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caramelized onion hummus in a bowl with pita chips

Caramelized Onion Hummus

  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Caramelized onions are truly magical with their depth of flavors. That’s what makes this hummus so tasty!


  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-15 oz can garbanzo beans
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup water


  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a nonstick pan or cast iron skillet. Add the sliced onions and ¼ tsp salt. Saute over medium-low heat for 40-60 minutes until caramelized. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Set aside ¼ cup of caramelized onions to use for the topping. 
  2. Once the onions have a deep brown color, add the balsamic vinegar and stir for a minute. Turn off the heat. 
  3. Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add more water or olive oil if necessary to reach your desired consistency.
  4. Serve with pita chips, pretzels and fresh veggies. Enjoy!


  • You can caramelize the onions ahead of time if necessary. Store them in the fridge until ready to blend into hummus!
  • Make sure to blend any leftover olive oil in the caramelized onion pan. 
  • 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