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This is the best homemade hummus recipe — and it’s easy to whip up with very few ingredients.

I first learned how to make authentic hummus in a tiny hole-in-the-wall (literally!) kebab and hummus shop in the Old City of Jerusalem. So, for me, that traditional hummus has always been the standard by which all others are measured. It was good enough to eat with a spoon.

This hummus recipe is based on that taste memory.  It is a world apart from store-bought hummus, which is typically made with soybean oil as opposed to olive oil and citric acid as opposed to lemon juice — not to mention preservatives. And, honestly, there’s no reason to buy hummus at the store; it is incredibly easy to make from scratch with very few ingredients. Just give ’em all a whirl in the food processor and you’re done.

What You’ll Need To Make Hummus

ingredients for hummus

Chickpeas are the main ingredient in hummus. I use canned, which may come as a surprise since many hummus aficionados insist on using dried chickpeas. I assure you, it’s not necessary. I’ve made it both ways and there’s virtually no difference. I have also seen recipes that call for peeling the chickpeas. Supposedly, the skins prevent the hummus from getting super creamy. Again, I tried it; it took forever and I could not tell the difference. Keep it simple!

The other key ingredient in hummus is tahini, a condiment made from toasted ground sesame seeds. Frequently used in Middle East cooking, tahini is also used in baba ghanoush and halva. You can find it in most supermarkets near the other nut butters.

When you open a can of tahini, you will notice that the solids settle in the bottom the can, similar to natural peanut butter. It is very difficult to stir tahini in the can (the solids on the bottom are quite stiff) so I suggest scraping the entire contents of the can into a bowl, then using a whisk or hand-held electric mixer to blend. Place whatever tahini you don’t use back in the can and refrigerate until needed.

whisking tahini in bowl

How To Make Hummus

Begin by draining the chickpeas in a colander (no need to rinse them). You’ll need to save the canning liquid for the recipe and set aside a few whole chickpeas for serving.

Draining the chickpeas

Next, combine the drained chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, spices and 1/3 cup of the canning liquid in the bowl of a food processor.

Hummus ingredients in food processor

Blitz for a few minutes until smooth and creamy, adding more of the reserved liquid to thin the hummus if desired. The hummus should just hold its shape when you drag a spoon through it.

Blended hummus in food processor

Transfer the dip to a bowl and use a spoon to form a shallow well in the center. Drizzle a bit of olive oil in the well, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and top with the reserved whole chick peas. Serve with pita wedges, pita chips or crudités. Enjoy!

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Hummus

This is the best homemade hummus recipe — and it’s easy to whip up with very few ingredients.

Servings: About 3 cups
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (15-1/2 oz.) cans chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup sesame tahini, well stirred (preferably Joyva Sesame Tahini)
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley, for serving (optional)
  • Paprika, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Reserving the liquid from the cans, drain the chickpeas in a colander (no need to rinse them). Set a few chickpeas aside for garnishing the hummus.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with metal blade, combine the chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, olive oil, and 1/3 cup of the reserved canning liquid. Process for several minutes until smooth and creamy. The hummus should hold its shape when you drag a spoon through it; add more liquid and process again if it seems too thick. Taste and add adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  3. Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl. Use the back of a spoon to swirl a shallow well in the center. Drizzle a little olive oil in the well; sprinkle with parsley and paprika, then garnish with the reserved chickpeas. Serve at room temperature with pita bread, pita chips or crudités.
  4. Make-Ahead Instructions: Hummus can be made and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator up to two days ahead of time. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 98
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Sugar: 0
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 225 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • Just made hummus for the first time ever using your recipe. It was fantastic and so easy. I’m a convert to homemade hummus! I made a half batch, although that might not last very long even with just one person. 😋

    • — Ruth on May 9, 2021
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  • I just made this hummus! It took sheer will power to not eat half a bowl! So easy and probably the best hummus I’ve had. I made 1/2 the recipe because I only had 1 can of chick peas, so I made it in my magic bullet instead of the food processor. That worked great. I also left out the cayenne because we tend to be a little spice intolerant. Otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Fabulous…no more store bought hummus for me 😀
    Thanks for a great recipe, Jen.

    • — Vivian on April 12, 2021
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  • We LOVED this hummus! It’s so creamy and delicious. We used it for dipping vegetables and pita, as a sandwich spread (cucumbers, medium cheese and hummus on toasted multigrain bread), and as a bed for Falafel. Thank you for sharing the recipe, it now has a home in our ‘favourites’ file. 🙂

    • — Mark on March 28, 2021
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  • I served store bought hummus last night to guests. After they left, without eating hardly any of it, I tasted it and threw it away. Awful. Your email popped up for your recipe and I made it tonight. Honestly can’t stop eating it. Per usual with ANY recipe you post, delicious, easy and spot on. So happy I have your cookbook and have given as gifts to others-can’t wait for the next one Jenn!

    • — Karen M on February 19, 2021
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on February 22, 2021
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  • This is our family go -to Hummus recipe and I have shared it many times with friends and family. I think the proportions of lemon, tahini, garlic and spices are perfect. I use canned or soaked and pressure-cooked beans. When I cook the beans, I use a little of the cooking liquid to thin the hummus. It is good both ways, although I prefer when I cook my own beans as they just seem a bit more “soft” than canned. Of course, good quality olive oil is key to the deliciousness of the dish. I like to use the brand Tassos, the organic Greek Evoo from Costco😊

    • — Liz Vorys on February 1, 2021
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  • This hummus recipe is easy to follow and has converted me to making my own. I have made it 3 times now and we take it for lunch with veggies. I half the recipe when making it (prefer it for a few days and make a fresh batch the next week). We also prefer more lemon juice so added a bit more juice and less liquid from the beans. Comes out every time. Sprinkle a little feta on top of the serving in your lunch container and feels like a gourmet lunch at a restaurant.

    • — Amy on January 30, 2021
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  • This was excellent! I added a roasted red pepper to the mix and gave it a whirl. My husband loved it. Good either without the peppers or the traditional way!

    • — Tami Arnold on January 29, 2021
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  • Love how creamy this is. The addition of the liquid from the chickpeas means less oil too.

    • — Carr Wyckoff on January 28, 2021
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  • Made this for football party and it was a huge hit! Never thought I could make hummus like this!

    • — Ena on January 28, 2021
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  • I made this hummus over the holidays for a little gathering with family. It was delicious and one of the easiest recipes to make not to mention the few ingredients needed.
    I’ve had different hummus from various stores, restaurants (in the past) but this takes the gold star.
    My niece who is a professional baker and chef wanted the recipe. No better compliment than that.
    Thanks Jenn.

    • — Kyle Elmer on January 28, 2021
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  • Wow! I am making a sheet pan chicken shawarma and wanted to make a homemade hummus to go with it and this is fantastic! So much better than store bought and I got to break in my new food processor. I was a little concerned that at $12-$13 a batch (tahini was $6) for hummus that it was a little to pricy for everyday use, but I found a tip to freeze the tahini in 2 tbs cubes (size of a mini muffin tin) so that I could use the rest at a later time. I didn’t realize how long tahini lasts before taking that step! Anyways, it was delicious and my Labrador was trying to counter surf the entire time due to the smell of the tahini 🙂

    • — Michelle on January 4, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn- I would like to make these but have actual sesame seeds. Would they work as a Joyva replacement or do I need to do something else to them.

    • — Susan on January 4, 2021
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    • Hi Susan, I don’t think sesame seeds will work unless you want to use them to make your own tahini.

      • — Jenn on January 5, 2021
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  • I find it a great “base” recipe, but light on the seasonings for me – double the tahini, cumin and garlic for sure, a tad more lemon juice and kosher salt (table salt is too salty!).

    • — Zig on December 29, 2020
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  • BEST HUMMUS EVER!
    I just made this and it tastes amazing, I’m legit eating it out of the food processor now cos I can’t help myself.
    I’ve made this easy hummus recipe many times before and it doesn’t disappoint.
    Trust me, you’ll love it.

    • — Ash W on November 8, 2020
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  • Phenomenal. Best hummus I ever had.

    • — Gregory Norton on August 31, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I love this recipe! First time making hummus at home. Recently bought a food processor and think I will be using this recipe a lot.

    If I don’t happen to have lemons on hand in the kitchen at any point in the future but still want this hummus can I use lemon juice from concentrate? If so, how much should I use?

    Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes,

    Scarlet

    • — Scarlet on August 26, 2020
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    • Hi Scarlet, so glad you like this! While fresh lemon juice is best, I think you could get away with using bottled here as well. I’d use the same amount (so a quarter cup). Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 27, 2020
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  • Amazing. Met approval of discerning 5year old hummus addict. Totally recommended! Super easy and quick too.

    • — Hayley on August 13, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I assume you are talking about including 1/3 (measured) cup of liquid from the drained chickpeas; hence you only need to save liquid from one can of chickpeas.

    • — Claudia on June 30, 2020
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    • That’s correct – you need 1/3 cup total of the canning liquid. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 1, 2020
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    • Hi Jenn,
      I have made the hummus and it is delightful!
      So now I “tweet” the recipe using what I have on hand and substituting; very minor. I have used lime juice, sweet Vidalia onions, sautéed celery, carrots and onions chopped. It just gets better every time.

      • — Sharon Gilmore on July 15, 2020
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  • Can you use lime instead of lemons when making tahini

    • — Val smith on June 28, 2020
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    • It will have a slightly different flavor but, yes, it will work. 🙂

      • — Jenn on June 29, 2020
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  • Made the hummus and absolutely loved it! I was wondering how long it is expected to last in the fridge?

    • — Mattison on June 22, 2020
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    • Hi Mattison, I’d guesstimate about 2 days. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      • — Jenn on June 22, 2020
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  • This hummus is incredible! Canned garbanzos make it so easy, minimal clean up. We are saving a lot of money skipping store bought brands.
    If anyone else likes the pine nut topping on the store brands, you can make that easily too! I toasted the pine nuts in the toaster oven (watch them, they toast fast!) Put some olive oil in a ramekin or small bowl, add smoked paprika, garlic powder, a touch of Oregano and a pinch of salt. Toss the toasted pine nuts in the ramekin, mix, and top your hummus.
    Try Jenn’s falafel and tahini sauce recipes too, equally amazing!
    All wonderful things to serve if you have vegan, gluten allergy guests!

    • — Cassandra on June 15, 2020
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  • It really is as good as everyone says it is. Very easy to make. It’s especially wonderful at room temperature. Have already made it three times, from February through May.

    • — Marcie Brown on June 1, 2020
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  • I used my Instant Pot to pressure cook dried chickpeas and the hummus was next level YUM! I had some chickpeas leftover in the freezer, from the first time I made it, and used those this evening to make it and it turned out perfectly delish 🙂 The first batch was divided up and we put half in the freezer and it thawed well and tasted great! (I saw some folks asked about that and wanted to confirm my experience)

    • — Jennifer on May 18, 2020
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  • This was so delicious and easy! I can’t believe I’ve been buying hummus from the store all this time.

    • — Sophie on May 17, 2020
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    • I made 1 other hummus recipe. My daughter said try this one. Ive made this several times. So good. I love the lemony taste. This is my go to hummus recipe

      • — Judy on June 24, 2020
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  • Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! They are so delicious and easy to follow. How should I prep the chickpeas if I am using dry chickpeas and do not have any reserved liquid from the canned chickpeas?

    • — hannie on May 12, 2020
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    • So glad you like the recipes! You can just use water in place of the liquid that comes from canned chickpeas. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 14, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn – Why can this hummus last only two days in the refrigerator after making it? Thanks, Mary Jean

    • — Mary Jean Williams on May 6, 2020
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    • Hi Mary Jean, it may last longer than two days, but I always like to err on the conservative side from a food safety perspective. (Also, this doesn’t contain any preservatives to extend shelf life as some store-bought hummus may.) Hope that clarifies!

      • — Jenn on May 7, 2020
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  • Another awesome recipe from this site. I might never buy pre-made hummus again–this is quick, easy, and so much better. I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for another great recipe.

    • — Jill T on April 17, 2020
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  • Question. Can I freeze unused hummus?

    • — Carol Traxler on April 3, 2020
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    • Hi Carol, I’ve never frozen hummus. I googled it and it appears that it can be frozen. Here are some tips that may help.

      • — Jenn on April 5, 2020
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  • This is my first recipe review. Your hummus is leagues above store bought….and easy!
    Thank u, Jenn. I have ur cookbook. Your recipes never disappoint😁

    • — Cherie, northern Michigan on April 2, 2020
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  • This recipe is so easy and so good.
    Thanks.

    • — Maria D'Abate on March 30, 2020
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  • I can’t believe I’ve never made this before! This recipe is so simple yet it’s absolutely delicious. I’m never buying store bought again. Every recipe I have tried from this site has been great!

    • — Christene on March 17, 2020
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  • I’ve tried several recipes, and could never get the right texture. This is the best. It has a nice, creamy texture. I do add extra lemon juice, cumin and cayenne to taste because we favor food on the spicy side. In a pinch I’ve used bottled lemon juice with no complaints. Still the best.

    • — Diane on March 3, 2020
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  • Hi

    Would you have a video on how to make ur hummus?

    Thanks
    Pearl

    • — pearl on February 24, 2020
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    • I’m sorry Pearl, but I don’t. You can find the handful of recipe videos I have here. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on February 24, 2020
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  • My niece loves hummus but is allergic to olives. She cannot tolerate olive oil. Do you know of an alternative to olive oil used in the recipe. Is there a better alternative to soy bean oil found in store brought hummus that would be available to home cooks? Is the oil stirred into the hummus or can it simply be eliminated?

    • — AnneS on February 3, 2020
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    • Hi Anne, you can just use vegetable oil here (and I probably wouldn’t bother to drizzle any oil on top of the finished hummus). Hope you (and your niece) enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 4, 2020
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  • I am never looking for another hummus recipe again- this is perfect. Thank you Jenn!

    • — amsuka on January 26, 2020
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  • wow this is great for a healthy child snack 🙂 +!+

    • — one super dad on January 14, 2020
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  • What quantity of dried beans should I use, as I don’t like using canned beans? Loved this recipe.

    • — Sam on January 5, 2020
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    • Hi Sam, from what I read, it sounds like you’d need to start with about 2 cups of dried beans. That may leave you with a bit more than you need once they’re cooked. (If you do end up with some extra, they’ll last nicely in the fridge for up to two days.) Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 5, 2020
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