Falafel Hummus

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As a vegetarian, one who eats veggies, a veggie-eater, it’s a little odd to admit that I have vegetable aversions.

Especially because they’re fairly non-offensive veggies, like celery, cucumbers, and carrots. Sure, I like eating them IN things (soup, mostly), but raw? Nahhhh man. That ain’t right.

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You know how I make myself eat these things? Hummus. Always the hummus. I really don’t even know how I ate raw veggies before I discovered hummus in college.

Falafel Hummus | veggieandthebeastfeast.com

I also discovered falafels in college, and that is a STRONG love. If there are falafels on a restaurant menu, I will order them every time.

So, logical next step? Falafel hummus!

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In case you’re unfamiliar, falafels are a middle eastern food made from chickpeas, spices, and herbs, and then deep fried (although I usually bake them at home). Since hummus is made of chickpeas, it just takes a few spices to emanate that falafel flavor in smooth hummus.

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While it may seem easier to buy a tub of hummus at the store, it really only takes 5 minutes in a food processor to whip up hummus at home. Plus, I far prefer making my own and spicing it to my liking, especially when it leads to falafel flavor.

Bonus – it totally makes celery, cucumbers, and carrots palatable to me, even in raw form.


Falafel Hummus

Smooth, creamy hummus whipped up with falafel spices. Perfect for veggies, pita, or sandwiches!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt/kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 4-6 tablespoons filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving


  1. Place chickpeas, garlic, spices, salt, tahini, and 4 tablespoons of the water into a food processor, and process until mostly smooth. You may need to stop processing and use a spoon to scrape the sides a few times - that's normal.
  2. Drizzle in the olive oil while the processor is running.
  3. If you want it to be smoother, add another 1-2 tablespoons water. Taste and adjust salt level to your liking (I loved it with a scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt), and pulse again to incorporate.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika (for looks).
  5. Serve as a dip for veggies or pita wedges/chips, as a spread on sandwiches, or in a salad with some balsamic as a lazy dressing of sorts!


12 Responses to “Falafel Hummus”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 28, 2014 @ 7:01 am (#)

    I am all over this dip! It looks fabulous!

    • Katie — August 29, 2014 @ 2:35 pm (#)

      Thanks Katrina!

  2. Lucie A.S — August 28, 2014 @ 8:11 am (#)

    One word…YUM! That’s a two in one yum :)
    Love it, !

    Big hugs,
    Lucie A.S

  3. 40aprons — August 28, 2014 @ 8:31 am (#)

    You combined two of my favorite favorite foods…. and now I MUST try this. Beautiful!

    • Katie — August 29, 2014 @ 2:35 pm (#)

      They’re two of my favorites too! Love those falafel spices :)

  4. Liz @ Floating Kitchen — August 28, 2014 @ 5:47 pm (#)

    Yum! I love falafel and I love hummus! So this needs to get made STAT at my house!

  5. Let's Be Yummy — August 28, 2014 @ 8:17 pm (#)

    I love, love, LOVE falafels! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  6. Mackenzie — August 28, 2014 @ 11:00 pm (#)

    Oh, this looks fantastic! I think I’ll have to try it this weekend! (www.neverskipdessertblog.com)

    • Katie — August 29, 2014 @ 2:29 pm (#)

      Thanks! Let me know what you think.

  7. faygie — August 29, 2014 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    I just made a batch of this to have for lunch, and it’s fantastic!

    • Katie — August 29, 2014 @ 2:29 pm (#)

      Awesome! Thanks for the comment :)

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