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Caramelized Onion Hummus
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Author: Lisa Lin

Caramelized Onion Hummus

Caramelized onions bring nice sweet flavors to plain hummus. You can make this hummus in 10 minutes with only 5 ingredients. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins


  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 1/2 TBS olive oil, divided
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 to 1 TBS lemon juice, depending on your taste
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • Pour 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small skillet or sauté pan and place it over medium-high heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add the yellow onions and let it cook for about a few minutes, stirring occasionally. When the onions are browned, turn off the heat.
  • In a food processor, blend together the chickpeas, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and sea salt until you get a creamy mixture.
  • Empty the chickpea mixture into a bowl and mix in the caramelized onions until well incorporated. Season with more salt if necessary.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers for up to a week.


1. I highly recommend making hummus in a food processor or a large blender, such as a Vitamix blender. In the past, I made hummus in a conventional blender, and it was a big headache. The chickpeas constantly stuck to the bottom of the blender. I used this food processor to make the hummus this time, and it was a breeze. No more stuck chickpeas![br]2. I added 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into the hummus. If you don't like that much lemon flavor, add a 1/2 tablespoon or 2 teaspoons only.[br]3. If you like super creamy hummus, add another 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the hummus.
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