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Beet Hummus Dip

This beet hummus recipe comes from Elise over at simplyrecipes.com.  She is one of my favorite bloggers and I was lucky enough to hear her speak at the last Blogher Food conference.  I myself, would not have ever thought of combining beets into a hummus type dip, so, leave it to Elise.  She is the inspiration for me on many fronts.

When it comes to beets though, I find that there is a bit of a love-hate relationship with them –as in, people either love them, or hate them.  I am a beet lover.  I think they are beautiful, I worship their color and truly enjoy their sweet, earthy taste.  My husband on the other hand, holds great disdain for this little root vegetable.  I think this comment from Jerry on my previous beet post, pretty well sums up my husband’s perspective:

“From a man’s point of view – beets taste like dirt and there’s no disguising this fact!”

Thank you Jerry, my husband could not have said it better himself :-)

So, all you beet haters, turn away from this beet recipe and head on over to my delicious gluten free beet cake –I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with it.  My husband certainly was.

Beet Hummus from simplyrecipes.com (slightly adapted)


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth
  2. Serve with crackers (Elise suggests topping with goat cheese)

The amazing Jen Cafferty of gfreelife.com is once again throwing The Gluten Free Cooking Expo in Chicago (at The Wyndham Hotel).  I spoke with her the other day and she told me that registration is filling up fast.  If you are interested in attending this conference on April 17th & 18th, head on over to gfreelife.com to sign up.

posted on March 5, 2010, 28 comments

  1. Chelsea

    Hey Elana,

    What do you suggest to serve with this dip? What tastes good dipped in beet hummus? I’m really curious!

  2. Gorgeous! Look at that color!

  3. Sylvia Wildflower Smiles

    wow, thanks! i am always looking for new things to do with beets! Although my husband stands in the same position as yours, hmmm…

  4. Carrie

    We’re the other way around. My husband adores beets and their earthy flavor, and can’t fathom why my tastebuds read earthy as dirt! I’ve tried them every way possible, because I adore the color and their health benefits are manifest, but I can’t get around the taste. However, I’ll keep trying, because I finally fell in love with Brussels sprouts–after committing to trying them a new way twice a year…

    • Kristin

      I’ve heard it is in your genes – either you love them, or they taste like dirt to you and they always will. The same thing as cilantro – some people love it and to others it tastes like soap!

    • Marie

      Carrie~ I recommend 2 things to rev up your taste buds to beets. #1: try Elana’s Beet/Carrot/Jicama salad which draws in the natural sweet/tartness of the juices with the carrots & refreshing jicama. It pulls some of the “earthy” flavour out to make beets more palatable. #2: if you have a juicer, add 1/2 beet to carrot+apple juice. You may find you’ll quickly learn to like the beet flavour. I used to be a beet hater, but no more thanks to juicing!
      P.S. make sure to really clean the beets, or peel them to get rid of some of that “dirt” flavour.

    • Cherie

      Maybe you could try yellow (aka golden) beets. They have all of the health benefits of the red beets with a much milder flavor. I chop them up into small pieces and then cook them in soups and stew. I’ve found them at Whole Foods in our area (Chicago suburbs).

  5. Thanks for this recipe, I have a lot of beets on hand right now, and my son loves hummus. I’m always trying to find new ways to sneak other vegetables into his food. This looks perfect!

  6. I love it! Another great way to use those beets :)

  7. Jose

    Well, from a man’s point of view I think beets taste awesome. Great recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. I am a beet lover and can’t wait to try out this recipe. My fiance is also a beet hater, though I did get him to try my red velvet cupcakes (made with beets) and he love them.

    Thanks :)

  9. Bev

    Re the beets, can you substitute canned?

  10. Cassi @ cassifriz.com

    hm… beet kvass is the only form of beets my family can agree on, but hummus might actually work! anything with tahini and garlic goes a long way around here. but like the husbands above, roasted beets do not appeal to my man at all.

  11. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) @ meghantelpnerblog.com

    That looks amazing! And I do love beets but have heard that dirt theory before… tell him it’s sweet dirt so that makes it okay!

  12. Katie @ Cozydelicious @ cozydelicious.com

    This looks wonderful! One of my favorite tapas places in NY serves a beet hummus that I think is just like this and I’m addicted! I get a huge tub of it to go every time I go to the city, but now I might have to make it myself! I usually eat it spooned into endive leaves – it makes a really beautiful hors d’oeuvre. Thanks!!

  13. Oh man! This looks amazing! I looove beets and would’ve never ever thought of this. Thank you (and Elise)!

  14. Metta

    How very interesting. I love raw beets, but haven’t enjoyed them cooked. Traditional hummus is a bit heavy for me, but I think subbing the chickpeas with beets just might be the perfect option.

  15. fibrohubby @ glutenfibrofree.com

    Very interesting idea for hummus. Looking around it seems like the “creativity” forced by gluten free diets, really leads to some great recipes

  16. shay

    Love it! I tried it with 1/2 Tahiti and 1/2 almond butter and it was super yummy. I can’t eat garbanzo beans but I love hummus so I am so stoked to find a new way to make it.

  17. Betherann @ kitchencourage.com

    I’m a hummus fanatic. And yet I’ve never made anything like this. Well, when I can get my farmer’s market beets, that will definitely change. Great recipe!

  18. Diane

    I have been staring at this recipe for a few months and keep forgetting to roast beets. Today I thought, “I can’t wait any longer!” and made it with raw beets in the Vita-mix. Amazing!

  19. Katies Cooking @ KatiesCooking.com

    Wow I never would have thought to add beets to hummus! genius! I have an internal love-hate relationship with beets but sometimes I get a craving I have to satisfy and I think this just might do the trick!

  20. anessa

    I’m excited to try this. I like how you were honest about your source, not taking credit. :) Wish me luck!

  21. tracy

    DEEEEE-Licious! this recipe is seriously fantastic. served this as an app with goat cheese, using cucumber slices as the “cracker”. can’t wait to make it again!

  22. Danielle

    This looks amazing! I cannot wait to try it! Yummmm <3 beets!!!

  23. bgibson135

    I love beets, so this is on the menu! I’ve tried carrots, and sometimes add Tumeric to get that bright orange color (which would look great with this purple). I’ve also added fresh Basil or Italian Parsley to make the hummus green. I’ve started buying roasted garlic from Whole Foods to add to the hummus (fresh garlic gives a little more bite). Cumin usually, but for beets might try something else and head in a different direction. I call hummus my “grazing meal”. I’ll get a couple of types of olives, slice up some red/yellow/green bell pepper & sweet onion, carrots, some small tomatoes, smoked oysters, maybe some cheese. I also dip with the shredded wheat cereal.

  24. Laurel

    Funny how just yesterday I was speculating on what I’d put into a beet hummus so I could use up some leftover beets. My husband looked at me like I was crazy .Hah!

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