Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet potatoes' orange glow gives away their beta-carotene content. By serving this dip with whole-wheat pita and raw vegetables such as red peppers and broccoli, you also get selenium, vitamin C, and sulforaphane.
Body+Soul, July/August 2009
  • Prep Time 5 minutes
  • Total Time 25 minutes
  • Yield Makes 4 cups
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  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can (19.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Whole-wheat pita and crudites such as red pepper and broccoli


  1. Set a steamer basket in a large pot. Fill with enough water to come just below basket; bring to a boil. Add potatoes; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a food processor.

  2. Combine chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, oil, cumin, and garlic in the food processor. Puree, about 1 minute; thin with water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper and let cool; refrigerate, in an airtight container, up to 1 week. Serve with pita and crudites.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (22)

  • zaira2000 14 Jul, 2014

    I love sweet potato!

  • Amalia23 4 Jan, 2014

    maybe we can change the orange sweet potato with something that we can be found easily around us like Indonesian sweet potato.
    The Venus Factor

  • seprice86 21 Apr, 2013

    If these "sweet potatoes" are orange, doesn't that mean that they are actually calling for yams in this recipe? Or does the seasoning create the orange hue?

  • Swiftdanzer 25 Oct, 2012

    Great recipe. I microwaved the sweet potatoes...works fine. I added more garlic. I added splenda brand brown sugar (about 1/4 cup) and some cinnamon. Love love love.

  • JennieVH 18 Jul, 2012

    Wow, super disappointing. Very little hummus flavor. I doubled the garlic and added more cumin & salt... nothing. Bummer.

  • ohm0lly 9 May, 2011

    I'd agree with hannaherrett. This is the best hummus I've ever had. It's just so much more bold and flavorful than the store bought hummuses. Eating this hummus made me realize "this is how it's supposed to taste." Great recipe.

  • satabor 6 Mar, 2011

    Very disappointed. It took a heck of a lot more olive oil than 2 tablespoons! I don't think I'll ever use it again.

  • hc1871 22 Feb, 2011

    I didn't have chickpeas so I used white beans. Came out very good but I think next time I might put a little more garlic. I made my own tahini for the first time and it was so simple. I also made the almond poppy seed crackers. They go really well with the hummus. I can't wait to make this for the next party.

  • hannaherrett 27 Jan, 2011

    I tried this recipe this afternoon and my mother went on about it for hours! She said it's the best hummus she's ever had, and we've had a lot of hummus.

  • sapetsch 27 Jan, 2011

    Auntie Betty, I cooked my sweet potatoes in the oven and the hummus turned out fine so I imagine the microwave would work too.
    I didn't have tahini so I used a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter and the hummus turned out delicious. I also forgot to add the lemon juice-still delicious. I am curious as to how it will taste with the lemon juice.
    Awesome recipe! It is really delicious and healthy and can be used in so many ways. I highly recommend it.

  • UUjerri1 10 Jan, 2011

    This recipe is simple and superb! If using a blender instead of food processor I recommend halfing the recipe as it makes a LOT. Then you can add more water if necessary to get it to blend well. A full recipe is great to make too because portions can be frozen for later use. It's a great recipe to bring to a party, pot luck or just to eat for lunch. Really, really delicious!

  • stephmonster87 10 Sep, 2010

    Love this! Perfect for lunch wraps! http://www.fourgreensteps.com/community/recipes/sandwiches/hummus-wrap

  • karenelizabeth 7 Sep, 2010

    How much is a 200 calorie serving?

  • KathBeckett 23 Aug, 2010

    People! RELAX! Simply replace the chickpeas with the sweet potato. THEN, you will be fine and able to enjoy a fabulous dish with friends and family.

  • AuntieBetty 23 Jul, 2010

    Does anyone know of a reason the sweet potatoes can't be cooked in the microwave in preperation for this recipe?

  • UUjerri1 23 Jun, 2010

    This is a fabulous recipe!

  • Milliexyz 11 Oct, 2009

    Thanks soooooo much for getting the correct instructions to us.

  • msgrneyz2 9 Oct, 2009

    The recipe above is for Chicken salad with grapes, avacado's and spinach.

  • Tammy777 9 Oct, 2009

    incorrect recipe, please review

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  • NerdGirl 6 Jul, 2009

    Directions and ingredients do not match. Something mixed up here.