Homemade Hummus Recipe


  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 1-2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup ice-cold water (more may be needed)

Optional garnishes:

  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Pinch of paprika or sumac
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Whole chickpeas


Preparing the Chickpeas (optional, but recommended for the smoothest hummus):

  • Drain and rinse: Thoroughly drain and rinse the canned chickpeas.
  • Remove the skins: For the silkiest texture, gently pinch or rub the chickpeas between your fingers to remove their thin skins. This step takes a few minutes but significantly improves the final texture.

Making the Hummus:

  • Combine ingredients: In a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1 minute until light and creamy.
  • Add remaining ingredients: Add the olive oil, garlic, cumin, salt, chickpeas, and ice-cold water to the food processor.
  • Process: Blend for several minutes, scraping down the sides as needed, until the hummus becomes incredibly smooth and creamy. If it’s too thick, add a bit more ice-cold water a tablespoon at a time.
  • Taste and adjust: Give your hummus a taste and adjust the seasonings if needed – you might want more lemon, salt, or even an extra pinch of cumin.
  • Serve: Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl or plate. Create a shallow swirl in the hummus and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Optionally top with a sprinkle of paprika or sumac, chopped parsley, and a few whole chickpeas. Serve with pita bread, vegetables, or crackers.


  • Freshness matters: For the best flavor, try to use fresh lemon juice and garlic.
  • High-quality tahini: Good tahini is essential. Look for a brand made from pure sesame seeds with a smooth consistency.
  • Ice-cold water: Ice-cold water helps create an airy and light texture.
  • Be patient with processing: Blend for a few minutes to get that super smooth, luscious hummus.
  • Store in the refrigerator: Hummus will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


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