Creamy roasted beet hummus is a bright pink hummus that is a little bit earthy, slightly sweet and delicious. It's the perfect appetizer that is not only for beet lovers, everyone will love this homemade hummus.
This recipe was originally posted in August 2017. The content and photos have been updated.
Homemade hummus is always better than the kind you buy in the grocery store, and there are so many ways to make it; savory, spicy, or sweet. Try our snickerdoodle hummus which is a sweet hummus that tastes great as a fruit dip!
Why this recipe works
- It's the perfect healthy snack packed with fiber and nutrients!
- That gorgeous color!
- Roasted beet hummus is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients!
Here is what you will need to make creamy beet hummus
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This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe, scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and instructions.
Here's how to make this easy beet hummus recipe
Roast the beets. This can be done a few days before or you can use leftover roasted beets.
If the beets have green tops on them still, trim them off and wash the beets. Wrap them in parchment or foil and roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for 50 minutes.
Allow the beets to cool off. Once they are cool enough to handle, use a paper towel or a knife to remove the skins which should come off very easily. Chop the beets into chunks and set them aside.
Step 1. Chop the garlic
Add the garlic, tahini and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth and pasty.
Step 3. Add the chickpeas & beets
Add the chickpeas and chopped roasted beets to the food processor and blend.
Step 4. Blend with olive oil
At this point, the mixture will be crumbly, scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and mixture again, and blend again while adding olive oil.
Step 5. Adjust the consistency
Adjust the consistency of the hummus by blending it in cold water. Transfer it to a serving bowl and add a drizzle of olive oil.
Short cut tip! Save time and use canned beets or leftover beets to make this homemade hummus recipe.
Ingredient notes and substitutions
The full list of ingredients to make homemade beet hummus is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients along with ideas for substitutes.
Chickpeas - both canned or dried (and cooked) chickpeas will work in this hummus recipe. I like to use canned chickpeas for the sake of time since they are already cooked.
Beets - you can use any variety of beets that you like or have on hand such as golden beets, white beets, striped beets, or red beets which is what I used to make this hummus. Try experimenting with different types of beets to see which you like best.
Tahini adds nuttiness to hummus and is a staple in hummus recipes. If you don't have tahini or would like to change up the flavor, try using an equal amount of cashew, almond or peanut butter.
What to serve with roasted beet hummus
Hummus is a favorite snack, and beet hummus is not only pretty, and its unique flavor also makes it the perfect dip for fresh vegetables, and pita wedges. pita chips or your favorite crackers.
How to store beet hummus
This tasty hummus will last in your refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container, and up to four months in the freezer in a freezer-safe container.
Once the frozen leftover beet hummus has thawed out, stir it up and serve it!
Beet Hummus Variations
Even though this red beet hummus has a bright flavor on its own, here are a few ways to change up the recipe.
Sweet and spicy beetroot hummus. Add a ½ to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to contrast the sweetness of the beets for a sweet and spicy hummus.
Beet hummus with herbs. Add a few tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs such as basil, mint, tarragon or parsley to the hummus for a fresh vibrant flavor.
Recipe tips and questions
Hummus can become thick in the refrigerator. Most times all that you will need s a touch of water to thin it out. Gradually stir cold water (by teaspoon) into the hummus to thin it out to a consistency that you like before serving it.
Tahini adds a tangy flavor and creamy texture to hummus. Some love the flavor and some people don't. If you don't care for the taste of hummus, you can leave it out or use nut butter in its place. Substitutions are mentioned above.
Some claim that peeling the chickpeas will make a creamier hummus. I've tried making hummus both ways; removing chickpea skins and not removing them. We did not notice much of a difference in the texture of the hummus to make it worth the time to peel each chickpea.
It is not recommended to make hummus with uncooked beets. The flavor of raw beets is more earthy and the texture is too coarse and they will not blend as easily as roasted beets.
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