Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip


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A quick and easy paleo friendly dip which requires no food processor! A combination of spices and mix of sweet potato and pumpkin for a delicious sweet, salty and spicy combination. 

Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip- A quick and easy paleo friendly dip which requires no food processor! A combination of spices and mix of sweet potato and pumpkin for a delicious sweet, salty and spicy combination @thebigmansworld - thebigmansworld.com


Kids these days.

Okay, that sounds so stupid coming out of my mouth when many would still consider me possessing child like qualities. I’m comparing my younger self to those in the 5 to 7 age bracket. 

The weekend I was tidying up my shoebox apartment in Sydney preparing to move it back down to Melbourne, there were some neighbourhood kids playing within the block. Being the start of Summer before the ridiculous heat wave hits us, parents seem to be encouraging outdoor activities and the kids are lapping it up. 

These young’ns were running amuck pounding a basketball and singing rhymes. I wasn’t paying much attention but then their changing got more repetitive and the same lines were being sung over and over again. 

“April showers bring May flowers”

“April showers bring May flowers”

“April showers bring May flowers”

You guys, I was going to seriously throw flour over them (I was moving my kitchen stuff into my car).

Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip which is #paleo #glutenfree #vegan and super simple to whip up! -thebigmansworld.com

Why were they singing songs about April and May when it was December? Didn’t their teachers or music class teach songs which were more seasonally appropriate or relevant? I guess we could be thankful they weren’t singing Anaconda by Nicki Minaj but still. At least sing about the months we are in!

“November pain brings December gains?” (Okay, no. That is what I sing myself during my peak weight lifting times. December being my de-load)

“November for more runs, December for eating fun” (Okay, no. That is how I approach the festive season so scrap that). 

“My Anaconda, don’t. My Anaconda, don’t.” (Oh shut up Nicki Minaj). 

Okay I give up. Keep singing that silly line. 

What does this have to do with this recipe? Nothing at all. 

Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip which is #paleo #glutenfree #vegan and super simple to whip up! -thebigmansworld.com

As I’m starting the Paleo diet this week as mentioned on yesterday’s post, I thought it would be fitting to share this. That, and also because I have some intense FOMO for the Superbowl coming up. Im kind of hoping another Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake event occurs. 

I asked on Facebook if you guys would prefer a pumpkin style dip or a sweet potato style dip and it was a mixed bag. What was I supposed to do? Combine them both. This Spicy sweet potato and pumpkin dip is delicious and is based off what a typical hummus recipe is like minus the ingredient which makes it ‘hummus’- chickpeas. 

Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip which is #paleo #glutenfree #vegan and super simple to whip up! -thebigmansworld.com

For those who think you need a food processor or blender to make this- Think again. Although I used a blender, you can definitely use a bowl and skip your arm workout for the day. Truth be told, done in a blender would be much smoother (like the pictures) but not necessary. This dip is not just paleo friendly but also gluten free and vegan too. Damn, I’m ticking all the boxes. While you watch the Superbowl live, I’ll be checking ‘Entertainment tonight’ for the potential scandal. 

So friends…April showers bring May flowers.

April showers bring SHUT UP. 

Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip

5 from 2 votes
A quick and easy paleo friendly dip which requires no food processor! A combination of spices and mix of sweet potato and pumpkin for a delicious sweet, salty and spicy combination.


  • 1/2 cup butternut pumpkin steamed and cooled
  • 1 medium sweet potato steamed and cooled
  • 3 tablespoon Tahini
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil*
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Using a blender/Food processor: Add the sweet potato and pumpkin in a blender/food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes, until mashed. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse to desired consistency (varies by brand).
  • By hand: Using a potato masher, mash the pumpkin and sweet potato very well. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix very well until fully incorporated. (The consistency using this method is much thicker).


If you use a larger sweet potato or added pumpkin, add extra olive oil to reach desired consistency.
Author: Arman
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip which is #paleo #glutenfree #vegan and super simple to whip up! -thebigmansworld.com

Are you going to watch the Superbowl?

What rhymes did you sing as a kid? 

What is your favourite dip? 

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. favorite dip? not gonna lie – cookie dough dip lol your pictures are gorgeous – there’s no way i could make a dip look that good!

    1. LOL….I legit used a carrot to ‘swirl’ it and then clean the edges. It did NOT look that nice coming out of the blender.

  2. Confession: I didn’t even know the Superbowl was this weekend. I had to Google it. I guess I kind of, sort of enjoy all the excitement that comes with it, but I’m not a huge fan of football itself. Blame my Canadian-ness. So I’ll pass on the football, but take the snacks. Please and thank you :mrgreen:

  3. So glad that you decided to combine them–definitely the way to go, in my humble (but always correct) opinion. Also, it makes it less “seasonal,” you know? I will likely watch parts of the Super Bowl, but I feel like so many watch it for the commercials, which are now basically online before the game even starts.
    I feel like Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz might end up making out on stage. It could happen.
    Also–spinach and artichoke dip. Forever.

  4. Sure sign you’re getting old when kids singing is annoying to you. 🙂 This recipe looks fantastic! I already have my Super Bowl spread planned out, but am seriously considering adding this to the menu.

  5. Oh, I heart tahini! And spice. Survey says, hummers! Looks like another winner Arman. By the way, I made your peanut butter pumpkin cookies over the weekend. Delicious! because I cannot find peanut flour I subbed in almond flour and it worked perfectly. Also added a bit of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla because I throw that stuff in everything I can.

    I had to laugh when I read about your youthful neighbors. Because I work in the children’s department at a bookstore we play the music we sell. Every night I go home with disturbing ear worms about the alphabet and numbers and animals. “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nineeeeeeeeee………”

    I probably won’t actually watch the Superbowl because that would be well, boring. However, as a Seattle native I am really pulling for another Seahawk victory. Additionally, my yoga teacher back home in Seattle spent several years as the teams’ yoga coach. And look where they are now. Yoga, just saying…

    1. I’m so glad you tried it out- Almond flour is such a great substitute for it!

      Haha, well…Enjoy as much of it for the both of us!

  6. I am most definitely watching the super bowl! Love it!
    My favorite dip is probably classic hummus loaded up with tons of sumac!
    This dip sounds fantastic!

  7. My favorite dip is guacamole! This looks delicious though. I will have to pin it for later. Good luck with the Paleo diet!

  8. I see we’re both in a sweet potato kind of mood- great minds… I love that the idea behind this dip came from the results of your FB poll, big thanks to your fans for leading you to create this delicious combo!

    1. Haha thanks Sonali! I’m glad I didn’t suggest two flavours which wouldn’t be complimentary like chocolate and chicken.

      Actually…I wonder how that would fare.

  9. Oh man I remember watching the Janet Jackson and JT scandal on TV when I was a little kid (probably around 7 years old actually), and I didn’t understand what was happening. Ohhh, innocence. I only watch the Super Bowl nowadays for the commercials and the snacks.
    I want this dip!!! Maybe I can bribe some of my friends into labor to help me make it.

  10. Hahah, omg, Arman – the grouchy old man who doesn’t want little children to have fun. ;} This dip is such a great snack for paleo eaters! Random question, but is butternut pumpkin different from butternut squash?

    1. LOL. That made me laugh because it’s true.

      It sure is- They actually call butternut squash/pumpkin just pumpkin here- It’s available year round!

  11. I think I might be one of the only people that doesn’t love pumpkin. I do love sweet potato though.
    Haha, I feel the same way about kids.

  12. I’m crossing my fingers someone brings this to a Super Bowl party I’m attending on Sunday… okay, they probably won’t. But a girl can dream … 🙂

    1. This is why I need a green card- I’d personally deliver it for you AND take a swig of almond milk on my way out. See how I cater for you, Ashley 😉

  13. Hahaha yeah count your lucky stars they weren’t singing something inappropriate like Anaconda. Here in America we’re lucky if kids don’t twerk by the time they’re 8.

    This looks exactly like hummus! What a cool thing to throw together! I love pumpkin and I love sweet potato, so I’m sure I’d love this. Plus it’s always cool to see them in savory recipes instead of the standard sweet sweet sweet.

    As far as the Superbowl goes, my girl Katy Perry is performing so I KNOW something amazing and/or traumatic will happen. I better not look away for a second!

    1. Those are my kind of kids 😉 Just kidding.

      Thanks Lauren! I hope Katy Perry does something shocking…Maybe Bruno Mars will pop out of a canon!

  14. This might be the most exciting dip i have ever seen. and the fact that i just opened a can of pumpkin is like you can read my mind (as i’m pretty convinced you can most of the time). And wait just purchased my first tahini, a little late to the party. BUT ANYWHO if i have another snow day tomorrow, i’m hunkering down with this recipe and sustaining life off of it FOR A FULL DAY. Cue snow dance now.

    1. I am a mind reader. You’ll be posting either a pancake or oat recipe in approximately 2 hours.

      I want to play in the snow!