The Best Hummus Recipe

This Easy Homemade Hummus is creamy and the best recipe you’ll find! No fancy tricks here, just easy, one bowl deliciousness!

Homemade hummus in a white bowl drizzled with olive oil.

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 are 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.

Serve it up with our easy Instant Pot Gyros, along with some veggies and tzatziki sauce!

Hummus with olive oil in a white bowl and served with veggies, pretzels, and pita chips.

How to make Hummus

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, 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?

Hummus with vegetables and pita chips.

Recipe FAQs

Should I use canned or fresh garbanzo beans for hummus?

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.

Do I need to peel garbanzo beans for hummus?

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.

How do you make 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.

More Hummus Flavors

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!

Spinach Artichoke. Yep, you read that right. Similar to our popular spinach artichoke dip recipe, this spinach artichoke hummus is packed with flavor!

Hummus in a bowl and served on a platter with pretzels, pita chips, and vegetables.

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Love dips and snacks that you can serve family and friends at a get-together? Here are some of my favorite recipes!

Yield: 48

Hummus Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

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
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons, juiced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 pinch paprika


  1. 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).
  2. Add more or less water to desired consistency. To get it creamy, I added about 3-4 Tbsp water.
  3. Spread on large plate (or pie plate). Sprinkle with paprika and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Serve with warm pita or pita chips. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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.

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Classic Hummus Recipe with smooth, creamy consistency! Made with garbanzo beans (chick peas), tahini, garlic, and more! Won’t disappoint.

About Aimee

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Posted on June 20, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. I never realized how easy hummus was to make at home! Your recipe looks better than the store bought versions! I will be giving this a try, indeed!

  2. Love homemade hummus! Its definitely worth peeling the skins off the beans….just a little squeeze and they pop right out!

  3. This was pretty good…very smooth and nice flavor. The only thing that I didn’t like was how salty it was. Next time I will cut the amount of salt in half.

  4. Did anyone else peel the chick peas? It took forever. I was wondering if anyone just used the canned chick peas without peeling. Was it still good? I loved the recipe and didn’t think it was overly salty. Did they use KOSHER salt like the recipe said? I have never seen an Aladdins so I cannot compare with their hummus. This hummus is really good and I did exactly as directed in the recipe. Didn’t change a thing.

    1. Thanks Nikki. When I’m feeling lazy I make it with the skins on the chick peas. It comes out a little thicker, but still delicious!

  5. Good! Don’t recommend using the bean juice instead of water, its too much. will change that next time, but otherwise a keeper!

  6. Just made this for the third time. I omit the salt completely in this recipe and cut the oil by half. Still amazing and delicious! I’ve also added roasted red peppers before and it’s scrumptious! Best hummus recipe I’ve ever used. I don’t have a desire to try any other. This recipe is a staple in my diet now. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I would like to add, however, that despite the saltiness, this recipe is the closest to Aladdin’s that I’ve tried yet. So thanks!

  8. Okay, well I made this myself. It’s not bad, but turned out VERY salty and I followed the recipe to a T. Shugary Sweets is right, Aladdin’s Eatery has the best hummus I’ve ever eaten and I think I’ll just go back to getting it from them.

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