This homemade Hummus Recipe is better than any store-bought hummus, and it is so easy to make! It is creamy and packed with rich Mediterranean flavors. You’ll want to eat it by the spoonful!
What is Hummus
Traditional hummus is made of a smooth blend of chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and spices. This Hummus Recipe is better than the popular Costco hummus and will become your favorite for wraps, on bowls, or served on its own as a dip.
The taste is buttery smooth, garlicky, nutty, and lightly tart from the lemon. It’s often topped with oil, herbs, and paprika and served with a side of Pita Bread or chips.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Little cleanup. Made in one blender making clean up so easy.
- Healthier option. It’s a healthy dip filled with fiber and protein to help with digestion!
- Classic dish. Tastes like it is straight out of a Mediterranean cafe!
- Best copycat recipe. A cheaper, homemade recreation of the popular Sabra hummus.
This homemade hummus recipe doesn’t require many ingredients, most of which you may already have on hand.
- Chickpeas- chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a superfood used for hummus. You can use canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed, or dried chickpeas that you cook yourself.
- Lemon juice- use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor in the hummus.
- Tahini- a condiment made of ground sesame seeds used in Middle Eastern cuisine. You can use store-bought or make your own.
- Garlic- garlic cloves give the hummus a spicy kick.
- Water- water helps lighten the texture of the hummus and gives it some fluff.
- Cumin- ground cumin gives the hummus a deep flavor.
- Olive oil- is an oil used traditionally in Mediterranean dishes. Use extra virgin olive oil as it gives the hummus the best flavor.
For a full list of ingredients and quantities see the recipe card below.
How to Make Hummus
The best hummus recipe comes together quickly in a blender or one food processor with these easy steps:
- Cook chickpeas: If you are using dried beans, start by cooking chickpeas until they are soft and almost overcooked. If you don’t cook the chickpeas long enough, they will be harder to blend.
- Add everything to the blender: Add all the ingredients to a blender. The lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, cumin, chickpeas and olive oil.
- Blend: Blend until well combined, scraping the sides as needed.
- Thin hummus: Bring the hummus to your desired consistency by adding water a tablespoon or two at a time. You can also use juice from chickpeas if you are using canned peas.
- Garnish: Top with extra-virgin olive oil, a sprinkling of paprika, and fresh parsley.
- Serve and enjoy, friends!
|What to top hummus with? You can add your favorite topping to the classic hummus. Olive oil is a classic joined by ground paprika, freshly chopped herbs, chickpeas, or red pepper flakes!|
Substitutions and Variations-
There are many variations of homemade hummus, here are several ideas:
- Avocado hummus: Easily turn this basic hummus into an avocado hummus recipe by adding a ripe avocado and some cilantro to the blender with the chickpeas.
- Spicy hummus: For spicy hummus, add chili powder and red pepper flakes, about one teaspoon each, when seasoning the hummus. Top with olive oil and more chili powder.
- Roasted red pepper hummus: Add one roasted red pepper with the skin removed to the food processor when adding the chickpeas. Blend until creamy.
- Garlic hummus: Instead of two garlic cloves, add two whole heads of roasted garlic to the chickpeas. Roasting the garlic will mellow the flavor, to not overpower the hummus. After adding garlic, follow the recipe per instructions.
You can use this easy hummus recipe in a variety of ways, here are some ideas to get you started:
- With vegetables: Scoop the dip with vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, celery, or cucumbers.
- With pita: Hummus and pita are one of the most popular dip and chip pairings. Pita chips or Pita Bread cut into triangles are classics!
- As a spread: Spread generously in hummus wraps or on Sandwiches as you would with mayo.
|DANIEL FAST: If you are on a Daniel’s Fast, hummus is a great food to enjoy as a dip, a substitute for mayo and even added to soup for flavoring.|
Over-boiling the chickpeas will allow them to blend more easily and will result in a creamy texture.
Traditional hummus includes tahini as one of the main ingredients, but you can leave it out if you have an allergy or prefer hummus without it. You can add a bit more olive oil, unsweetened peanut butter, or your favorite nut butter, or with plain Greek yogurt to balance the texture. The taste will now be quite the same though as the tahini adds so much flavor.
Peeling the chickpeas will result in a creamier hummus, but is not necessary. Unpeeled chickpeas can still yield a creamy hummus dip, I don’t peel mine.
Hummus can be enjoyed warm or cold! Some cultures serve warm hummus while others traditionally enjoy it cold. To warm, place in the microwave, stirring occasionally until warm. Add water to adjust the texture of the hummus as needed.
Hummus provides important nutrients such as fiber which aids in digestion and antioxidant vitamins. It is also packed with plant-based protein from the garbanzo beans!
Store & Freeze
- STORE: Refrigerate leftover hummus in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- FREEZE: Hummus can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 4 months. Thaw the hummus in the refrigerator for a day before enjoying it.
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The BEST Homemade Hummus Recipe
- 3 cups cooked chickpeas (from 2 cans)
- ⅓ cup lemon juice about 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
- 1/2 cup cold water
- ¾ tsp ground cumin
- ¼ cup extra-virgin oil
- Into a blender, add all of the ingredients.
- Blend until the mixture is a smooth consistency.
- Add more water for a thinner consistency.
- Garnish as desired and enjoy.