Classic Hummus

April 12, 2010 by Ali

It’s “Hip Hip for Hummus Week” at Gimme Some Oven!!!

Because really — why not celebrate this fantastic dip?! It’s fresh, super affordable, packed with great nutrients and protein, versatile, and of course…delicious! (And heads and tails better when made at home, versus store-bought!)

We’ll explore a variety of creative recipes this week, but to kick things off, thought it would be wise to go back to the basics with a classic hummus recipe. Granted, if you ask ten different cooks what the perfect traditional hummus recipe would be, you’ll likely get ten different answers. :) But in general, you’ll find a smooth blend of chickpeas, garlic (often roasted), tahini (sesame paste), lemon juice and olive oil. Plus some extra light seasoning and/or toppings if desired. Completely simple, yet completely satisfying.

So dust off your food processor, and get ready for a fun week with a new hummus recipe each day — yay!

Classic Hummus Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2-3 cups spread


  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2-3 Tbsp. tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • pinch of salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup water (or the leftover chickpea juice from the can)
  • optional toppings:
  • more olive oil, chopped fresh Italian-leaf parsley, paprika (or smoked paprika), and/or toasted pine nuts


Add first seven ingredients (chickpeas thru salt/pepper) to a food processor, and blend until smooth. Add in the water (or chickpea juice) and continue blending until it reaches your desired consistency.

Garnish with optional toppings, and serve or refrigerate.

Ali’s Tip:

Even for the classic recipe, I like a little extra lemon juice. And will often toss in a pinch of cayenne as well for an extra kick. But otherwise, there’s a reason why classics are classics! :)

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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8 thoughts on “Classic Hummus

  1. Classic Hummus Recipe | gimme some oven

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  2. Thanks for posting this! I just made it and blogged about it, delicious.

    - Bridget

  3. Puree the chickpeas, garlic and spices first until a rough paste forms, then add in the tahini, then pour in the liquids. This will make it creamy and smooth out any grit from the chickpea skins.

    - Meg

  4. I love the post. It looks good. Kudos!

    - Johnie Gowey

  5. OOOOOOOOH. Post a recipe for a sweet pepper/chili paste like that one from Lenny’s! I wanna add it to your hummus. But you figure out how to do it first!

    - Lisa