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Caramelized Onion Hummus

This Caramelized Onion Hummus dip is savoury, creamy and delicious. Serve it with pita chips, tortilla chips or vegetables for a delicious appetizer or snack!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Middle-Eastern
Keyword Caramelized Onion Hummus, Hummus
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Large crowd
Calories 227kcal
Author Sweet and Savoury Pursuits


  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil to caramelize the onion
  • 3, 14- oz. can chickpeas total 42-oz.
  • 3/4 cup tahini sesame-seed paste
  • 2 cloves medium garlic
  • 1 lemon juiced (you want every single drop)
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt more to taste
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Cayenne or paprika for sprinkling


  • Slice the onion.
  • Heat 1 Tbs. olive oil in a fry pan on medium-low heat and add the sliced onions. Stir them frequently so that the onions caramelize evenly. Let the onions cool to room temperature.
  • Drain the canned chickpeas reserving some of the liquid and then rinse the chickpeas under cold water.
  • Purée all of the ingredients in a food processor until very smooth, adding the reserved liquid as needed to thin the hummus to a medium-thick paste, if you need to you can use water to thin out the hummus some more.
  • Season with salt, add 3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil and process again. Transfer the hummus to a shallow bowl, drizzle with more olive oil, and sprinkle with paprika or cayenne (if you want to add some heat!).
  • You can also garnish the hummus with some frizzled onions. Just slice up about half a small onion into thin slices and fry in vegetable oil until brown and crisp. Lay the onions on a paper towel to remove the excess oil and then use as a garnish.
  • Serve with pita bread wedges, toasted pita chips, tortilla chips or raw vegetables.


The hummus will keep for about a week.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg