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.

With just a few simple tricks, you really can make smooth homemade hummus from scratch and yes, we really do think it’s better than store-bought // #hummus #hummusrecipe #recipes #mealplanning

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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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  • Arostegui February 13, 2014, 4:09 pm

    This was a very good guide for my first attempt. End result was a super smooth and creamy hummus. Wish I would’ve doubled the batch to save me the hassle of washing the food processor all over again :). I added a bit more minced garlic , 1/2 tsp salt, and 2 TBSP water at the end. Next time I’ll bump up the lemon juice and add a little less salt (this batch was a touch salty, but could be the sodium from the canned chick peas).

  • Victoria February 10, 2014, 8:13 pm

    I’m eating this right now and I will never, ever buy store bought again. This is so good. I might cry.

  • Abby February 10, 2014, 5:44 pm

    I loved this! You’re absolutely right that the order matters. I make this in doubles and add jalapenos or tabasco to half of it. My husband could live off of it. I tend to add a bit more cumin, salt, and garlic to the regular one, for a bolder flavor. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Abby February 10, 2014, 5:47 pm

      Oh, and I use dry beans that I boil. I love the fresh taste versus the canned flavor of the beans that way. Doesn’t take long either, and the beans cream really well when they are HOT.

  • Lisa February 10, 2014, 1:13 pm

    I just made this. I used dried garbanzo beans soaked for 24 hours. It was delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

  • aubrey February 10, 2014, 11:31 am

    this hummus is delicious! I took the skins off of the chickpeas and it made a world of difference in texture. was really well worth it! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Joseph February 9, 2014, 8:08 pm

    Followed the directions, and the texture and consistency is perfect! Excellent fluffy hummus.

    This is a great starter recipe. I found it to be WAY too salty, and much too garlicky in taste.

    I would recommend (depending on the tahini salt content) that you don’t add any salt, and that you use 1/2 the garlic recommended. You can always add salt later but you can’t remove it once it’s in there! I added 1/2 tsp. and about fell over. One of the biggest problems with American food is the high salt content! Even a standard hummus 1 tbsp serving has something like 6% of your daily recommended value! Not to mention 9% fat. That’s in 1 tbsp! So you can easily adjust this recipe to be healthier.

  • Josie February 8, 2014, 8:42 pm

    I’ve made this many times following the recipe and see no need to peel the beans. It came out perfectly smooth. Besides, there is nutrition/fiber in the skins.

  • Nina February 7, 2014, 11:20 am

    This recipe is brilliant! We added more garlic because we like garlicky:) Also added more lemon juice and used instead of 1 tbsp. of the added water. We also like lemony. The hummus was terrifically smooth. That lemon/tahini start is a smart way to go and the skinning options for the chickpeas is great. I think it is my favorite hummus ever – store bought or homemade! Thanks again!

  • Karen R. February 6, 2014, 6:46 pm

    I always used store bought hummus before and had wanted to try making my own. I am so glad I did. I LOVE this recipe. It’s simple and so tasty! I have only done it with the garlic but at some point want to try it with roasted red peppers. I followed the recipe exactly except added more minced garlic since I am a garlic lover. I could sit and eat the whole bowl! Great with cut veggies or blue corn chips or both! YUM!!!!

  • Deanna February 6, 2014, 4:11 pm

    OMG!!! Soooo delicious, I will NEVER buy hummus again!


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