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A close up of humus in a white bowl with caramelized onions of top and pita chips scattered around the bowl.

Homemade Caramelized Onion Hummus

  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dip
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Homemade caramelized onion hummus is savory, creamy and delicious! The caramelized onions bring such a depth of flavor to this chickpea dip especially combined with the tangy notes of balsamic vinegar. 


Units Scale
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a nonstick pan or cast iron skillet. Add the sliced onions and ¼ tsp salt.
  2. Sauté over medium-low heat for 30-50 minutes until caramelized. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Set aside ¼ cup of caramelized onions to use for the topping. 
  3. Once the onions have a deep brown color, add the balsamic vinegar and stir for a minute or two until it reduces. Turn off the heat. 
  4. Combine all ingredients (except the 1/4 of onions) into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add more water or olive oil if necessary to reach your desired consistency.
  5. Serve the hummus in a shallow bowl and top it off with the remaining caramelized onions. Enjoy with pita chips, pretzels and fresh veggies.


  • You can caramelize the onions ahead of time if necessary. Store them in the fridge until ready to blend into hummus!
  • Substitute garbanzo beans for any white bean of your choosing.
  • Drizzle extra olive oil on top for serving.
  • Be careful not to burn the onions! The perfectly caramelized onions are the secret to making this dish so flavorful.

Keywords: caramelized onion hummus