For a smooth and creamy dip or spread, try this easy homemade hummus recipe.

It’s a healthy blend of chickpeas and tahini seasoned to perfection with lemon juice and garlic.

No-cook hummus has a nutty richness and full flavor that makes it a hit with any crowd. Customize it with your favorite spice blends and serve with all your favorite dippers.

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Easy Homemade Hummus

  • Easy and economical. Why buy pricey, preservative-laden hummus, when you can whip up your own from fresh ingredients in just minutes?
  • If you’re looking for tasty vegetarian fare, hummus is one to add to your recipe collection, along with other veggie faves like Cuban beans or vegetarian chili.
  • Hummus goes great with any dipper you throw at it! Serve it on a veggie platter with celery, carrot, and cucumber sticks, or on toasted bread or pretzel sticks.
  • Make every batch a flavor adventure by customizing it with different seasonings and add-ins.
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Ingredients and Variations

Chickpeas – Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are a staple ingredient of hummus. Use canned for convenience, or cook them from dried for just pennies!

Tahini – Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini adds nutty flavor and healthy fats. Here’s a thought: make this tasty tahini sauce and have it serve double duty as a dip on its own, as well as an ingredient for hummus! Can’t find tahini? Make it without, substituting almond or cashew butter.

Lemon juice – Fresh lemon brightens the flavor profile with a tangy touch. Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.

Garlic – Fresh garlic cloves will provide better flavor than powder or garlic from a jar, although either can be substituted in a pinch.

Variations – Hummus is fun and easy to customize. Add cayenne pepper, taco seasoning, or Frank’s Red Hot sauce for a spicy kick. Add sun-dried tomatoes to the blender, or stir in some sliced olives, diced green peppers, onions, or extra garlic.

How to Make Homemade Hummus

Prepping this no-cook recipe is so easy since all the ingredients go into the food processor or blender.

  1. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the juices.
  2. Place all ingredients in the blender or food processor and pulse until smooth, as directed in the recipe below.
  3. To thin out, drizzle in reserved juices a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with parsley.

Serve chilled or at room temperature with crunchy dippers.

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Tips for Perfect Hummus

  • Make the hummus thinner and fluffier by adding more liquid that has been reserved from draining the chickpeas.
  • If it’s too runny, add more chickpeas or tahini, and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
  • Refrigerate for up to a week in a tightly covered container.
  • Hummus can be frozen for up to 4 months. Freeze in an airtight container, leaving space at the top for expansion.
  • When storing in the refrigerator or freezer, drizzle the top with olive oil to prevent it from drying out.

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Homemade Hummus

Homemade hummus is a quick and easy dip, that is great for veggies or pita.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly


  • 15 ounces canned chickpeas juices reserved
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt or to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • parsley optional garnish


  • Drain the chickpeas reserving the juices.
  • Place all ingredients in a food processor except for the reserved juices.
  • Pulse the mixture 4-5 times, scraping the sides as needed.
  • Add in reserved juices a bit at a time until smooth and it reaches desired consistency.
  • Place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and garnish with parsley and a sprinkle of paprika or cumin.
  • Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, or vegetables. Happy dipping!
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern

Recipe Adapted from Spend With Pennies.

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