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10 Flavorful Ways to Enhance Hummus for an Even Tastier Snack

Delicious bowls of different kinds of hummus on a blue table.
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Hummus already offers so much richness and flavor in each bite. But, If you want to add a little extra zest or flair, try swirling in or topping it off with one of these 10 exciting flavor boosters.

This Middle Eastern spread tastes great on sandwiches, in pasta, or on its own as a healthy snack. However, there are so many ways to add even more to this yummy treat. Try one (or all) of these tasty flavor enhancers.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Adding cooked sweet potato to hummus is a great way to add color, flavor, and even more nutritional value. Add about half of a baked sweet potato right into the food processor when you blend all the ingredients.

If you have already made hummus, be sure to puree the cooked sweet potato, then add it to the hummus. Serve this with a side of fresh veggies or pretzel thins.

Pesto: Sundried Tomato or Traditional

homemade hummus topped with sun dried tomato pesto and traditional pesto.
Emilee Unterkoefler

Pesto provides a tremendous flavor to any dish. The combo of pine nuts, fresh basil, garlic, and parmesan create a splendid addition to many meals. Swirl this right on top of the hummus, or blend in a few tablespoons.

If you haven’t tried sundried tomato pesto, then there is no better time than now. It’s very different from traditional pesto but tastes fantastic. You can add this to your hummus the same way you would with traditional pesto.

Taco Seasoning and Fresh Pico

If you are a fan of all things Mexican cuisine, then this one is a must-try. Take a standard hummus recipe and add in about ½ tablespoon of taco seasoning per one cup of hummus. This will add that classic taco flavor burst you love.

You can top your hummus with black beans, corn salsa, or even guacamole. By far, our favorite is to add freshly made Pico de Gallo. Dice a plum tomato, mince a clove of garlic, and chop a tablespoon of fresh cilantro. Add all the ingredients to a bowl, squeeze a fresh lime, add salt and pepper, and voila, fresh Pico.

Place the freshly made Pico right on top of your hummus and eat with tortilla chips. For an extra kick, add in a bit of chopped jalapeño.

Roasted Beet Hummus

Many love the vibrant colors and flavoring that beets have to offer. You can do so much with this nutrient-dense vegetable, but one way to enjoy it is by adding it to hummus.

Set your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the leafy greens and stem, and wash the beet thoroughly. Wrap the beet loosely in foil, then place it on a small tray, and bake it in the oven for about 40 to 50 minutes or until soft.

Once your beet has come out of the oven and has completely cooled, peel the skin. Chop your beet into a few small pieces then add it to your food processor. Blend well with the hummus ingredients. You may need to add a little extra olive oil until it’s perfectly smooth.

Top It with Tapenade

Hummus topped with tapenade
Emilee Unterkoefler

Tapenade is a dip traditionally made with black olives, capers, and anchovies. We love mincing Spanish olives, Greek olives, and a clove of garlic, then mixing it to create a simple yet flavorful topping.

Place your tapenade right on top of your hummus with an extra swirl of extra virgin olive oil for a healthy and nutritious snack. Spread this on top of a piece of soft pita bread and enjoy.

Chocolate Hummus? Um, Yes Please

Here is a healthier alternative to eating chocolate on its own. With only a few ingredients, this hummus will have you hooked. You’ll need to start from scratch with homemade hummus for this one, because you’ll be replacing lemon, garlic, and olive oil with other ingredients.

For every cup of cooked garbanzo beans, add about 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Adding these ingredients provides a sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor profile, while also sweetening it up with maple syrup.

Honey-Balsamic Reduction Swirl

Ever made a balsamic reduction? It’s super easy and doesn’t take much skill—only a little patience. Be sure to use a good quality balsamic vinegar. You’ll know it’s a good quality if it’s stamped or says that it’s made in Italy.

Place 1 cup of balsamic vinegar in a saucepan, and cook it on medium heat until it begins to bubble. We always add a tablespoon of honey for a bit of a sweet taste.

Bring the heat down to medium-low, being sure to stir every once in a while. You’ll simmer this for about a half-hour, or until it becomes thick. Swirl this on top of hummus, then top with crumbled goat cheese. Enjoy this on crostini.

Go Spicy with Your Favorite Hot Sauce

Whether you douse everything with Franks, or can’t go a meal without Sriracha, here’s one for you.

Simply make homemade hummus, then add in a little bit of hot sauce at a time. Add the sauce according to your preferred flavor profile, so taste as you go until you are satisfied.

You can also purchase hot sauce or buffalo sauce in a powdered form, which can alternatively be added instead.

Mediterranean Style

Mediterranean style hummus topped with chopped olives, and feta cheese with a side of fresh veggies.
Emilee Unterkoefler

Top your hummus with all the Mediterranean flavors you adore. Freshly diced tomato, Kalamata olives, crumbled feta, basil, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil creates a fantastic topping.

Next time you throw a party, spread hummus on fresh crostini, then top with the ingredients mentioned. You and your guest will love this delightful party appetizer.

Avocado Hummus

Reap from the benefits of the ever-popular and healthy fruit—avocado. You can top your hummus with homemade guac, or simply add an avocado to your food processor while making hummus.

Top with freshly diced plum tomato, a bit of salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil, and serve with tortilla chips.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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