This Easy Homemade Hummus is creamy and the best recipe you’ll find! No fancy tricks here, just easy, one bowl deliciousness!
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Aladdin’s Eatery is a local Middle Eastern restaurant that has the best hummus recipe. I love ordering it there with warm pita bread and was inspired to make my own hummus.
You guys, it was so easy! And if you LOVE hummus, this is the perfect beginner recipe.
This recipe for homemade hummus is so simple, anyone can make it!
Homemade hummus tastes so much better than the store bought kind and is easy and quick to make. You probably already have most of the ingredients you need to make this easy hummus recipe too.
I like to make a big batch of this recipe and enjoy it throughout the week, with vegetables, pita chips, and as a spread on sandwiches.
What is Hummus?
Hummus is a thick and creamy spread that can be enjoyed with a variety of foods. It is primarily made up of mashed garbanzo beans, as well as a few other ingredients. Hummus recipes originated in the Middle East and are now enjoyed widely throughout the world.
Wondering what the difference is between garbanzo beans and chickpeas? Even though they have two different names, they come from the same bean.
Fun fact, the popularity of hummus is the reason we have two different names for the main ingredient in hummus. Chickpea is the common english term for the bean, while garbanzo is the Spanish term.
So, whether you like to call them chickpeas or garbanzo beans, I think you’ll agree this is the best hummus recipe yet!
This easy hummus recipe is gluten free and can be made and served as an appetizer or a side dish to your main course. It’s so handy to whip up a batch of this and keep it in your fridge.
How to make the Best Hummus Recipe
Step 1: Drain the can of garbanzo beans and remove the skins.
PRO TIP: If you want to skip peeling the skins, just be sure to process the beans in food processor a little extra longer to get them creamy!
Step 2: In a food processor add the garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Blend for several minutes, adding a tablespoon of cold water at a time. You can also use the drained water from the beans.
Step 3: Add more or less water to get the consistency you want. To make your hummus more creamy (similar to Aladdin’s hummus), I added about 3-4 tbsp of water total.
Step 4: Spread hummus on a large plate or pie plate. Sprinkle it with paprika and then drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Serve with warm pita bread or pita chips. Or serve it up in a bowl with a side of vegetables and pita chips!
See how easy homemade hummus is to make?
FAQs about this homemade hummus recipe
1. Should I use canned or fresh garbanzo beans?
You can use either canned garbanzo beans or fresh beans for this recipe. I use the canned cooked chickpeas because it’s quicker and takes out a step.
If you want to use dried beans, make sure to soak them in water first and then cook them.
2. Should I peel the garbanzo beans?
I always recommend peeling the skins off the garbanzo beans, especially since this recipe is so easy with canned beans. If you really don’t want to peel your beans, make sure you puree everything a little longer in the blender or food processor.
3. How do you make the hummus smooth and creamy?
Peeling the skins off will result in a creamier hummus. Don’t skip this step if you want your hummus smooth and creamy. If you use fresh beans, add a little bit of baking soda to your pot to help the beans break down.
Also, be sure to blend them for several minutes in the food processor to get that creamy consistency.
4. What other flavors can I add to my hummus?
The great thing about this hummus recipe is that you can customize it to your liking.
GARLIC. Add more garlic flavor with fresh roasted garlic or by adding additional garlic cloves.
LEMON. You can add more lemon juice and paprika on top for more of a zest. I’ve got a delicious Lemon Hummus recipe on the blog!
You can even add in your own favorite seasonings like ground cumin or sesame seeds to make ths hummus completely your own.
RED PEPPER HUMMUS. Want to make roasted red pepper hummus? Check out my yummy recipe for that too!
Ways to use Hummus
I make this homemade hummus recipe at least once a week. Wondering what I do with all that hummus?
I love to use it as a dip for warm pita bread, pita chips, and fresh vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, and celery.
You can also add it to breads and bagels to eat alone or as a sandwich spread.
What you need to make homemade hummus
If you want a quick glance at what’s needed for today’s recipe, look no further. For the printable recipe with measurements, scroll all the way down!
- garbanzo beans (chick peas)
- lemon juice
- kosher salt
- olive oil
- cold water
- Food processor or blender
- Plate or pie plate
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Classic Hummus Recipe and Video Tutorial
This Easy Homemade Hummus is creamy and the best recipe you'll find! No fancy tricks here, just easy, one bowl deliciousness!
- 2 cans (15oz each) garbanzo beans, peeled
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/3 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons, juiced)
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 5 cloves garlic
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 pinch paprika
- In food processor add drained (peeled) garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt, garlic and 2 Tbsp olive oil. Blend for several minutes, adding water a tablespoon at a time (or using drained water from beans).
- Add more or less water to desired consistency. To get it creamy (similar to Aladdin's), I added about 3-4 Tbsp water.
- Spread on large plate (or pie plate). Sprinkle with paprika and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Serve with warm pita or pita chips. Enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.
Recipe originally published on August 29, 2012 and photos updated April 2019.
Classic Hummus Recipe with smooth, creamy consistency! Made with garbanzo beans (chick peas), tahini, garlic, and more! Won’t disappoint.