With just a few simple tricks, you really can make creamy smooth hummus at home and yes, we really do think it’s better than store-bought.
In the past, if we were in the grocery store you could almost bet that one of us would throw a tub of smooth hummus into our cart. That was until we figured out this simple hummus recipe that we honestly believe is better than anything we could have found at the store.
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Smooth Hummus Recipe – How To Make it Better Than Store-Bought
First, let us mention that this simple hummus recipe uses tahini. In the hummus-loving world, there are two camps. Some love the zest and deep flavor of tahini added, others could really go without it. We like it both ways, but for smooth hummus rivaling our favorite brands in the store, we use this recipe.
So, what’s the secret?
It’s simple really. It’s the order in which you add ingredients to your food processor. Seriously, it’s that easy. Tahini and lemon juice go in first. Then, before you add anything else, turn on the food processor and let it run for a minutes or so.
Did you know you can make tahini at home? It’s very simple and lasts up to a month in your refrigerator. Here’s our recipe for making enough tahini for two batches of our hummus: Quick and Easy Tahini Recipe.
See the photos below? In the first one, we’re pouring tahini into a clean food processor. After a minute of being whirled, whipped and creamed in the food processor it turns into the paste you see on the right. It’s lighter in color and much thicker.
From here, you can add ingredients as you will, but make sure you stand back and let that food processor run — we’re talking a minute of running after adding each ingredient.
To Skin or Not to Skin The Chickpeas?
Another trick is to remove the skins of each chickpea. We’ve done it. For one can of chickpeas, you’re looking at about ten minutes. We really didn’t want to add that to our hummus, but just to make sure, we tried it both ways — skinless chickpeas and chickpeas right out of the can.
In the photo below, the spoon of hummus on the left used skinless chickpeas. The right came from chickpeas straight out the can. You can see, even from this photo that the skinless chickpeas made for a slightly smoother hummus, but in our opinion it really wasn’t enough of a difference to warrant ten minutes of skinning chickpeas.
That’s a closeup photo of our recipe that calls for chickpeas straight from the can (not skinned). It’s smooth, creamy and luscious. We love it!
Did you enjoy our simple hummus recipe? Might we suggest you take a look at more of our easy appetizer recipes. Or, take a peek at some of our favorite and easy snack recipes:
- These Spicy Maple Bacon Wrapped Shrimp are divine — so easy to make and they fly off the plate!
- Lightly Roasted Tomatoes with Ricotta and Mint is perfect to serve a crowd. All you need is a big plate of bread so everyone can dig in.
- This Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe is excellent.
- Try our Smooth Hummus Recipe with Spiced Beef, too.
- If you’re serving many, these adorable Chili Lime Shrimp Cups use wonton wrappers to make the cups. They are always a hit!
- Or, try making this Dreamy Tahini Sauce which can be used on just about anything — salads, vegetables, meats, falafel and much more!
What you need to know. Two things here. First, we use canned chickpeas, which is much, much quicker than using dried. Some swear by soaking and cooking their own dried chickpeas, but we’re just not that organized and love that canned chickpeas means we can enjoy our hummus in 10 minutes. Second, our recipe calls for tahini, a creamy paste made from sesame seeds. You can usually find tahini in larger grocery stores or specialty markets.
Equipment you’ll need. A mesh strainer or colander, food processor, silicone spatula, measuring cups and spoons.
- One 15-ounce can (425 grams) chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans
- 1/4 cup (59 ml) fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
- 1/4 cup (59 ml) tahini, we use Krinos or Homemade Tahini (it's easy to make)
- Half of a large garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 to 3 tablespoons water
- Dash of ground paprika for serving
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl then turn on and process for 30 seconds. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making smooth and creamy hummus possible.
- Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin and the salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice mixture. Process for 30 seconds, scrape sides and bottom of bowl then process another 30 seconds.
- Open can of chickpeas, drain liquid then rinse well with water. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor then process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl, add remaining chickpeas and process for 1 to 2 minutes or until thick and quite smooth.
- Most likely the hummus will be too thick or still have tiny bits of chickpea. To fix this, with the food processor turned on, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the consistency is perfect.
- Scrape the hummus into a bowl then drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top and sprinkle with paprika.
- Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to one week.