Learn how to make Hummus with this easy 7 ingredient hummus recipe! It’s ready in less than 10 minutes and can be served as a dip or spread. Recipe includes a how-to video!
Simple Homemade Hummus Recipe
A staple dish in the middle east, I was lucky enough to have first tasted hummus in Egypt where it is served absolutely everywhere. Here in the US, it’s not quite so omnipresent, but it does frequently pop up as an appetizer at parties or spread on sandwiches, and it’s almost always the premade kind. Hummus is so simple and quick to make though, so why not make it yourself?
My hummus recipe is creamy and smooth with an earthy, zippy, and garlicky flavor. It’s so tasty and versatile, and it’s incredibly easy to whip up at home. All you need is a handful of ingredients, a blender, and less than 10 minutes. Serve it with pita chips or sourdough crackers, and you’ve got yourself a flavorful and fairly healthy snack packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals!
One special trick in my hummus recipe: blend the tahini and lemon juice together first to emulsify them. I picked up this tip a while ago, and I love how it creates a smooth, creamy texture without needing to add aquafaba (the liquid from the canned chickpeas) or water, which can dilute the flavor. It also helps the flavors meld and develop more evenly vs. blending everything all at once.
What You Need
Since this hummus recipe uses so few ingredients, it’s important that the ones you use are high-quality. Here’s what you need:
- Chickpeas. Also known as garbanzo beans! I use canned chickpeas to make this hummus recipe quick and easy. If you’d like to use dried chickpeas, you can, but they will take quite a long time to cook before you can use them.
- Tahini. This is a paste made from blended sesame seeds. It looks like a thin peanut butter, and it has a toasty, earthy flavor. Tahini is a classic ingredient; it adds flavor and contributes to a smooth, creamy texture. Using high quality tahini will produce a high quality hummus.
- Garlic. Another classic ingredient! Hummus gets a lot of its flavor from garlic. I like using fresh garlic here. Feel free to add more if you love garlic (and try my garlic knots too while you’re at it!). You can also roast your garlic beforehand to add even more depth.
- Lemons. Do NOT use bottled lemon juice! You must squeeze your own lemons, as this gives the best flavor by far.
- Extra virgin olive oil. Use a good quality oil for the best results. I don’t recommend a light olive oil or any other neutral tasting oil; you really want the fresh, peppery notes from extra virgin olive oil (like in my olive oil cake!).
SAM’S TIP: Feel free to experiment with different flavors! I like adding roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, cayenne pepper, Za’atar, or roasted garlic.
Remember, this is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why. For the full recipe please scroll down to the bottom of the post!
How to Make Hummus
- Blend tahini and lemon juice until smooth and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. If your hummus is too thick, add 1 tablespoon of liquid from your canned chickpeas (or plain water) at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Taste test for seasoning.
- Place in the fridge to chill until ready to serve. When you’re ready, spread the hummus into your serving dish.
- Garnish with fresh parsley, paprika, and additional olive oil.
SAM’S TIP: Some people don’t like the texture of a hummus made from chickpeas with their skins on. If you’d like to remove the skins, you can carefully pinch them off before adding them to the blender (it’s very time consuming!). I always leave the skins on though and never have an issue.
Frequently Asked Questions
This hummus recipe makes a great dip with crisp, fresh veggies, like bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, and celery. You can also serve it with warm pita or crackers.
You can also use hummus as spread on sandwiches or wraps (think of it like a mayo substitute). Pair it with meats and veggies for a unique flavor combination, or make a protein packed vegetarian wrap!
My hummus recipe also makes a flavorful topping for grain bowls or salads. The possibilities are endless here!
Tahini is a classic hummus ingredient, which is why I included it in my hummus recipe. There are several versions out there that skip this ingredient entirely (sesame is a common allergen) or substitute it with yogurt, nut butter, or roasted/steamed veggies.
I can’t say how my recipe would work with these substitutions though, as I’ve only prepared it the way I’ve listed here.
Yes, although the flavor and texture can change after freezing. Make sure to choose an airtight container with enough room, as hummus tends to expand when frozen. I’d recommend only freezing for a few months and adding a bit more oil after thawing if it seems dry.
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How to Make Hummus
- 3 Tablespoons tahini
- 3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 15-oz can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained, aquafaba (liquid from can) reserved
- 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus additional for garnish
- 3 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
- ¼ heaping teaspoon salt plus additional to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Paprika for garnish optional
- Parsley for garnish optional
- Toasted pita chips for serving
- Combine tahini and lemon juice in a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes, until smooth and whipped.3 Tablespoons tahini, 3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Add drained chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, salt, and cumin and blend until smooth and creamy. If mixture is too thick, add reserved aquafaba or water a Tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached (if you won’t be serving the hummus until the next day, it’s a good idea to add at least a splash of the reserved aquafaba as it tends to thicken in the fridge).1 15-oz can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained, aquafaba (liquid from can) reserved, 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, ¼ heaping teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Taste-test and add additional salt if needed.
- Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to serve or spread into serving dish and serve, garnished with additional olive oil, parsley, and paprika, if desired.Paprika for garnish, Parsley for garnish, Toasted pita chips for serving
StoringAfter preparing, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.