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. 

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

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.
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 1/2 cup butternut pumpkin steamed and cooled
  • 1 medium sweet potato steamed and cooled
  • 3 T Tahini
  • 2 T olive oil*
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp 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.
Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip which is #paleo #glutenfree #vegan and super simple to whip up! -thebigmansworld.com

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What rhymes did you sing as a kid? 

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92 thoughts on “Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip

  1. Totally pinned this. I love the thick look of it!

    Oh and kids….baahhaa, I feel your urge to throw flour over them 🙂 🙂
    I love kids, but yeah. My neighbour kid decides to start yelling and screamin at his Mom every morning at 7:45 RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY APPARTMENTDOOR in the stairway. I can not describe the morbid fantasies that run through my mind at this specific time of the day.

  2. You had me at tahini!
    David and I are going to watch the Super Bowl as we are both american football fans! We are lucky it is shown in the UK but with the time difference it means it starts at 11pm! add in the half time show etc etc and we are looking at a finishing time of 3.30am! as you can imagine, we have taken the Monday off!

  3. 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:

  4. 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.

  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…

  6. Haha you crack me up. I get really pissed off at our neighborhood kids too. When it’s a beautiful sunny day and my windows are open, I’ll be enjoying the peace and quiet when they all just start screaming bloody murder. Makes me wanna sic Bella on them.

    I am absolutely going to watch the super bowl. And I’m going to wear the jersey of my beloved and failure of a team, the Redskins, while I watch it. Riley’s gonna smoke a pork butt and I’m going to make….I haven’t figured that out yet, but it’ll probably involve buffalo sauce.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

  11. paleo!!! WOO! ya, buddy. Love the dips for this. Butter me up and hand me a spoon. WIsh you were coming to US to visit us all again for the super bowl, just sayin. And p.s. so glad potatoes are paleo for you. phew!

  12. 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.

  13. This dip looks interesting, I would probably use is as a hummus and put it between two pieces of bread. My anaconda does that all the time. I will probably not watch the superbowl because I do not have a TV. However, I have a feeling there will be tons of live tweets which will keep me well informed. I might catch the Katy Perry concert in between the halfs.

  14. Haha I TOTALLY knew you would combine it! I might watch the superbowl or rather might try. They air it in the middle of the night here. I think it starts 1am. But Stefan will. He took Monday off to sleep in. Crazy 😉 But the snacks alone are worth trying to stay up.

  15. Ummm, Arman…didn’t you get the memo? Pumpkins are for October! Actually, since you are on the other side of the world, maybe that means pumpkins are for March. Either way, you missed it. Haha! Just kidding, man! This dip looks awesome. If I had my way, we’d eat pumpkin year round.

    1. Hahaha, I actually just googled it and pumpkins are year round here- Probably why they are so ‘meh’ regardless of the time of the year! I say…pumpkin for life. (Thank goodness I’m naturally tan and no visible beta carotene glow)

  16. This actually looks really good, even with the pumpkin. I know, I can’t believe I just said that either. It must be the celery and the nuts. Just kidding, this is fabulous, and I’m off to sing Nicki Minaj now.

  17. Haha! I think I’ve experienced a similar moment with kids rhyming…I was a lifeguard in highschool. Kids love to repeat things. Over and over. A friend of mine in college had just seen that Beatles movie/tribute (or something, I don’t remember), but that Strawberry Fields song was in it. Rocky (that’s my friend) wandered around all weekend (we went to the mountains for a long weekend) and kept singing “Strawberry fields foreverrrrrrr”…Over. And over. And overrrrrrrr! It didn’t help that he was drunk and stoned most of the time. But he’s a nice guy, so we just let it go.

    But I’m watching the Super Bowl with some friends. I’m pulling for the Seahawks. My brother played head to head with Russell Wilson in highschool. He tackled the guy! It’s my bro’s claim to fame.

    I wasn’t a rhyming kid.

    My favorite dips are salsas. I like guac, but salsa is my hero!

  18. This looks delicious!! I need to make it for an in-class snack. Now that each class is 2.5 hours long, I have to come stocked up! I also clearly need to catch up with you because I had no idea you were moving back to Melbourne! The one good thing about 2.5 hour classes is that I now have an opportunity to read blogs 😉 I’ve missed you and I hope you’re well, Arman!

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