Learn how to make the absolute BEST Homemade Hummus recipe by blending up chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and a few seasonings in the food processor or high speed blender. This authentic recipe is super easy to make and is a healthy dip that also happens to be gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free.
Want a few other easy hummus recipes that are made with and without tahini? You might also like this Roasted Beet Hummus, Sweet Potato Hummus without Tahini, Savory Pumpkin Hummus, and this Healthy Avocado Hummus recipe.
Homemade Hummus and a Happy Hubby
Ultra creamy, super addicting, bursting with subtle garlic goodness…
This homemade recipe NEEDS to make an appearance at your afternoon snack table A.S.A.P.
For years my husband has been absolutely obsessed with consuming hummus as his afternoon snack when he gets home from work. (Only recently to be surpassed by his love of Homemade Salsa!)
Before we even exchange words, I hand him a tub of Sabra or Grandma’s brand with a bag of gluten-free crackers and wait while he refuels.
Hummus first, wife talking about her day second.
^^Something I have finally learned after almost 7 years of marriage!^^
But we all know that hunky, 6′ 2″ men who exercise on a regular basis can put down a $4 tub of hummus in about 2 minutes flat. Multiply 1 tub x 5 work days and that starts to get a little pricey!
The BEST Recipe
Let me introduce you to my solution… learning how to make homemade hummus!
To my surprise, it was actually pretty easy to whip up this healthy dip recipe that tasted as good as the best hummus brands we normally buy at the store.
What is Hummus?
Hummus is a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dip or spread that is made by blending up chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, tahini, and olive oil with a touch of lemon and garlic.
It has recently gained popularity across the Americas and can be found in almost any grocery store throughout the United States.
Is it healthy for you?
Homemade hummus is full of protein and fiber from the chickpeas as well as omega-3 fatty acids found in the olive oil used.
While this snack dip has quite a few health benefits, it is rather dense in calories and carbs and is not recommended when on a low-carb diet.
Authentic hummus is made from chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt.
- Chickpeas, or Garbanzo Beans – This recipe calls for chickpeas that have been cooked from dried beans. You can also use canned chickpeas, but the taste and texture will be largely affected.
- Tahini, or Ground Sesame Paste – Another crucial ingredient in this recipe. You can find tahini in the ethnic foods section at your grocery store or order it online through Amazon.
- FYI: Although it may seem like it, tahini does not need to be refrigerated after opening. Yay!!
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Make sure you get a good quality olive oil. This has a huge impact on the taste of the finished product.
- Lemon Juice – Fresh lemon juice is best, but if you need to use bottled, it will not affect the flavor too much.
- Garlic Clove – A fresh garlic clove is used and definitely tastes better than using garlic powder.
Since so few ingredients are used in this easy hummus recipe, I would not recommend substituting any of the ingredients or leaving them out. To get the best flavor and texture, you will need to use the ingredients listed and in the amounts stated.
How to Make
Hummus is a relatively easy dip to make and only requires a few simple steps:
- Cook chickpeas from dried garbanzo beans. (Or, use canned chickpeas)
- Add chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini paste, garlic, salt, and, red pepper flakes, and cumin to the bowl of a food processor or high speed blender.
- Blend ingredients for 2-3 minutes, adding water as needed to reach your desired consistency.
- Serve homemade with carrots, celery, crackers, or chips and enjoy!
You can also make Instant Pot Hummus, too!
Tips and Tricks
While this recipe is rather simple, there are a few ways you can ensure you get the best, creamiest, and most authentic hummus that you can make at home.
- Cook chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, from dried beans instead of using canned.
- While this does take a little extra time and forethought, trust me… this will be the BEST hummus recipe if you take this additional step!
- Use a good quality olive oil.
- I cannot stress this point enough. A good quality olive oil will impart a special flavor that a cheaper olive oil will not deliver.
- Reserve the liquid from cooked garbanzo beans.
- A special secret when I make my own hummus is to reserve some of the cooking liquid from the garbanzo beans. Instead of adding water to thin out the hummus, you add the chickpea liquid. This ensures you keep that yummy flavor and don’t water it down!
- Food Processor vs. High Speed Blender
What to serve
There are so many different things you can serve with hummus. A few of my favorites include:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cucumber slices
- Bell Peppers
How long does homemade hummus last?
This recipe will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
Note: this is 3-5 days after you cook your garbanzo beans from dried beans.
Can you freeze hummus?
You can freeze hummus in a freezer safe container for up to 3-4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and stir well before serving.
If there is additional liquid on top of the hummus after thawing, drain it off before stirring.
Is hummus healthy and good for you?
Yes, it is healthy for you since it is full of protein, dietary fiber, nutrients, and fatty acids. However, hummus is relatively dense in calories and carbs and is not recommended for those on a low-carb or keto diet.
What are the best hummus brands?
The best brands that you can buy at your local grocery store include: Sabra (Roasted Pine Nut is the best!), Grandma’s Hummus (found primarily in Texas), Cedar’s Hummus, and Lantana (they have quite a few unique flavors.)
NOTE: Many of the store bought brands use soybean oil instead of olive oil. This is why my pick for a healthy hummus recipe is to make it at home!
Easy Homemade Hummus Recipe
Learn how to make the absolute BEST Homemade Hummus recipe by blending up chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and a few seasonings in the food processor or high speed blender.
- 2 cups chickpeas* cooked from dried beans
- ½ tsp. lemon zest
- ¼ cup lemon juice 1 large lemon
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil extra virgin, good quality
- ¾ tsp. salt to taste
- ½ tsp. cumin
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes optional
- 2-4 Tbsp. water or reserved chickpea liquid
Process for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl every 15-20 seconds.
Add water or reserved chickpea liquid in 1 tablespoon increments and puree until your desired consistency is reached.
Serve homemade hummus with carrots, celery, cucumber, bell peppers, chips, or crackers. Enjoy!
- You can also use 1 15-oz. can chickpeas that have been rinsed and drained.