If you’re not already obsessed with this dip, hummus is made from chickpeas and tahini. It’s fresh, creamy and perfect for dipping pita chips or spreading on a wrap.
While you’ll find hummus brands at nearly every supermarket, we love making hummus at home as you can make big batches perfectly customized to your tastebuds.
Plus, homemade hummus is super simple to make from scratch! All you need are a handful of pantry ingredients like canned chickpeas, tahini, fresh lemon juice, garlic and salt. No tahini at home? No worries! It’s optional in this recipe.
Tips on Selecting Ingredients
To keep things easy, use canned chickpeas instead of dried. You can also use cannellini beans in place of chickpeas. This cannellini bean hummus is delightful, too. If you have extra time and want to achieve a creamy hummus consistency, remove the skins from each chickpea after rinsing them.
If you’re looking to take your hummus to the next level, high-quality tahini is a must. It’s a creamy paste made from ground sesame seeds. Tahini adds a rich nutty flavor to hummus, that helps round out the lemon and garlic flavors.
Essential Tools You’ll Need
Prepping fresh minced garlic can quickly turn into a tedious task. Peel and mince with ease using this stainless steel garlic prep set ($13).
This serving bowl ($32 for 4) is only 7″ wide with low edges, making it easy to scoop up hummus.
How to Make Hummus
This easy lemon-garlic hummus from Kris Capener in Utah is perfect for beginners!
- 3/4 cup olive or canola oil
- 2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1/4-1/2 cup tahini (optional)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Step 1: Blend it up
In a food processor, combine the oil, chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Cover and blend until perfectly smooth. For a more authentic hummus, add about 1/4 – 1/2 cup tahini to ingredients.
Editor’s Tip: For a thinner consistency, add aquafaba or ice-cold water until you reach your desired consistency.
Step 2: Garnish and serve
Transfer to a serving bowl, drizzle with a little extra olive oil and sprinkle on some paprika for taste and a pop of color.
Is Hummus Healthy?
Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Instead of chips, try pairing the hummus with a healthy dipper like carrots, radishes or celery for extra benefits.
How to Serve Homemade Hummus
Serve hummus as a dip with pita bread wedges or assorted fresh vegetables. (Here’s how to make pita bread at home!)
This hummus is also great spread on wraps, topped on pizza and even stirred into pasta. Check out these other recipes to make with hummus, too.
Tips for Storage
Your homemade hummus should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.