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Easy Hummus Recipe – Better Than Store-bought

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. Jump to the Easy 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.

How To Make Smooth 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. 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.

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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.

How To Make Hummus from Scratch

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.

Smooth hummus

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.

You only need 10 minutes to make homemade hummus.

Did 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:

Easy Hummus Recipe – Better Than Store-bought

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 – Better Than Store-bought

  • PREP

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. We love serving this with flatbread — here’s our easy flatbread recipe from scratch.

Makes 6 servings or about 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


    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. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making the hummus smooth and creamy.How to Make Hummus-Recipe-Step-1

    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.

    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.How-to-Make-Hummus-Recipe-Step-3

    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.How-to-Make-Hummus-Recipe-Step-3

    Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Serve hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and dash of paprika. Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to one week.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to Cook Chickpeas: You 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.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/4 cup / Calories 190 / Protein 6 g / Carbohydrate 18 g / Dietary Fiber 5 g / Total Sugars 3 g / Total Fat 11 g / Saturated Fat 2 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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1493 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Jennifer Jane September 4, 2018, 8:49 pm

    This is the best recipe I have ever tried for hummus! I have made it for years without a recipe. So, one day I figured I would see what other folks do in their recipes. I tried adding the ingredients in the order recommended. IT WORKS!! The hummus comes out super smooth creamy and better than store-bought…or any of the times I have made it before. After the first time “by the book” I tried a couple of things the way I have always done it. I cooked dry chick peas in the Instant Pot first and let them cool. I added the smashed not minced garlic to the initial step and it worked well. I just didn’t want to mince or clean anything more than I needed to. Super easy. Takes less than 10 minutes (other than the 30 minutes waiting/cooking chick peas in the pressure cooker). Everyone loves it. Thank you!!!!

  • Erica September 4, 2018, 10:57 am

    Thank you to you both, Joanne and Adam for this wonderful hummus recipe. I made a double batch this evening, after having to deal with 2.5kg of soaked chickpeas. After making tonnes of falafel, I thought this would go down a treat and it certainly has! 😊 I loved the generosity of your really helpful tips that often get missed when you just read a recipe. Your site is great and easy to navigate and the short ‘how to’ it videos really help to explain the extra special tricks. Thanks again and I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Kind Regards, Erica

  • Charlene Freilich September 2, 2018, 10:13 am

    It was easy to make and it is good but its got too much of a lemon flavour for me which im not to happy about, and my lemon wasnt huge so i made sure to measure it out before adding it and it was alittle less then 1/4 cup

  • Barbara Karst August 29, 2018, 2:48 pm

    love this but my hand held blender attachment wont do it easily what food processor do you recommend?

  • Anna August 22, 2018, 3:20 pm

    HI, I don’t have a food processor, however, I have a pretty dynamite blender (Vitamix). Can I use my blender to achieve the same creamy result? Many thanks!

    • Joanne August 23, 2018, 1:31 pm

      A Vitamix should be fine for making hummus.

    • SuRa September 25, 2018, 3:41 am

      Hummus was great!! Eeh!! Could not be bothered with all the steps… Just threw all ingredients (incl whole garlic) into Vitamix & whizzed. 3mins total. Could not be better.

  • Gina August 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

    This turned out really delish! Thank you!

  • Cora Benjamin August 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    My hummus turned out completely liquid. I do not suggest using 1/4 cup of tahini, that was clearly way too much. I never found any recipe that used so much either, unfortunately I searched too late. I just hope it sets up in the fridge, it’s there now. Also rather bland, sorry. I had to add extra spices.

  • Kathy Henry August 18, 2018, 5:32 am

    This is my favorite. I chopped sweet red peppers from a jar to add on top. Delicious!

  • Dr. Blues August 15, 2018, 7:30 pm

    I made a double recipe and it turned out great! When I made it as directed, it needed a little “something,“ so I added a touch more cumin. Then it seemed a little bitter, so I added a tablespoon of local wildflower honey. I topped it with some smoked paprika. It was very easy to make and delicious.

  • Louise August 14, 2018, 6:45 pm

    This is the best recipe for hummus ever!! Much better than anything I have ever purchased and so economical for the amount you get from one recipe. Thanks so much!


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