Oh, Halloween parties. I like Halloween but I’ll be honest.. it’s not my favorite of the holidays. That honor is reserved for Thanksgiving and Cinco De Mayo. In October I’m always stressed about finding a funny costume that’s culturally relevant without being precious or trying too hard; a lofty goal. Last year I just ended up wearing a leopard-print adult onesie from Target. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I have the same conundrum when it comes to Halloween food. Clearly any Halloween party is an excuse to treat yourself to unlimited candy and booze, and I’m totally on board with that. But since everyone else is going to be bringing mini Snickers and a bottle of vodka, I like to get a little more creative. Last year I made pumpkin devils on horseback and this year I’m bringing something else to the table: pumpkin hummus.

Smoky Pumpkin Hummus

If you’ve never made hummus at home, it’s actually really easy (and way more affordable than store-bought). All you need is a food processor… and all the ingredients, ha. Your two staples are obviously chickpeas and tahini. From there, you can pick your pleasure. I always like adding plenty of garlic and lemon and whatever fresh herbs I have on hand. Luckily, Sesame King recently sent me some of their all-natural tahinis to test out in my recipes… and their garlic tahini lent an especially deep, rich garlicky taste to this hummus. Oh yeah.

Oh, and of course, in this version of hummus you can’t forget that PUMPKIN. Perfect for Halloween, or really any festive fall event.

Smoky Homemade Pumpkin Hummus

This makes a big batch. You cut everything in half if you’re not feeding a bunch of people.

2 15oz cans chickpeas
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup tahini – as mentioned, Sesame King’s garlic tahini was great in this
1/2 tablespoon chipotle powder or 2 canned chipotle peppers
1/2 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon red chile flakes
sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste

1/8 cup pepitas/pumpkin seeds
generous pinch of finishing salt – I used Lenoir’s salt from my Coterie Sampler box and it was SO good.

This hummus is so easy! Just throw everything from the “hummus” ingredients section into your food processor and pulse until smooth! Give it a few healthy tastes to make sure the spice and salt levels are to your liking. As with almost everything, I like a lot of spice and a fair amount of salt.

Once the hummus is pureed and properly seasoned, scoop it into your serving bowl and top it with a sprinkle of pepitas and a few pinches of finishing salt. Serve with your favorite dippers – when I made this earlier this week, we had nut thins and blue corn tortilla chips alongside our hummus.

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