Classic Hummus

This classic hummus recipe is quick and easy to make, smooth and creamy, perfect for dipping or spreading, and it tastes SO fresh and flavorful!

My FAVORITE hummus recipe! It's incredibly easy to make, perfect as a dip or spread, and so fresh and delicious |

Last week, my friends and I took a little weekday road trip out into the Kansas countryside to bid good-bye to a place that has served us well — my friend, Amanda’s, farmhouse.

About five years ago, Amanda made the brave move away from the city and out to this adorable little bungalow out in the middle of the Kansas plains outside of Lawrence.  And there, she created the loveliest little home where she could leave behind the hustle and bustle of her job, soak up the quiet, and enjoy the most magnificent sunrises and views a girl could hope for.  And there, she also regularly welcomed all of us “city girls” out to pitch tents in her backyard for our annual book club campouts, and to grill pizzas or eat brunch out on her spacious back patio, or — as I loved to do — to take a moment to just take a deep breath and look up at the bright stars.


This house was a special one, and will always be home to some very special memories.

But as seasons in life change, so sometimes do homes.  And all of our friends were happy to hear the bittersweet news that Amanda recently decided to leave behind this home and come back to join us in Kansas City.  We’re all beyond excited to have her back near us, where we can all easily stop by to say hi or impulsively plan a happy hour together within the hour.  But we also know that she will miss this sweet house, just as we will.

So before we got too busy planning a we’re-so-excited-to-have-you-back-in-KC celebration, we all decided that a little farewell-to-the-farmous party was a must.  :)  So last Wednesday night, we all piled in our cars and roadtripped it to the countryside after work, and cozied in amongst the moving boxes with some popcorn, wine and beer to give a last toast to this sweet space.  And, you know, to add at least a wee bit of protein to our evening together, I brought along my favorite homemade hummus to share.

It’s always a winner.


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My FAVORITE hummus recipe! It's incredibly easy to make, perfect as a dip or spread, and so fresh and delicious |

Believe it or not, I actually first shared this recipe on the blog way back in 2010, back when this blog was a very young pup.  The pictures I took back then were not especially appetizing, so I decided to re-shoot this puppy before packing it in my car to go to Lawrence.   The recipe is still the same one I’ve used for years — classic ingredients, super quick and easy to make, and always (always!) ridiculously delicious.

And if you ask me, it always tastes noticeably fresher than anything you can buy at the store.

And did I mention it’s super quick and easy to make?!  I’m not kidding.  Simply throw everything in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth…
My FAVORITE hummus recipe! It's incredibly easy to make, perfect as a dip or spread, and so fresh and delicious |

…and voila, hummus is served!

Well, with one tiny caveat.  If you want a thinner/smoother hummus, you can add a little extra water until it reaches your desired consistency.  But other than that, just puree and serve, and a delicious bowl of hummus will be yours to enjoy.

My FAVORITE hummus recipe! It's incredibly easy to make, perfect as a dip or spread, and so fresh and delicious |

I made a double batch here, as I pretty much always do while I’m at it, and then used the leftovers to make some of my favorite Hummus Crusted Chicken later.  But if you’re making this for a party, I’m gonna just go ahead and recommend that you make a double batch, because I’m pretty positive the whole thing will disappear.  ;)

Bottom line — I’ve tried tons of hummus recipes in my day, and this one is (and will forever be) my all-time favorite.  So bookmark it, make it, and share it with those you love.  And hopefully you’ll all make even more good memories together as you enjoy it.  :)

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Classic Hummus

This classic hummus recipe is quick and easy to make, it’s naturally gluten-free and vegan, and it tastes SO fresh and delicious!


  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • pinch of salt and freshly-cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup water, or more if needed
  • optional topping ideas: extra drizzle of olive oil, chopped fresh parsley, crushed red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, toasted pine nuts, chopped roasted red peppers, basil pesto


Add first seven ingredients (chickpeas thru salt/pepper) to a food processor, and blend until smooth. Add in the water and continue blending until the hummus reaches your desired consistency, adding additional water if needed.

Garnish with optional toppings and serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

*Note that I made a double batch of this recipe for the photos, updated in February 2016.

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My FAVORITE hummus recipe! It's incredibly easy to make, perfect as a dip or spread, and so fresh and delicious |

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  1. Easy and delicious!!!

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  3. Absolutely Delicious!!! I did make one teeny tiny change. I saved the liquid that the beans were packed in and I used that to thin out the hummus instead of water. It keeps with the hummus flavor and doesn’t dilute the taste. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  4. I just made this and it is delicious! Thank you for the simple recipe. Will keep and make again for sure.

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  6. Using lemon juice, means you could use the lemonpeeling too. in very small pieces by grating it like GranaPadano. It puts a taste of fresh fruit to the humus.

    Another ingredient could be fresh ginger.

    Rating: 4
  7. Question: Have you ever used dry chickpeas and cooked them up to use in this recipe? If you haven’t, would you recommend it? This is the perfect recipe that I would love to make and I prefer to cook my beans rather than using canned.
    Thank you for your time! ?

  8. Easy & quick receipe taste delicious but it did come out a looser than expected, will let sit for a couple days to see if it thickens up. Will make again

    Rating: 5
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  10. Quick and Easy to make and it takes delicious!
    I have noticed in New Zealand the store bought Hummus has sulphur dioxide added to it and a lot of other nasties. So this is great! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  11. Hello! Would this work in a vitamix?

  12. Unbelievable good and smooth. I added a lot more (juice of two lemons) and more garlic too ! Yummmm you won’t be disappointed !

    Rating: 5
  13. This is absolutely my favorite! I always triple the garlic! YUM! Thanks for a great recipe.

    Rating: 5
  14. This hummus dip was absolutely amazing! We add a couple of jalapeños and a bunch of cilantro!

    Rating: 5
  15. Delicious and very easy. The family loved it. No more store bought hummus for me!

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  17. AMAZING! I won’t buy hummus again when it’s this easy to make and so delicious! I did add extra lemon as some others did as well as a little smoked paprika…perfect!

    Rating: 5
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  21. LOVE IT!! way better than the stores and i didn’t have nahini so i used 1 1/2 TBLS sesame oil ..

    Rating: 5
  22. Just made with fresh (soaked overnight and cooked) chickpeas. Can’t stop eating it. So quick and easy, thank you!!

    Rating: 5
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  24. I just made this hummus recipe today, only because I had leftover chickpeas, because the evening before I made a chickpea and red lentil soup, which was delicious, and I only used half a can of chickpeas, so I decided to make hummus with the leftover chickpeas, and I already had all the ingredients on hand, I followed this recipe to the T , but since I had a smaller amount of chickpeas, I used less amounts in certain cases, 1clove garlic instead of a few, a little less tahini, and olive oil, anyhow the finished product was very good, a little garlicky but otherwise was very happy with results, I myself do not like the hummus you get at supermarkets, its the ingredients they put in to give it extra shelf life, etc

    Rating: 4
  25. Just curious what you eat with hummus (like crackers, chips etc)?

    Rating: 5
  26. I added orange juice instead of water to obtain the right consistency. Tastes superb!

    Rating: 5
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  28. Have you ever tried eating this hummus with kalamata olives, or olive tapenade as a topping? It’s incredible, along with a little drizzle of some more fruity olive oil, and some pita bread.

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  32. Hi! This recipe is fantastic. I have to agree with the other reader, once you’ve had this it’s hard to ever buy again. I loved it. I have a question regarding the shelf life of this hummus. I made it to have on hand at home vs for a party or get together. Please let me know. Thank you! And happy mother’s day to you and all the special ladies in your life.

    Rating: 5
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  37. this was excellent. Made as is

    Rating: 5
  38. very easy and inexpensive.

    Rating: 5
  39. I didn’t have lemons so I substituted lemon juice for apple cider vinegar and used lemon pepper turned out so good! I’m looking forward to making more and adding some spice!

    Rating: 4
  40. Can’t WAIT to make this. Hummus is one of my very favorite foods!
    I read, to achieve an extra smooth consistency, to actually pinch off all the chickpea skins. I have yet to try this, but will when I make your delicious recipe. Stay tuned…

  41. LOVE THIS!! I used my chili infused oil for this and it gave it a WONDERFUL heat on the back end of the bite. New favorite go to base recipe for hummus. Thank you for sharing!

  42. Our local falafel place makes THE BEST hummus; and you can buy a 16 oz container of it for $10. The price is a little outrageous, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve done that quite a few times because I’ve never found any other hummus that compares. This, though? This easily rivals it any day – and it cost a pittance comparatively! It was so easy to make, and the flavor is outstanding. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  43. This is very good we just need to add more tahini sauce

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