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Learn how to make this Homemade hummus recipe at home for a healthy and delicious snack. Hummus is filling and flavorful and goes perfectly with veggies or crackers.

Platter of veggies and pita chips with a bowl of hummus.
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Homemade hummus recipe is so easy.

I am a huge fan of hummus because it is such a quick snack, perfect for on the go and healthy too. However, those small containers at the grocery store can add up if you eat this as often as we do.

The solution is simple. Make homemade hummus for an Easy Indian Food Recipes. I started thinking that is is just chickpeas with seasoning and should be fairly simple to make.

The results were smooth and flavorful humus. It literally took just minutes to make. We will definitely be making this from now on. I love saving money and serving my family good quality snacks.

This middle eastern recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes and better than store bought. It really is a great recipe without any extra time spent.

I love to keep quick snacks like hummus, peanut butter and veggies in the fridge for easy grab and go options for my family. If it is ready to go and already cut up or portioned into containers, the kids are more likely to grab a healthy option.

This plant based protein option is so easy, filling and perfect anytime of the day.

ingredients for recipe: chickpeas, tahini, seasoning, lemon.

Ingredients for the Best Hummus

  • Chickpeas – You will need to drain the chickpeas and wash them really good. You can use canned or home cooked chickpeas to make this hummus.
  • Large Lemon – Choose a large lemon so it will be easy to juice.
  • Tahini
  • Minced Garlic – I think minced garlic gives hummus the best flavor but you can substitute garlic powder. Another idea is to use fresh garlic cloves.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Ground Cumin
  • Salt
  • Water – The amount will vary that you need based on how thick you prefer the hummus. It is best to only add a tablespoon a time.
  • Paprika – This is optional but it looks pretty and adds more flavor to the finished product.

How to make homemade hummus

  • First, juice the lemon. Then put the lemon juice and tahini in a food processer. Blend this together until well combined making sure to scrape the sides when finished so everything is well combined.
  • Second, add the olive oil, garlic, cumin and salt. Then blend this together in the food processor for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Again, make sure to scrape the sides.
  • The next step is to get the chickpeas ready. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Put half of them in the food processor and blend until combined and it is smooth.

    Once finished, add in the remaining chickpeas and blend until the entire mixture is smooth. It will be thick but this is normal.
chickpeas in food processor.
  • Finally, add the water to the food processor 1 tablespoon at a time. Make sure to blend after each time you add the water. Keep doing this until the hummus is the consistency that you want.

You will love this hummus. It tastes so authentic and better than anything you can buy at the store.

Everything is perfectly blended for a great dish.

hummus in food processor.

What to serve hummus with?

  • Crackers – Wheat crackers, Ritz and Triscuits pair well with hummus.
  • Chips – Pita chips or tortilla chips tastes delicious.
  • Vegetables – Cut up carrots, bell peppers and celery are my favorites with hummus. Cucumbers are also delicious.
  • Wraps and sandwiches – Spread some of this yummy hummus on a wrap or sandwich with vegetables, lunch meat or anything you like.
  • Salad – Hummus actually makes a great dressing for salads. Thin it with a little water, oil and fresh lemon juice until it is the consistency you prefer.
  • Burgers – Spread some hummus on your burger bun. This is especially good with black bean burgers.

What kind of beans is hummus made from?

Hummus is made from chickpeas. You might also hear them called garbanzo beans but it is the same thing.

Just make sure to drain and rinse the canned chickpeas prior to blending.

Platter of vegetables and pita chips with hummus in the middle.

What is tahini?

Tahini helps to give hummus its flavor. It is a very important ingredient in hummus but not very common.

It is made from blending sesame seeds into a paste. You can typically find this on the International aisle of the grocery store or the condiment aisle.

How long does homemade hummus last?

It will last up to 5 to 7 days. Make sure to store it properly inside an airtight container in the fridge.

Platter of veggies and pita chips with a bowl of hummus.
Bowl of hummus with a chip stuck in it.

Hummus Recipe Variations

  • Garlic – Garlic lovers might like to add extra garlic in the recipe. I also like to top the finished product with fresh minced garlic. You can also use a clove of garlic and roast it. the fresh garlic is delicious in this recipe.
  • Red Pepper – You can add a ½ cup of roasted red peppers to the hummus recipe. Blend until smooth in the food processor. It gives the hummus a pretty red color and the flavor is so tasty.
  • Pumpkin – Try adding ¾ cup pumpkin puree to the hummus. I also like to add a ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Blend as normal.
  • Pine nuts – Add ¼ cup pine nuts for a delicious flavor idea for hummus. It adds a nutty taste that is really yummy.
  • Sun Dried Tomato – Use ¾ cup sun dried tomatoes that are rinsed and drained in the hummus mixture.
  • Basil – Omit the tahini and add basil instead. This will give the hummus a pesto flavor. I would use 1 cup of basil and ¼ cup pine nuts blended with the chickpeas.
  • Kalamata Olives – You can add ¾ cup Kalamata olives to the food processor to make Kalamata hummus. Make sure the olives are pitted.
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning- This goes with just about anything and hummus isn’t the exception. Sprinkle a little on top for an easy way to jazz up plain hummus.

Garnish ideas:

While adding ingredients into the mixture is always a tasty idea, don’t forget about garnishments. Some of my favorites include: drizzle of olive oil on top, scoop of minced garlic in the middle of the bowl of hummus, sun dried tomatoes or a few roasted red peppers on top.

There are so many great ideas. Chopped fresh parsley is another easy and delicious idea.

Tips and tricks:

  • Use good quality ingredients to make hummus. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make hummus but the ones you do should be high quality for the best outcome.
  • Remove the skins. If you have a few extra minutes, remove the skins from the chickpeas. It will result in a much smoother hummus if you do this. I like to do it after I drain and rinse them.
  • Boil the chickpeas. If you do not like the consistency of canned chickpeas, boil them for 20 minutes prior to making the hummus. This will soften the texture. Make sure to rinse in cold water prior to putting in the food processor.
  • Fresh Lemons- Resist the urge to use bottled lemon juice. Fresh is best in hummus. The flavor will turn out much better.
  • Thicken hummus – If the hummus is not thick enough for you, add a little more tahini and place in the fridge. This should thicken the mixture.
Platter of vegetables and pita chips with a bowl of hummus.

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Homemade Hummus

5 from 4 votes
Learn how to make Homemade hummus recipe at home for a healthy and delicious snack. Hummus is so filling. Try it with veggies or crackers.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 84


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  • Place the lemon juice and tahini in a food process and blend until well combined (make sure to scrape the sides so all are combined thoroughly).
  • Then add in the olive oil, garlic, cumin and salt. Blend in the food processor for 30 seconds to 1 minute (scraping the sides in the middle of the process time).
  • Then drain and rinse the chickpeas from the can. Add in half to the food processor and process until combined. Then add in the remaining chickpeas and process until the mixture is smooth (the mixture will be thick).
  • Then add in the water until the food process 1 Tbsp at a time (process after each addition) until the hummus is the consistency that you desire.
  • Serve the hummus topped with paprika and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 84kcal, Carbohydrates 4g, Protein 2g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Sodium 149mg, Potassium 64mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 41IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 17mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    I find that it’s best to run cold water over them for approximately 4-5 minutes and it looses the skins so that they are easier to peel. However, this recipe can be made without skinning them as well.

  2. Michael Hilgren says:

    5 stars
    Super easy. Zesty fresh flavor, kids love it. Any hints about skinning the little buggers??