I have to say I have never made hummus, but I am definitely an enthusiast. I love having some in the morning with pita and eggs and am always delighted to try new hummus flavor combinations I find in the grocery store. From my recent travels to Houston and New Orleans, I had on two occasions a beet hummus appetizer. After trying this wonderful combination, I knew I had to try and replicate the flavor at home.

I adore beets. My first exposure to them honestly was watching Doug. All 90s children know what I mean. I thought it was just a cartoon rock band and not a pink staining root vegetable. But now I love to eat roasted beets and beetroot!. On the other hand I would prefer that when cooking beets my kitchen didn’t look like a horror film with splashes of red-pink juice all over my knives and countertops. But in the name of loving food, I embrace my beet stained hands for the day. With that being said, if you love hummus, take this one for a spin.

Sumac Beet Hummus


Hannah's Bananas

Prep time:

30 mins

Cook time:

20 mins

Total time:

50 mins


~ 20 servings (1 tablespoon each)


  • 2 small-medium sized beets, peeled and cubed
  • 1 15oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 medium sized garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon of water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree. On a foil lined baking sheet, toss the cubed beets in some cooking spray or ½ tablespoon of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Roast the beets for 30 minutes or until tender. Once the beets are tender, allow them to fully cool.
  2. In a high powdered blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients. Pulse until the hummus is a creamy consistency. (*Note: If using a regular blender, blend the ingredients in one by one in small batches to ensure all the ingredients are fully blender and incorporated with one another.)
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Enjoy with some fresh cut veggies, pita triangles, or crunchy pita chips!