Easy Hummus Recipe

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. Click here to jump to the full Hummus Recipe!

Or, watch this quick video showing you how we make it.

In the past, if we were in the grocery store you could almost bet that one of us would throw a tub of 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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Easy Hummus Recipe – How To Make Hummus from Scratch

First, let us mention that this 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.

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We like it both ways, but for the best hummus rivaling our favorite brands in the store, we use this recipe and include tahini.

If you want to make hummus without tahini, simply leave it out. A chickpea purée without it is still quite delicious. Just add more olive oil. Another option is to use a natural unsweetened creamy peanut butter in its place.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus RecipeYou May Also Like This: We love our Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe – it’s so simple and is just as smooth and creamy as 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 minute or so.

Quick and Easy Tahini RecipeDid 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 the extra time 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.

Simple Hummus Recipe

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.

How to Cook ChickpeasYou can use canned or home-cooked chickpeas for this recipe. To see how we cook dried chickpeas, see our simple tutorial here. We have included three methods including how to do it in a slow cooker.

HummusDid you enjoy our easy 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:

Recipe updated, originally posted October 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Hummus Recipe

4.8 from 490 reviews
How To Make Hummus That's Better Than Store-bought
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Homemade hummus is very easy to make and it tastes much better than anything you can buy at the store. If you don’t have any tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, you can try making it yourself (see our Easy Homemade Tahini Recipe) or leave it out. A chickpea purée without it is still quite delicious. Just add more olive oil. Another option is to use a natural unsweetened creamy peanut butter in its place.
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Yield: Serves 6, Makes 1 1/2 cups
You Will Need
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams) cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini, see our homemade tahini recipe
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) water
  • Dash ground paprika, for serving
  1. Prepare the Hummus: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice and process for 1 minute, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process for 30 seconds more.
  2. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making the hummus smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process another 30 seconds or until well blended.
  4. Add chickpeas: Open, drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl, then add remaining chickpeas and process until thick and quite smooth; 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Create the Perfect Consistency: 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 you reach the perfect consistency.
  6. Serving and Storing: Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Serve hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and dash of paprika. This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of hummus. Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to one week.
Notes and Tips
Equipment we use for this recipe. A mesh strainer or colander, food processor, silicone spatula, measuring cups, measuring jugs, and measuring spoons.

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  • Elisa July 27, 2016, 4:56 pm


    Thanks for the recipe. Mine turned out a little grainy. Any ideas why? I did skin the chickpeas.

    Thank you.

    • Joanne July 28, 2016, 4:52 pm

      Hi Elisa, My first comment would have been to skin the chickpeas, but since you already did that, I’m stumped. It may be that you need more time in the processor or that you did not add enough water at the end. Were you able to cream the tahini and lemon in the beginning? That helps with how creamy/smooth the hummus becomes.

  • Barbara Loveless July 26, 2016, 7:44 pm

    Definitely 5 stars! I cut the lemon juice to 3 tbsp and bumped up the garlic to 3 cloves. Lick-the-bowl-and-spatula good! I just started making it a few weeks ago with the small food processor attachment on my 1990s blender until I killed the motor attachment. I ordered a Hamilton food processor from Amazon, and it works like a champ to make this delicious and perfect hummus. Question: Does it work to double the recipe? Thanks!

    • Joanne July 28, 2016, 4:53 pm

      Hi Barbara, You should be able to double the recipe (especially if your processor is powerful, which it sounds like it will be). You may just need to take a little more time when processing.

  • Kirk July 21, 2016, 2:44 pm

    Great recipe. After putting in too much liquid and messing it up, I now have it down. I am “required” to make hummus every Saturday! Excellent!

  • Sasha July 14, 2016, 2:00 pm

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGG this taste amazing!!!!!! Followed it to the T except I used four pieces of garlic. And it turned out AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

  • Vicki July 11, 2016, 8:52 pm

    Where do I buy tahini?

    • Joanne July 28, 2016, 5:07 pm

      Look in the international aisle of the grocery store or try an International Market. You could also try Amazon or make it yourself (it’s easy). Here’s our recipe for homemade tahini.

  • Cindy July 7, 2016, 9:55 pm

    I don’t quite follow how to do this without the tahini if that is a big part of what makes this hummus so good. Will it come out good without it? Do I start with processing the chickpeas? Thanks

    • Joanne July 8, 2016, 2:45 pm

      Hi Cindy, I’d add the lemon juice, olive oil and seasoning to the food processor first, and then go from there.

  • Lisa July 6, 2016, 10:24 pm

    OK, this really is a “5”. I’ve tried so many hummus recipes, but they are never “right”. This one is on the money! It really is better than store bought. I considered eating the whole bowl in one sitting 🙂

  • Marianne July 5, 2016, 12:01 am

    I’ve been making hummus for years with similar ingredients but it never turned out as good as the stuff you buy in the tub at the grocery store. I finally found the recipe that tastes better than the stuff in the store. First, you use a lot more tahini than I ever have in relation to the other ingredients. Second, I never even thought to process the tahini and lemon first and add the garbanzo beans last. This recipe is perfect. I love it. I can finally make hummus I actually like.

  • Donalda Reid July 4, 2016, 3:07 pm

    I just made this and I must say it was worth the “extra” time processing. The only change I mad was, after reading previous comments, amping up the cumin, using two cloves of garlic and adding a little ground guajillo chile.
    Creamy, smooth an flavourful.

  • Judy July 4, 2016, 7:37 am

    Got this in my email just as I finished making another batch for our family’s 4th of July get-together. Have loved this hummus since the first time I made several years ago and wouldn’t think of buying store-bought again! Thanks for this and all your terrific recipes.

  • joanne July 3, 2016, 8:02 pm

    I like the flavor of lemon but it can be overpowering. And sour. I don’t like sour. So,I just give my hummus-in-progress a real quick little dash of lemon juice and used the juice from a bottle of jalapeno slices for the rest of the juice. May not be authentic, but I liked it and my guests raved over it.

  • Sandra June 23, 2016, 8:59 am

    Do you have any video of a kitchen tour. I would love to get some kitchen ideas from a tour of your well organized kitchen 🙂

    • Joanne June 23, 2016, 12:17 pm

      Hi Sandra, Other than the footage in the beginning of our YouTube videos, we have not shared a tour of our kitchen. I must admit, it isn’t always organized 🙂

  • Brenda Plummer June 20, 2016, 1:00 pm

    I have made this twice now – what I do is when at adding the water stage I add some bell peppers that I buy in a jar and a large dash of cayenne pepper and a dash of hot chilli pepper or red sliced jalapeños from a jar – turns it in to chilli humus… love it and it last 6 days when kept in a glass airtight pyrex in the fridge – also don’t dip – if eating the humus take a portion and put it on a different dish – it keeps much longer. overall very good easy receipe.

  • Charles June 16, 2016, 12:51 pm

    This recipe is excellent but the lemon can be over powering so i tried lime juice instead and its WAY better.

  • Matt June 12, 2016, 2:16 pm

    Not sure if anyone has made this comment in the past but I find that using the liquid in the garbanzo bean can works well as a substitute to the water when creating your consistency. I feel that it keeps the flavor profile better than water.

  • Elise Wilson June 11, 2016, 3:06 pm

    I used avocado oil instead of EVOO. Yum. Can’t say enough good good about this recipe.
    I am also one who never leaves comments. Just had to share my joy in finding this recipe. It’s now bookmarked and shared on FB so my friends can enjoy it, as well.

  • Susan June 11, 2016, 7:59 am

    I have made this countless times and adore this recipe for its tang and simplicity. I use a handheld mixer, and to simplify it further, I blend everything but the chickpeas together until super smooth (not bothering to mince the garlic, using a full tsp salt and a full 1/4c lemon juice from the bottle), then add the chickpeas (whatever size the can/jar is) until smoothish, depending on how eager I am to get it in my mouth. Always delightful and definitely better than store-bought, even here in Berlin!

  • Boo Briggs June 10, 2016, 10:39 pm

    Love this recipe! I found this about 2 years ago and it’s my go to. Save the liquid from the chickpeas and use that versus water to make hummas even more flavorful. I’ve use flavored olive oils, sun dried tomatoes in oil and many other “flavores”. Really, follow the orde and this is a no fail! 5 stars

  • Steve June 6, 2016, 2:30 pm

    Followed the instructions, with the addition of 1/8 tsp smoked paprika and 1/2 a seeded dried Chinese hot finger chilli pepper. I also subbed in a salt substitute due to sodium restrictions. The order of processing helped a lot, but I still need up adding 1 TBS more of both water and olive oil to get it smooth. Tasted great, but next time I’m going to bump up the cumin, garlic, paprika and heat source due to a 60 year old ex-smoker’s pallette.The lemon cost almost as much as the chickpeas, but at less than $1.50 for almost 3 cups, this is definitely a keeper. Thanks!

  • Joy June 5, 2016, 1:57 pm

    I never leave comments – this is a first. But I truly thank you for this recipe- it had everything I was looking for and my heath thanks you too!

  • Maria June 1, 2016, 12:37 am

    So easy. So yummy. I just made this and my partner and 4 year old love it! A nice easy addition to my daughter’s lunchbox that tastes great, is healthy and costs peanuts because I also used your tahini recipe. Thanks for the recipes.

  • Teri May 28, 2016, 9:09 am

    I just made this, and my husband loved it! “The best hummus I’ve ever had!” Thanks for sharing the recipe!!! 🙂

  • suzi May 23, 2016, 10:48 am

    you know when you think you have the ultimate recipe for your favorite whole food dishes? and then you find out you are SO WRONG!! search no more cuz this is hands down the best recipe for hummus, EVER!!! ultra creamy and flavorful. so happy to have this one for LIFE!!

  • Georgia May 19, 2016, 5:16 am

    Great recipe!
    I made it for couple of times and everyone enjoyed…. was great …definitely 5*

    • caylah May 27, 2016, 2:46 pm

      yeah defenetly 100!!! i love this recipe

  • Leslie Booth May 18, 2016, 4:54 pm

    I’ve had this recipe saved as an icon on my IPAD for a while. I tried it tonight and it was terrific!!! I halved it and I DID skin the beans. I did have to add between one quarter and one half cup of water as it was very dry. But all came out well. I put EVO on top with paprika. Was a big hit. Thank you.

  • michael May 14, 2016, 4:53 pm

    Can Hummus be frozen, I like to make a large batch but not eat it all at once ?

  • John May 12, 2016, 12:38 pm

    I made this recipe for a potluck. I brought almost half of it home. when I first made it I thought there was something missing. Next time I made it I added an 1/8 of a tsp of smoked paprika in addition to the salt ad cumin step. Now I hardly ever bring any back from a potluck I take it to. I’ve even had multiple people ask for the recipe.

  • Paolo Bassoli May 9, 2016, 4:07 pm

    How delicious this Hummus!
    It took no time to prepare it including doing my own tahini sauce, really really yummy!
    It is so simple and so tasty that definitely I will never buy again a ready made Hummus from the supermarket!
    I am looking forward to try it with other flavour!
    How delicious, thank you!!!

  • Melissa May 3, 2016, 11:47 pm

    Help, I’ve run out of olive oil – any substitute.

    • Joanne May 18, 2016, 1:19 pm

      Grape seed or sesame oil (untoasted) would work.

  • Heather May 3, 2016, 7:49 pm

    Followed your recipe exactly and turned out marvelous! I’m not sure why I never looked up a recipe for hummus, but I’m sure glad I found yours! Loved the video and that you experimented with both shelled and unshelled peas. I left the shell on this time- was just as smooth and creamy and I expected! Keep up the good work!


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