Spicy Roasted Carrot Hummus

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.


2 cups

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
This is a wonderful appetizer for Easter, Mother’s Day or any spring gathering. The roasted carrots give this hummus a bright, fresh flavor. Even those who don’t like hummus end up loving this version. —Anne Ormond, Dover, New Hampshire
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  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • Assorted fresh vegetables and pita wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place carrots and garlic in a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil; toss to coat. Roast until carrots are soft, 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Transfer carrot mixture to a food processor. Add garbanzo beans, lemon juice, tahini, water, hot sauce, salt and spices. While processing, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Process until the desired consistency is reached. Transfer to a serving dish. If desired, drizzle with additional oil and hot sauce. Top with sunflower kernels. Serve warm or chilled with vegetables and pita wedges.
Carrot Hummus Tips

How can you make carrot hummus your own?

Smoked paprika will give your carrot hummus some sweet and smoky flavor, whether you mix it in or sprinkle it on top. After preparing the hummus, you could also consider stirring in minced fresh parsley or thyme.

What other toppings can you put on carrot hummus?

Toasted pumpkin seeds or pepitas would be delicious, and chopped, toasted walnuts would lend a bit of richness. For a juicy bite along with a snappy crunch, pomegranate arils look like little gems atop a fresh bowl of hummus. Don’t be intimidated: It’s actually easy to learn how to remove pomegranate seeds.

What else can you serve with carrot hummus?

For a sweet surprise, serve the hummus with cinnamon-spice pita chips. I also love crackers, pita bread, and fresh raw veggies with carrot hummus. You can also turn carrot hummus into a layered dip or spread it on bread to make a sandwich. Check out other recipes with hummus to find other ways to use the savory spread.

How long will carrot hummus last?

The carrot hummus will stay fresh for 5 to 7 days in an airtight container in the fridge, though it’s unlikely to stick around that long. If you liked this recipe, try more of our hummus recipes.

Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 155 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 175mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch.