Mouth-watering Recipe: Caramelised Onion Hummus

Dear food enthusiasts,

Are you in the mood for a savory snack that’s packed with flavor? Look no further than my Caramelised Onion Hummus recipe. This tantalizing twist on classic hummus is sure to leave your taste buds wanting more.

Hummus has always been a favorite of mine, but I wanted to elevate this classic dish by adding caramelised onion. The sweetness of the onions perfectly balances the tangy flavor of the lemon juice and tahini paste. This recipe is perfect for when you need a quick appetizer for guests or when you just want a satisfying snack.

The key ingredient to making this hummus truly stand out is the caramelised onion. You will be surprised at how easy and quick it is to make caramelised onions, and once you add them to this recipe, it will be hard to go back to plain hummus.

I have always believed that cooking is an art form that should be shared and enjoyed by all. I hope that this recipe brings joy and excitement to your culinary experience. So put on your apron, gather up your ingredients, and let’s dive into this delicious recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Caramelised Onion Hummus
Caramelised Onion Hummus

Are you looking for a new, delicious dip to add to your snack list? Look no further than this Caramelised Onion Hummus recipe!

One of the reasons why you’ll love this recipe is because it’s a unique twist on a classic hummus recipe. By incorporating caramelised onions, the hummus adds a rich, sweet flavour that will have you coming back for seconds (and possibly thirds).

But that’s not all – our hummus recipe is also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and a food processor, you can whip up a batch in no time.

If you’re someone who likes to switch up their snacks often, this onion hummus recipe is perfect for hosting events or for bringing to parties. It provides your guests with an option that’s different from your typical store-bought dips like Sabra hummus or onion dip.

Plus, the caramelised onion hummus is extremely versatile in terms of serving and pairing. You can serve it with pita chips, crackers, carrot sticks or celery sticks. Its depth of flavour pairs well with other Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as lamb kebabs or falafel wraps.

And let’s not forget about the health benefits! This chickpeas and tahini-based dip is high in protein which will help keep you feeling full for longer. Additionally, it’s vegan-friendly and dairy-free – making it easily accessible for those with dietary restrictions.

Overall, there are countless reasons why you’ll love this unique and easy-to-make onion hummus recipe – so why not give it a try today?

Ingredient List

 Smokey garlic and caramelised onion blend perfectly in this creamy and savoury hummus
Smokey garlic and caramelised onion blend perfectly in this creamy and savoury hummus

To make this caramelised onion hummus, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice from 1-2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons roasted garlic (optional)
  • Salt to taste

You can find most of these ingredients in your local grocery store. I recommend choosing fresh chickpeas to get the best flavor. The onions are caramelized with a bit of butter or olive oil and brown sugar to give the hummus a sweet taste. If you want to add a touch of acidity, you can add balsamic vinegar. Tahini, olive oil and lemon juice bring the base flavors of spices, nutty tones and a citrusy punch that complements the sweetness of caramelised onions. And if you opt for it, roasted garlic adds an extra depth of savory flavour to this rich hummus recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 This flavourful dip comes together in just a few easy steps
This flavourful dip comes together in just a few easy steps

Now let’s dive into the recipe and how to make this delicious caramelized onion hummus.


  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons roasted garlic
  • 1 15.5 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Once hot, place the sliced red onion in the pan and cook for about 15 minutes or until caramelized, stirring occasionally.

  2. In another pan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter.

  3. Add the sliced yellow onion along with the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar in the pan with melted butter. Cook for around 20 minutes or until caramelized, stirring frequently.

  4. In a food processor, combine the caramelized onions from both pans along with the tahini, lemon juice, and roasted garlic. Pulse several times to blend everything together.

  5. Next, add in the drained and rinsed chickpeas into the processor and pulse again until everything is well combined.

  6. While running the food processor, slowly drizzle in about 2 tbsp of olive oil until the hummus has reached your desired consistency. Add salt to taste.

  7. Once done, transfer it to a serving bowl, garnish with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and some roasted chickpeas if desired.

That’s it! The result should be a deliciously smooth Caramelized Onion Hummus that you won’t be able to resist!

Substitutions and Variations

 Add a crispy crunch to your hummus game with some pita chips or fresh veggies
Add a crispy crunch to your hummus game with some pita chips or fresh veggies

Are you feeling adventurous and looking to mix up the flavors of this already delicious Onion Hummus Recipe? Fortunately, there is plenty of room for customization with this recipe. Here are some variations and substitutions that you can try with your homemade onion hummus:

1. Garlic Caramelized Onion Hummus: If you are a fan of garlic, then this variation is perfect for you. Simply use roasted garlic along with caramelized onions to add a garlicky flavor.

2. Red Onion Hummus: To add a pop of color and a slightly different taste, substitute the yellow onion with red onions. You can either caramelize them or leave them raw.

3. Butter Bean Hummus: Create a unique twist on this classic recipe by using butter beans instead of chickpeas. It’s easy to make; use the same onion caramelization technique as always, but blend it with drained and rinsed butter beans instead.

4. Balsamic Caramelized Onion Hummus: For a touch of sweetness, substitute brown sugar with balsamic vinegar when caramelizing the onions to create a unique tangy flavor.

5. Add-In Ideas: Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment by adding in other ingredients or herbs like parsley, roasted red peppers, or even jalapenos if you prefer a bit of spice in your hummus.

Remember that experimenting with variations is about creating something that excites your taste buds! So, feel free to integrate any alternative recipe or ingredient that meets your fancy because cooking is all about fun and discovery!

Serving and Pairing

 Impress your guests with this homemade hummus, packed with irresistible aromas and flavors
Impress your guests with this homemade hummus, packed with irresistible aromas and flavors

Now for the most exciting part: serving and pairing your delicious caramelized onion hummus!

This recipe is so versatile and can be served in a variety of ways to suit different preferences. You can serve it as an appetizer or snack, accompanied by pita bread, tortilla chips, or fresh vegetable sticks like carrots and cucumbers. It’s also a great addition to sandwiches, wraps, buddha bowls, or salads for an extra burst of flavor.

For a complete meal, you can pair your caramelized onion hummus with grilled chicken or veggies for a light and healthy lunch or dinner. It also works well as a dip for roasted sweet potatoes or as a spread on toast or crackers. Trust me – this hummus is so addictive that once you start pairing it up with different dishes you will never want to stop trying new combinations!

As for drinks, I highly recommend pairing it with a refreshing drink like lemonade, iced tea, or sparkling water. The combination of the savory hummus and the refreshing drink is sure to leave your taste buds longing for more.

So whether you’re entertaining guests or indulging in some self-care time at home, this homemade caramelized onion hummus is guaranteed to add some fun to your mealtime routine!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The combination of creamy chickpeas and caramelised onion makes for the perfect protein-packed snack
The combination of creamy chickpeas and caramelised onion makes for the perfect protein-packed snack

I believe that pre-planning is the key to success in cooking, especially for larger gatherings. That’s why I recommend making this Caramelised Onion Hummus ahead of time. When it’s time to serve, you will have an irresistible hummus that’s not just delicious, but also convenient.

Make-Ahead: You can prepare the hummus up to two days before serving. Simply store in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator until ready to go. Do this right and you can have more time for entertaining your guests without having to worry about last-minute meal preparations.

Storing: Whether it’s leftover hummus or a batch you made ahead of time, storing them properly is essential for maintaining freshness and flavors. I always suggest keeping the hummus in an airtight container and refrigerating it immediately. Properly stored, it will maintain its quality for up to four days.

Reheating: This recipe doesn’t require reheating since it’s served cold or at room temperature. However, if you do need to reheat the hummus, there are some things to keep in mind. First, transfer the hummus from the refrigerator or freezer into a microwave-safe dish, and reheat on low power, stirring occasionally until heated through. Alternatively, if you don’t have access to a microwave, transfer the hummus to a non-stick pan over low heat and stir until evenly heated.

With these simple tips and tricks, storing and reheating this Caramelised Onion Hummus should be a breeze! So go ahead – make this delectable hummus ahead of time so that you’re always ready for entertaining guests with a delicious dip – perfect with veggies, chips or pita chips.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Everyone loves hummus, but this recipe takes it to the next level with its rich and indulgent flavor profile
Everyone loves hummus, but this recipe takes it to the next level with its rich and indulgent flavor profile

To make the best caramelised onion hummus, certain tips will ensure that the outcome is perfect every time. Here are some tips that I’ve gathered along the way:

First and foremost, it is essential to caramelize onions perfectly. Cook them on medium heat for about 30-40 minutes until they transform into a gorgeously brown color, ensuring that they do not burn. Cooking onions low and slow allows their natural sweetness to develop, which complements the savory notes of the chickpeas.

Next, I highly recommend using extra virgin olive oil as its flavor enhances the overall taste of the hummus. Additionally, using it in different steps such as cooking onions and tahini or blending hummus creates a distinguished taste profile.

Another essential tip is not to skip roasting garlic before adding it to the recipe. Roasting garlic softens its pungent flavors while adding a smoky and nutty richness to it. Sprinkle some salt over whole unpeeled garlic cloves and drizzle olive oil, then roast in an oven or toaster oven at 375°F for ten minutes.

When processing hummus ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender, add water slowly until you get your desired creamy consistency. This step is crucial since too much liquid can impact the hummus’s thickness or texture. Also, blend until the smoothest consistency is achieved for optimal results.

Lastly, let your homemade hummus rest in a fridge for at least half an hour before serving as doing so will give it time to settle down and allow the flavors to meld well together.

By following these tips, each batch of caramelized onion hummus you make will be better than the previous one!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this recipe for caramelized onion hummus is not only delicious but also easy to make. With a few simple ingredients, you can create a dish that will impress your guests and tantalize their taste buds. The sweet and savory flavors of the caramelized onions perfectly complement the smooth and creamy hummus.

Whether you’re serving it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, or as a spread on sandwiches or wraps, this caramelized onion hummus is sure to be a hit. And with the flexibility to customize the recipe to your liking, you can make it your own.

So why settle for plain old store-bought hummus when you can easily make this homemade version? Impress your friends and family with your culinary skills and treat them to something special. Give this recipe for caramelized onion hummus a try and discover the world of homemade hummus. You won’t regret it!

Caramelised Onion Hummus

Caramelised Onion Hummus Recipe

found in a John West brochure
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 3 cup
Calories 1658.2 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 400 g chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • Melt butter, add chopped onions.
  • Cook medium to high heat till soft.
  • Stir in brown sugar, cook further 3 - 4 minutes to caramelize sugar.
  • Place all other ingredients including the caramelized onions into food processor.
  • Puree till smooth.
  • Serve with pretzels.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 685gCalories: 1658.2kcalCarbohydrates: 180.9gProtein: 43.2gFat: 90.9gSaturated Fat: 17.5gCholesterol: 26.9mgSodium: 1757.7mgFiber: 34.6gSugar: 27.4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, Inexpensive, Low Cholesterol, Onions, Vegetable
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