Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

A white bowl of pumpkin hummus topped with chickpeas and olive oil surrounded by pita bread and carrot sticks.

This Pumpkin Hummus is creamy and delicious, with a surprising savoury spicy kick that comes from Thai red curry paste. Make this easy appetizer dip from scratch in under 30 minutes.

Everyone loves an uncomplicated dip with heaps of flavour and minimal ingredients. I could eat this Homemade Creamy Whipped Feta by the bowlful and our son always demolishes this Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus in one sitting. I hope you love them as much as we do!

A white bowl of pumpkin hummus topped with chickpeas and olive oil surrounded by pita bread and carrot sticks.

Pumpkin Hummus

Around here, hummus doesn’t last very long. The good news is that it’s super easy to whip up a batch. It’s a great way to sneak in some extra veggies too. We love ours with roasted beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, or pumpkin.

You may see other dip recipes with ‘pumpkin spice’ seasonings. This is savoury pumpkin hummus with an attitude. The Thai red curry paste really gives this super creamy dip an addictive kick. So, for all you spice heads out there in hummus land, this one’s for you!

A white bowl of pumpkin hummus topped with chickpeas and olive oil surrounded by pita bread and carrot sticks.

What is Hummus?

I’m sure you’ve heard of hummus by now. In case you haven’t, hummus is a creamy dip or spread that consists of cooked chickpeas blended with garlic, lemon juice, and usually tahini.

This Middle Eastern dip with roots in ancient Egypt (though the exact origin is unknown and often passionately debated) is delicious with fresh pita bread or as part of a meze platter. In many countries, it’s a very common diet staple, often enjoyed as a warm dish for breakfast (with bread), lunch, or dinner.

Beyond the most recognizable basic hummus, regional varieties exist throughout the Middle East. Additionally, the popularity of hummus has spread worldwide, leading to some very extremely controversial variations (chocolate hummus, I’m looking at you).

Ingredients used in making pumpkin hummus.

Ingredients for Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

Besides the standard four ingredients, this Pumpkin Hummus recipe contains (you guessed it) pumpkin. The very non traditional addition of Thai red curry paste is the ultimate food fusion.

  • Pumpkin
  • Thai Red Curry Paste
  • Chickpeas
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Optional Tahini
  • Optional Lime

Roasting the pumpkin really deepens the flavour so I highly recommend going the extra mile with a real sugar pumpkin. However, they can be difficult to find out of season. Feel free to substitute butternut or red kuri squash and it is amazing with roasted carrots too.

A glass bowl containing the ingredients for pumpkin hummus.

You can find Thai red curry paste at most supermarkets. This fiery paste contains a mixture of red chilies, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, salt, cilantro, shallots, and shrimp paste.

Canned chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are a convenient option for this recipe. However, you can also soak dried chickpeas overnight. Then, in the morning drain the soaking liquid and cook them in fresh water until they are soft. Feel free to substitute a can of navy beans if you have a chickpea allergy or can’t get to the store.

Tahini, or ground sesame seeds, are an essential ingredient in traditional hummus. However, this recipe is quite far from the classic dip. Feel free to leave it out or substitute with peanut butter, if you prefer.

Close up of a bowl of pumpkin hummus garnished with chickpeas and olive oil.

How to Make Pumpkin Hummus

Let’s begin by roasting the pumpkin. Firstly, preheat your oven to 425 F. Next, cut up the pumpkin into small uniform pieces. roughly an inch in size. Place the diced pumpkin onto a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then roast for 15-20 minutes.

Remove the pumpkin from the oven when it is soft and slightly golden brown. If you like a bit more caramelization, feel free to roast the pumpkin longer.

Place the roasted pumpkin in the bowl of a food processor (or use a stick blender) and blend until smooth. Add the curry paste, garlic, and drained canned chickpeas.

Process the mixture until it becomes smooth and creamy. Stop and scrape down the sides a few times so that every last bit is processed and no lumps remain. Garnish and serve.

A white bowl of pumpkin hummus with a triangle of fresh pita in it.

Great Garnishes for Pumpkin Hummus

This hummus is perfect on its own, but since we eat with our eyes first, it looks much more appetizing with a pretty garnish on top. There are many ways to add a bit of oomph to the top of this dip.

Naturally, pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds (black and white!) would look spectacular; as would a sprinkling of dark red chili powder. Whole cooked chickpeas or baked crispy chickpeas are also a fun topping as is small diced roasted pumpkin.

Green herbs such as chopped chives, cilantro, or parsley will add another dimension of flavour and a striking contrast of colour.

In addition to the garnishes, a generous swirl of your best olive oil is THE most essential and traditional way to finish a bowl of hummus.

A white bowl of pumpkin hummus topped with chickpeas and olive oil surrounded by pita bread and carrot sticks.

Serving Suggestions

The simplest way to serve pumpkin hummus is with fresh pita, toasted pitas or pita chips. We love it with crackers and crudités such as snap peas, carrot or bell pepper sticks, cucumber slices.

For lunch, it’s delicious on toasted sourdough or crusty bread as a tartine or as a sandwich spread.

One of my favourite super easy dinner recipes is a rice or grain bowl topped with lots of veggies and seasoned cooked ground beef topped warm hummus.

A hand holds a triangle of pita bread topped with pumpkin hummus over a bowl of the same.

How Long Will Pumpkin Hummus Keep For

In our house this hummus lasts for 2-3 hours, especially when my son is home. This dip is a great make ahead appetizer as it will keep for up to a week in the fridge. Store it in an airtight container way in the back so no one finds it.

If you must freeze this hummus, be aware that the pumpkin might separate and become watery. Thaw it, then give it a quick stir and it should be good to go.

A hand holds a triangle of pita bread topped with pumpkin hummus over a bowl of the same.

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Yield: 4 servings

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

A white bowl of pumpkin hummus topped with chickpeas and olive oil surrounded by pita bread and carrot sticks.

This Pumpkin Hummus is creamy and delicious, with a surprising savoury spicy kick from Thai red curry paste. Make this easy appetizer from scratch in under 30 minutes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pumpkin; large dice 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas; drained well 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for roasting and drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Place the pumpkin chunks on a large baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the pumpkin is soft and slightly golden brown. If you like a bit more caramelization, feel free to roast the pumpkin longer.
  4. Place the pumpkin in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth.
  5. Add the drained chickpeas, curry paste, salt and pepper, and garlic powder.
  6. Process again until creamy and set aside to cool.
  7. Garnish as desired (fresh or dried parsley, chili flakes, sea salt flakes, sesame seeds, chickpeas (canned or roasted), pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, black coarse pepper.
  8. Serve with pita bread, crackers, or vegetable sticks such as carrots, cucumbers, celery or bell peppers.



Notes

Garnish options: fresh or dried parsley, chili flakes. Other favorites include: sea salt flakes, sesame seeds, chickpeas (canned or roasted), pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, black coarse pepper.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 189Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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29 comments

  1. Alexandra

    Love this delicious hummus – it is so tasty. The Thai red curry paste adds such a great depth of flavour. The colour is beautiful also!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you so much Alexandra, so glad you enjoyed this hummus.

      Reply

  2. Jessica

    I love the addition of red curry paste to this hummus. It adds so much flavor and compliments the pumpkin perfectly. Next time I make this, I’m going to slather it in a wrap with some veggies and feta. Mmmmm.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Such a great idea, I love hummus in veggie wraps. YUM

      Reply

  3. Marcellina

    Oooh great humus! Luckily I’ve got all the ingredients and this will go perfectly with the grilled chicken breast I’m having tonight. The red curry paste is ingenious!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      You’re right, that would be a great combination. Enjoy!

      Reply

  4. Erin Gierhart

    The curry paste makes this hummus so addicting! I love it with naan.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It really does! I know it’s not a usual combination but it just works.

      Reply

  5. Dennis

    OMG, that hummus was amazing! Everyone raved about it!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      So glad you liked it Dennis!

      Reply

  6. Gloria

    I can eat hummus by the spoonful. I am also a pumpkin fanatic. This recipe is a winner all the way around.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It seems like this hummus was made exactly for you then. Enjoy!

      Reply

  7. Amanda Dixon

    Great hummus recipe! The curry adds such a wonderfully warm flavor that’s perfect for fall, and it’s super simple to whip up.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Wow, so glad you enjoyed the flavours Amanda. Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

  8. Veronika

    This is such a great recipe! The flavors are amazing and it was so easy to make. Going to make another batch this weekend.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Excellent to hear. I love a repeat reader!

      Reply

  9. Lauren Michael Harris

    Pumpkin Hummus! What a great idea for a fall appetizer or snack – two of my all time favorites!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s especially great to munch on during football games and for a Halloween party spread.

      Reply

  10. Jacqueline Debono

    This looks like a fabulous pumpkin hummus. Love the idea of making it spicy with Thai curry paste!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, it’s an interesting flavour combination that really works!

      Reply

  11. Amy Liu Dong

    This pumpkin hummus looks really good and tasty. My father is a big fan of spicy food, and I am sure he will love this. Thank you!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I’m sure he will too Amy! Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

  12. Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer

    YES, YES, and YES!!! This hummus is so good and perfect for the season! It’s absolutely incredible and a must-make!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I agree! And it’s quite tasty too.

      Reply

  13. Chandice

    What a delicious fall pumpkin dish! I love that it’s unique and can be served as a meal or an appetizer.

    Reply

  14. Megan Ellam

    This is absolutely my kind of dip. Mind you I use it with everything. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Us too! We also love beet hummus. It’s great to have some extra veggies in our stomachs.

      Reply

  15. Elaine

    There is just no way I will not try this hummus. It looks absolutely outstanding!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      So great to hear. It’s pretty delicious but I may be biased! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

      Reply

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