Classic Hummus Recipe

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This Hummus Recipe is a simple and basic Middle Eastern dip that only takes about ten minutes to make. Use a blender or a food processor for best results.

Hummus in a bowl with dipping options around it

You need a Hummus recipe in your arsenal because homemade hummus tastes one million times better than store bought. You can make it how you like it (extra garlic for me, please!) and have plenty left over to store in your fridge to spread on sandwiches or dip more veggies in.

Main ingredients for this Hummus Recipe

  • Chick Peas or Garbanzo Beans (the same thing). I use canned because they are ready to use immediately, but feel free to reconstitute some dried.
  • Tahini– this is a paste made up of ground sesame seeds. Adds a slightly nutty, creamy texture.
  • Garlic– flavor flavor flavor!
  • Fresh Lemon Juice– a little acid goes a long way and helps brighten the hummus.
  • Spices and seasonings– just talking about cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Olive Oil– stream in oil as you blend for a creamy and smooth dip.

hummus in blender

How to make Hummus

  1. Drain and rinse chick peas and place into a food processor or high powdered blender.
  2. Add in tahini, lemon juice, garlic, spices and seasonings.
  3. Turn food processor on and slowly stream in olive oil until hummus starts to come together. (If you’re worried about calories, feel free to switch over to using water if you’ve added in more than 1/4 cup of olive oil. Totally optional.)
  4. Blitz until completely smooth or the texture you’d desire.
  5. Spoon into serving bowl, top with extra olive oil and serve.

Any hummus is delicious served with pita bread, crackers, veggies or spread onto a sandwich or wrap. It’s very versatile and quite healthful too.

blended hummus

Hummus substitutions

  • If you don’t have chick peas, feel free to use a few cans of white or cannellini beans. It will give you the same creamy consistency with only a slight difference in taste.
  • It you can’t find tahini paste anywhere or don’t want to pay the price for a small jar of it, any nut butter is a decent substitution. Since tahini is essentially sesame seed butter, a nut butter would work well. While it won’t taste *quite* the same, the texture should be spot on. I’d recommend using a plain almond butter.

finished hummus recipe

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4.78 from 9 votes

Classic Hummus Recipe

This Hummus Recipe is a simple and basic Middle Eastern dip that only takes about ten minutes to make. Use a blender or a food processor for best results.
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 15.5 oz cans chick peas rinsed and drained
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cold water or more for desired consistency


  • Pour chick peas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cumin into the bowl of a food processor or high powered blender.
  • Turn blender on, drizzling olive oil in slowly. Continue pouring in the cold water until hummus is desired consistency. Spoon into bowl and serve with crackers and vegetables.


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 23mg | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: hummus

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15 Responses
  1. Abiola Booker

    5 stars
    Thank you for making this recipe super simple! I roasted some bell peppers first then added it in with some chili flakes and it tastes better than sabra!

  2. Maria Luisa Takahashi

    Wow this look so yummy need to try this recipe !

    Hopelly I win the amazon gift card all my boys ( 2 kids and husband) birthdays are coming … lol

  3. Gabrielle

    5 stars
    I tried this recipe as soon as you posted it. I did add more garlic but it was AHMAZING! I have been meaning to leave you a comment. Thank you for all your awesome recipes! Whenever I feel like I am stuck in a rut with my cooking, I know I can turn to you for some new inspiration!❤

  4. Tanna Tesnow

    I love love ❤️ this hummus recipe! I have turned over a new leaf and am eating healthier and feel great. So many awesome recipes you have for a happy and healthy family like mine. My kids adore the hummus and it’s a great snack to pack in their lunch pails for school. Thanks so much!
    Tanna, Door County WI.😄