Pumpkin Hummus is guaranteed to get the conversation started at your next cocktail party! 

Pumpkin Hummus is an easy fall appetizer!

Pumpkin adds a nice complexity to this hummus without screaming at you.  And don’t worry, there’s nothing sweet about it… but it does gets a touch of warmth from cinnamon, and heat from smoked paprika.   It looks festive and it’ll keep hungry holiday guests off your back while you wrestle with the big bird.

I am on a continuing quest for the smoothest creamiest hummus possible, and I made another breakthrough with this recipe.  I’ve tried all kinds of techniques in the past for achieving a silky, non gritty texture in my hummus.  I’ve used both dried and canned beans, I’ve tried painstakingly removing all the skins from the beans before pureeing, I’ve tried my blender, my food processor, all of which give me nice results, but not the super smooth texture that I get from our favorite local restaurant.


This time I tried something different.  I drained a can of chickpeas and put it directly into the processor all by itself.  I blended just the beans for a full 2 minutes, scraping down the machine often, before I added any other liquids or ingredients.  This seemed to do the trick, the texture was the smoothest yet.


This is a definite make ahead appetizer, and the flavors will benefit from time in the refrigerator.  When you are ready to serve, give the hummus a swish with the back of a large spoon to make ridges for the olive oil to pool into.

Pumpkin Hummus


  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 3 Tbsp tahini
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • olive oil
  • pepitas
  • sumac (if you can't find sumac, use more paprika)


  1. Fit your food processor with the metal blade and turn it on. Drop the clove of garlic in and let it go until finely minced. Add the drained chickpeas and process for a full 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the machine as necessary.
  2. When the chickpeas are completely smooth, add the pumpkin, tahini and lemon juice. Process again until smooth.
  3. Add about 1/4 cup of ice cold water through the feed tube while the machine is running, until you reach the desired consistency. You may need a little more water.
  4. Add the salt,cinnamon, and paprika, and then taste to adjust.
  5. Spoon the hummus into a wide shallow bowl, and make a swirl with the back of a spoon. Drizzle the top with olive oil and sprinkle with pepitas and sumac or paprika. Serve with pita bread.



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22 Responses to Pumpkin Hummus

  1. Judy says:

    Just make this. It’s delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. […] Actually, if you google pumpkin hummus, you’ll find many versions out there, including this one from Sue’s site. She blogged about it just a few days ago, proving that great minds  hummus […]

  3. Julie says:

    I’m making this tonight, with some roasted dried chickpeas I got from a Indian market and have been reconstituting in the slow cooker all day. With some whole-grain baguette and a spinach salad, that’s my kind of dinner!

  4. Just made this myself! Can’t get enough of pumpkin and hummus. A delicious combo :)

  5. Rachel says:

    OMG! Why have I never thought to put pumpkin in hummus before?!? This is SUCH a good idea!!! Thank you!

  6. Make this often and it is always good!

  7. This sounds great! I love pumpkin, and have about 10 cups of puree in my freezer from roasting my halloween pumpkins. Regarding the quest for super smooth hummus, I always puree the chickpeas by themselves before adding other ingredients. I know some people who puree the chickpeas, remove them, puree everything else, then add the chickpeas back in. That sees a little excessive to me, but whatever works! To get the super smooth texture and avoid all that silly chickpea peeling I’ve started making my hummus with channa dal – dried split chickpeas which are already peeled! You have to think ahead enough to soak and cook ’em, but it works like a dream!

  8. Sue says:

    I’m a pumpkin maniac…I could add pumpkin to anything and be happy!

  9. I love pumpkin and I love making hummus! Can’t wait to try this out! Love this pepitas as garnish, I always have some around for topping salads!

    • Sue says:

      It’s subtle, Denise, but a nice variation, especially if you’re like me and make hummus all the time for guests…this just mixes it up a little bit.

  10. Mary says:

    Gorgeous Sue! not orange – just perfect! love the dish also :)
    Mary x

  11. Pumpkin is my all time fav veg but have never considered adding it to make hummus until now. Good tips thanks.

  12. What a beautiful color! I love hummus and it’s been way to long. You always make it look so delicious. Very purdy :)

  13. I eat hummus almost daily; love this pumpkin variation!

  14. mimi says:

    love this. it’s so pretty. And I’m sure delicious as well!

  15. SallyBR says:

    I am smiling here… guess what I made on Saturday? A pumpkin hummus, and the blog is scheduled for later this week… great minds hummus alike!

    (the tip to process longer is exactly how I made mine!)

  16. Liz says:

    Great tip on blending the beans alone – thank you.

    I eat a LOT of beans of all different kinds (Rancho Gordo), but for whatever reason chickpeas and I do not always get along so I’ve taken to making hummus with Cannelini beans. I like the Rancho Gordo heirloom Cannelini as they are larger and cook firmer than others I’ve used. They blend to a very smooth consistency.

    I plan to try this combo of spices which sounds wonderful and also your garden pea hummus which came up in the related recipes. One of my favorite pestos ever is a garden pea pesto – can’t think why I never though to try a hummus with peas :) !

    • Sue says:

      I’ve been meaning to try another bean as a base for hummus, I was thinking white beans. Now you’ve got me curious to try the cannelini.

  17. Hi Sue!
    We love hummus and never imagined using pumpkin into the mix. Its looks and sounds delicious. I haven’t seen hot smoked paprika, does McCormick make this one? Thanks for a super recipe and for sharing! :)

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