Caramelised Red Onion Hummus – The Superlative Hummus

caramelised red onion hummus served with paprika and spring onions

I love hummus. (I probably mentioned that a few times before and will most likely mention my love many more times in the future). My absolute favourite hummus is caramelised red onion hummus. I first came across that little wonder on a trip to the UK many years ago. Any time I went to the UK, all I was eating was caramelised onion hummus from the supermarkets there. Every supermarket chain has their own brand of caramelised onion hummus. It’s mega cheap and so good. On my last trip about a week ago, I decided not to wait until my next visit and started experimenting with my own recipe. I’m really pleased with the result and have been eating my caramelised red onion hummus every day since.

caramelised red onion hummus served with paprika and spring onions

I’m even happier with my version compared to the supermarket products. Especially because I use fresh and organic ingredients. Another upgrade to the original caramelised onion hummus is the use of red onions. I personally prefer red onions and use them instead of yellow onions. But whatever onions you have to spare, either will work just fine. In the process of caramelising onions (no you don’t need to use sugar for that), they unfold their naturally sweet flavour which gives the hummus this wonderful twist. Seriously, you gotta give this a try!

If you also can’t get enough of hummus, check out my other recipes such as the traditional hummus recipe or the beetroot hummus recipe.

caramelised red onion hummus served with paprika and spring onions

Bon Appetit!

Caramelised Red Onion Hummus Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup chickpeas equivalent of 1 can or 250g
  • 1 medium-sized red onion finely chopped or sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh is best
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 10 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds for serving, optional


For the caramelised onions

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the finely sliced or chopped red onion. 

  2. Stir the red onions every few minutes to prevent them from burning.

  3. Continue to cook and stir until the onions are a riched, browned colour.

  4. At the end of the process, add the tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

For the caramelised red onion hummus

  1. Blend all ingredients together until the hummus is smooth.


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