This hummus is a great appetizer that captures the spirit of autumn, and takes only a couple minutes to make.

I've never succeeded in making a good hummus before. Though hummus recipes seem simple at first glance, getting the balance of ingredients just right is harder than you might think. For this recipe, the only change I made was leaving out the fresh garlic. Though that's a key ingredient in most hummus recipes, it's also what usually ruins my recipe if I don't get it just right. Leaving it out worked really well, and this hummus turned out to be the best I've made. However, garlic is good for you and among devoted hummus eaters, leaving it out is sacrilegious. So, I've kept it as part of the ingredients list. With or without garlic, this recipe is a real winner that celebrates the season.

I topped this off with a sprinkle of paprika and sesame seeds, and paired it with some black pepper crackers. It's delicious!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 1.5 cups hummus

Close up of pumpkin hummus on a crackerWhether it's on crackers or pita chips, this hummus will liven up any meal. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)

Spicy Pumpkin Hummus


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (you can use canned or make your own)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Cooking Directions

  1. Place chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, water and tahini in food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  2. Add pumpkin and seasonings. Pulse to combine.
  3. With the food processor running, drizzle in olive oil until blended.
  4. Taste and add more lemon juice or cayenne pepper if needed.

Pumpkin hummus in a ramekin, plated with microgreensAn autumnal twist on a favorite, this pumpkin hummus will please you and your guests. (Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch)

Jaymi Heimbuch ( @jaymiheimbuch ) focuses on wildlife conservation and animal news from her home base in San Francisco.

Spicy Pumpkin Hummus
This unusual take on hummus has an autumnal vibe. It's a deliciously different way to make hummus.