Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

Cayenne pepper, cumin, and smoked paprika give this sweet potato hummus a kick that transforms the classic hummus into a spicy snack!

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I’m about ready to dive face first into this bowl of hummus!

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I always have hummus in my fridge. It cures my it’s too early to eat dinner but I’m starving need, my why isn’t Pat home from work yet so we can eat? situation. It’s my cure all. Hummus makes me happy.

This sweet potato hummus is my classic hummus recipe (which somehow I still haven’t shared with you!) with a few added ingredients – mainly a roasted sweet potato and lots of spices for heat! Upon initial consumption, you get a faint sweet potato flavor and then you get the after burn right in the back of your throat. It hurts so good.

I inhaled this hummus earlier this week as a snack with some sliced veggies, but my favorite way to eat it is smeared on top of a piece of toast with some greens and an over easy fried egg. DO IT! Your tummy will thank you.

Turn up the heat with this Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus | hungrybynature.com

I’m headed to Minnesota today to celebrate the Fourth of July with my family up at our cabin and I COULD. NOT. BE. MORE. EXCITED. I grew up spending every weekend in the summer at the lake; but now that I live in Chicago, it is much more difficult to make the trip. So I really cherish the time that I do have there – swimming, skiing, napping, sauna-ing, reading, and definitely eating. The cabin is in northern Minnesota on a little lake and it is my ultimate happy place. I’ll be posting pictures from the weekend on my Instagram, so make sure you follow along!

We are the type of family that is constantly snacking and I know this Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus will be a hit! If you make hummus this weekend, please let me know! And don’t forget to post a picture social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature for a chance to be featured!

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Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus - simple and healthy! | hungrybynature.com

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins


  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 cup liquid from chickpea can, at most
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons tahini
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet potato, roasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper*


  1. Add garlic to food processor and process until chopped.
  2. Add chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, salt, olive oil, roasted sweet potato, and spices. Process for 1-2 minutes – the mixture will be pretty thick and not completely smooth.
  3. Slowly add in reserved liquid and process until hummus reaches your desired consistency. (I used a full 1/2 cup.)


If you don’t love spice, cut the cayenne pepper amount to 1/2 teaspoon.

Feel the burn.

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus - simple and healthy! | hungrybynature.com

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus - so simple, healthy, and with a kick of heat! | hungrybynature.com

15 thoughts on “Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

  1. Beverley @ Born to Sweat

    my ENTIRE LIFE is waiting for Adam to get home from work so we can eat. unfortunately i have zero hummus in the fridge to tide me over haha. looks delicious and i loveee that its spicy!

    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Isn’t it the worst?! And to be honest, this turned out a little spicier than I intended, but it’s worth the heat ?

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    1. Ellie Post author

      It’s not really 10 minutes to cook, because you don’t have to cook the hummus. It just takes 10 minutes to assemble!

  3. Jodi

    I just made this for Thanksgiving tomorrow. The flavor is good, but I definitely did not need any of the extra liquid from the chickpeas. Mine was a good consistency already (and perhaps even a bit too thin). Not sure why, maybe my sweet potato was bigger (it was about 3/4 cups mashed roasted sweet potato)? But the flavor is good and depending on the quality of your cayenne pepper, it can be very spicy! I am looking forward to sharing it with family tomorrow. Thank you!

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  6. Ethel

    My husband I both loved this hummus recipe. Depends on the strength of cayenne, I used 1/4 tsp, but everything else stayed the same.


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