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A white bowl of caramelized hummus with a blue napkin.
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Caramelized Onion Hummus Dip

This hummus is made by caramelizing onions and cooking them down until they are browned and sweet. This makes the onion flavor stronger and sweeter, which contrasts nicely against the tanginess of tahini.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: caramelized onion hummus, hummus
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 400cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $3


  • can opener
  • colander
  • large skillet
  • Wooden Spoon
  • cutting board & knife
  • Muffin Tin
  • food processor
  • measuring spoons


Caramelized Onion

  • 1 large Vidalia onion *cut into large, thin rings
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or glaze


  • 15 ounces chickpeas drain, but reserve ¼ cup of liquid.
  • cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 full garlic bulb roasted, remove softened cloves only.
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt



  • Cut ½ inch off the top of the garlic bulb. Add garlic to a muffin tin ( cut bulbs facing up) and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of oil over the cut bulb. Add salt & pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before squeezing out the cooked, softened bulbs into the food processor.

Caramelized Onion

  • Start by slicing a large onion and separating the pieces into rings.
  • Add butter to frying pan over medium heat, then add the onion slices and cook for 15-20 minutes until they are soft and golden brown.
  • Add vinegar, salt and pepper to taste (you may need more than you think!) Reserve a few onions to garnish the top of your hummus with.
  • Let cool slightly before putting it in your food processor with chickpeas, tahini paste, lemon juice, water, roasted garlic cloves, caramelized onion, ground cumin, black pepper, and olive oil.
  • Process until smooth – about 2-3 minutes depending on your food processor’s power! You will need the reserved chickpea juices if you want your hummus to be creamier. Add one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • Transfer to a serving dish of choice, and top with reserved onions, and (optional) additional olive oil. We recommend tortillas or dipping warm pita breads.


Nutritional values may vary and are meant to be a guide.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 400cal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4mg