Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus is a five-minute appetizer or spread full of smoky, spicy and sweet flavors. Simple wholesome ingredients and fast preparation make this a great choice for entertaining!
Originally published September 2015; updated September 2018
As cooler weather sets in I crave deeper flavors in food and love fast, easy recipes I can whip up in minutes. Hummus is at the top of the list.
There’s only one thing that beats making hummus in five minutes; making Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus in five minutes!
Perfect as a dip or spread, pumpkin hummus is a fall favorite full of wholesome ingredients.
Great for entertaining (especially with drop-ins since it can be made so fast) or a great lunch box option for kids or working adults.
What is Hummus?
If you haven’t tasted hummus, it’s a thick Middle Eastern dip or spread made from garbanzo beans, sesame seeds (usually in the form of a paste called tahini), lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and salt.
Hummus has great flavor as well as is an excellent source of vegetable protein and fiber. It’s simple to make so though readily available in grocery stores, making it from scratch is a snap!
Ingredients in Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus
The fun thing about hummus is that is can be changed up easily to have a whole new flavor.
This pumpkin hummus recipe has all the standard hummus ingredients of garbanzo beans, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, tahini and salt) as well as pumpkin puree (which you can make yourself or buy) and adobo sauce from a can of Chipotle en Adobo.
NOTE for Gluten-Free diners: always check the ingredient label for chipotles en adobo as I’ve found some brands do include wheat.
Adding the pumpkin and adobo sauce gives the hummus a smoky, slightly spicy, earthy flavor and gorgeous orange color. It’s perfect for fall!
TIP: I keep pepitas in my freezer at all times so I can break out a portion when I need them and keep the rest fresh.
A Flavor Note on Pumpkin Hummus
This pumpkin hummus is not overly spicy. If you are a fan of lots of ‘heat’ feel free to bump up the amount of adobo sauce AFTER tasting it!
Also those who fear the flavor of pumpkin, this pumpkin hummus doesn’t taste crazy pumpkin-y. Just enough to mesh with the smoky, spicy flavors with its natural sweetness.
How to Make Pumpkin Hummus
The recipe could not be easier!
A Shortcut for Peeling Garlic
Peeling the garlic cloves are the hardest (and longest) part of preparing Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus (which let’s you know how EASY this recipe is!). AND there is a way to make that even easier and faster.
Use a Garlic Peeler
A garlic peeler an inexpensive silicone tube the garlic cloves are placed inside. Pressure is placed on the tube by squeezing it down onto a hard surface (like a counter top) and rolled.
This cracks the peel of the garlic clove and frees without getting your hands covered with garlic. It’s cheap, fast and easy.
Use a large kitchen knife
If you don’t care about getting garlic on your hands, use the side of a large kitchen knife and push the side of the blade down onto the garlic clove (being careful to avoid the sharp edge) to crack the peel of the garlic. Separate the peel from the garlic clove.
Use Stir-In Garlic
You can also substitute a stir-in Garlic paste (available in the produce section of most grocery stores) or prepared garlic.
Either of these options can be stored in the refridgerator to be ready in a moment’s notice for any recipes. The stir-in paste I use is Gourmet Garden brand which is organic and fresh in the produce department (in tubes).
What to Eat with Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin hummus is a fabulous spread or a dip. Add it to a sandwich for big flavors.
If dipping here are some favorite options to dip:
- Quarters of pita bread. This is a classic with hummus being a Middle Eastern dish. (more on a gluten-free pita bread here)
- Fresh vegetables like carrots, celery, jicama slices, slices of bell pepper, cherry tomatoes
If you’ve tried this Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus recipe please RATE THE RECIPE below!
Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus
- 3 large Garlic Cloves , peeled
- 1 15-ounce can Garbanzo Beans , drained
- 1 cup Pumpkin Puree (homemade or canned)
- 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Tahini
- 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
- 3 teaspoons Adobo Sauce (taken from a can of Chipotle Chilies en Adobo or a jar of Adobo Sauce)
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- Roasted , salted Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) to garnish the hummus
Add the garlic cloves to the bowl of a food processor and process until minced.
Add the remaining ingredients and process until the hummus is smooth. Refrigerate until serving.