just a hint of garlic and lemon, while others like to be crushed by it. Same goes for the tahini and other seasonings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

69 Calories
5g Fat
6g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 130mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 137mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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