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Hummus Recipe (VIDEO)

This homemade Hummus recipe is ultra creamy and has the perfect balance of garlic, lemon juice, and tahini. We love this as an appetizer or dip paired with warm Pita Bread or crunchy veggies. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to make the best hummus.

Hummus is incredible when freshly made and still a little warm, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. There’s a saying that homemade is best and it is absolutely true for hummus. It’s just way better than storebought.

Hummus recipe served in blue bowl

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Hummus Video Tutorial

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What is Hummus?

Hummus is a bean dip made primarily by blending together cooked chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), tahini (a creamy sesame seed paste), garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and seasonings.

There is a lot of debate about the origin of Hummus; whether it’s Greek, Egyptian or Lebanese. It is thought to have originated in Lebanon and traveled all over the Middle Eastern regions. It has been made for hundreds of years and is well-loved around the world.

Creamy homemade hummus served with pita bread

Ingredients for Hummus

  • Chickpeas – you’ll need 3 cups of cooked chickpeas or 30 oz canned chickpeas. Peeled or unpeeled work well. You can make instant pot chickpeas without pre-soaking.
  • Tahini – a sesame seed paste that is key to an authentic tasting hummus.
  • Lemon juice – freshly squeezed from 2 lemons
  • Garlic – use 2 large or 4 small garlic cloves. You can finely mince or grate them right into the food processor.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – we use this in the hummus as well as to garnish
  • Ice water – I add ice cubes to a cup of water and spoon it from there
  • Seasonings – I season the hummus with salt and cumin then garnish with paprika and freshly minced parsley.
Ingredients for making hummus with chickpeas, tahini, lemons, garlic, and olive oil

The Best Tahini for Hummus

There are a variety of tahini products available and it is worthwhile to source a good one if you want authentic tasting hummus. I did a ton of research on the best tahini and these are two brands that I have tried and highly recommend. Let me know if you have a different favorite.

  • Baron’s Tahini – I order this on Amazon and has a decent shelf life until you open it, then you’ll want to store it in the refrigerator.
  • Trader Joes Tahini – this stirs up very smooth and has a great flavor profile. I bought this in the store.
The best tahini for hummus

How to Make Hummus

  1. In a food processor combine 5 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 1/2 tsp salt and grated garlic. Pulse to combine then let rest 10 minutes.
  2. Add Tahini and blend until thick and smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed with a spatula.
  3. Add ice water 1 Tbsp at a time with the blender running. Stop and scrape down the bowl as needed.
  4. Add drained chickpeas along with cumin and 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. Blend until completely smooth (5 minutes), scraping down the bowl a couple of times. Add more ice water to reach desired consistency.
  5. Season to taste – with more salt, cumin and lemon juice if needed.
  6. To Serve – transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle the top with reserved chickpeas, drizzle generously with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle on finely chopped parsley.
Step by step how to make hummus in a food processor

Common Questions

What is the difference between chickpeas and garbanzo?

They are actually the same thing and the naming is used interchangeably.

Can I make this in a blender?

Hummus can be made in a high powdered blender, but it is more challenging since it is a thick mixture so it gets stuck and will require a lot of scraping down the blender bowl. A food processor is also great because it allows for adding water while the mixer is running without having to remove the lid and risk a potential mess.

Can I use canned chickpeas?

Although freshly cooked chickpeas are best (try our easy instant pot chickpeas), canned chickpeas will work. If using canned chickpeas, pour them into a saucepan with their juice and heat them lightly. Warm chickpeas will blend better.

Freshly made hummus garnished with chickpeas, oil and paprika

How to Serve Hummus

There are so many creative ways to serve and enjoy hummus. The favorite in our house is to push a slice of pita bread or fresh cucumber slice through the center, scooping up all the toppings.

  • Appetizer – We love to serve this as a dip or appetizer with Pita Bread, Pita Chips, or fresh veggies such as sliced cucumber or carrot sticks. It makes for an excellent dip on a vegetable platter, or on a Charcuterie Board.
  • Condiment– you can add hummus to pita bread as a condiment for pita sandwiches with grilled chicken strips.
  • Spread – Add a generous layer of hummus over toast and top with sliced avocado and sesame seeds to make a fabulous avocado toast.
  • Deviled Eggs – you can mash the yolks together with hummus for a creative spin on deviled eggs. To finish them off, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle on paprika.
How to serve hummus with garnishes and pita bread

Nothing beats freshly made hummus and if you try homemade hummus, it will spoil you forever. You will also feel pretty accomplished and your friends and family will be impressed (I know mine were).

Make-Ahead

  • To Refrigerate: Hummus keeps well covered in the refrigerator. It’s best in the first 3-4 days but it can be stored for up to 1 week.
  • Freezing: You can store hummus in a freezer-safe container for 2 to 3 months. Remove any excess air and leave some room at the top for expansion. Thaw in the fridge overnight and heat lightly if desired before serving.

More Dip Recipes to Try

If you love this homemade hummus, then you won’t want to miss these dip recipes. These are always a hit at parties.

Hummus Recipe

4.95 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Hummus recipe garnished with chickpeas
Homemade Hummus is way better than store-bought. It’s creamy and has the perfect balance of garlic, lemon juice, and tahini. Serve as a dip paired with warm Pita Bread or crunchy veggies.
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$12
Keyword: hummus
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Course: Appetizer, Dip
Calories: 283
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 5-6 Tbsp lemon juice, or to taste (from 2 lemons)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced or grated
  • 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt, or to taste
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas, or two 15 oz cans, reserve 2 Tbsp for garnish
  • 6-8 Tbsp ice water, or to desired consistency
  • 2/3 cup tahini
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more to drizzle
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped, to serve
  • ground paprika, to serve

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine 5 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and grated garlic. Blend to combine and let the mixture rest for 10 minutes.

  2. Add tahini and blend until thick and smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed.

  3. With the blender running, add 6-8 Tbsp ice water 1 Tablespoon at a time and blend until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

  4. Add cooked and drained chickpeas, cumin, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Blend until creamy and completely smooth (about 5 minutes), scraping down the bowl as needed. Add more ice water to reach desired consistency.

  5. Season to taste with more salt, cumin, and lemon juice if needed.

  6. To serve, transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle the top with reserved whole chickpeas if desired, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, finely chopped parsley, and dust with ground paprika to taste.

Nutrition Facts
Hummus Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 283 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Sodium 449mg20%
Potassium 289mg8%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 74IU1%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Angela
    May 13, 2022

    Hi Natasha!

    There’s this past
    Dish I want to make but I don’t have smoke spicy paprika on hand & I’m having trouble finding that particular seasoning. I was told
    To take regular paprika, smoke paprika & pinch of chili powder. I was what you can help me on how much do I use of each? Maybe you heard of the smoke, spicy paprika? Love your recipes!! Hope you & your family have a wonderful day & weekend!!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      May 13, 2022

      Hi Angela, any kind of paprika would work here since it’s just a garnish. I think you could use what you have on hand. You could also sprinkle it on a portion of your hummus and see what you think of it. I hope you love the hummus recipe!

      Reply

  • Jane
    April 28, 2022

    I don’t know what I did wrong, but my hummus turned out way too thick. I probably didn’t add enough water. Is it too late to add the water to thin it down once I’ve stored it in the fridge?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 28, 2022

      Hi Jane, I think it would be fine, I’ve done this before. Slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until you reach the desired consistency.

      Reply

  • Gabriela
    March 13, 2022

    Just wonderful!
    I made it “from scratch”, with the beans I cooked myself!
    Very good recipe, very balanced flavors.
    Thank you, Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 13, 2022

      You’re welcome, Gabriela. Thank you for your nice comments and review!

      Reply

  • AN
    March 9, 2022

    Aaahhhmaaazinggg !!!!! Your recipes are always my favourite to try to as they work 100 percent everytime 😊 The hummus turned out to be perfect and everyone loved it ,including me, who never liked the store bought hummus ever.
    Thanks for the super duper recipes 🤗
    Love from Pakistan ❤️

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2022

      So wonderful to hear that. Thanks for sharing, I’m glad it was a hit!

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    March 7, 2022

    What a great recipe and easy to follow instructions. I love watching your videos and using your recipes!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 7, 2022

      You’re so nice! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Stephanie!

      Reply

  • Karen Fullmer
    March 4, 2022

    I love your cooking videos. They haven’t been coming to me. I was in the hospital for 17 days now I don’t get them. How can I get you back?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 4, 2022

      Hi Karen, On our youtube site, click the small icon that appears below the subscribe button. On our blog ensure you subscribe. See the subscribe button at the top of the page! I hope this helps & I hope you’re feeling better!

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  • Dede
    February 17, 2022

    DELICIOUS!!! How would you modify the recipe to make it a roasted red pepper hummus? Thank you so much!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 17, 2022

      Thanks for the awesome feedback! I haven’t experimented on that to advise but I think it’s worth trying. If you give that a try, please share with us how it turns out.

      Reply

  • Linda
    February 14, 2022

    I’ve made Hummus before but never received as many compliments as when I used this recipe! Was told it was the best hummus they ever had. It was easy to make and delicious! Natasha does it again!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 14, 2022

      That is so nice to hear! Thank you for sharing and for the excellent review. I’m happy it was a hit!

      Reply

  • Naíme Phillips
    February 2, 2022

    Greetings from Barcelona! I love your channel. I was wondering if you have heard of the German kitchen robot called Thermomix. It’s pretty well-known in all of Europe. I make your hummus there in just 1 minute – it blends beautifullly! It’s becoming pretty popular in the States now.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 2, 2022

      Wow! Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Naime! It sounds wonderful.

      Reply

  • Lisa
    February 1, 2022

    Hello Natasha! My husband and I love your videos. Just wanted to say I saw Sharky. It was the mitt you had on your hand. Keep those videos rolling!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2022

      Good catch! Thanks a lot for your good comments and feedback, Lisa.

      Reply

  • Liliya
    January 30, 2022

    Oooh love hummus! 🤤 Found the 🦈 , when you set the timer. 😆

    Reply

  • Francene
    January 30, 2022

    HI Natasha, I love watching you and your recipes! How do you cook fresh chickpeas? Do you buy them in a bag on the shelf @ the grocery store?

    Reply

  • Jordan
    January 29, 2022

    I’ve made hummus for years. I only use fresh chickpeas and soak them overnight before boiling. Instead of iced tap water, I add the water in which the chick peas boiled for better flavor.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2022

      Thanks for sharing, Jordan.

      Reply

  • Samantha
    January 29, 2022

    Hi from New Zealand, Sharkie was on your hand when you held your phone.

    Reply

  • Kelly
    January 29, 2022

    How do you cook real/fresh chickpeas? I prefer to cook as much from scratch as I can 🙂

    Thanks!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 29, 2022

      Hi Kelly, we used fresh chickpeas for this recipe, but canned works also.

      Reply

  • Anika
    January 29, 2022

    Thank you so much for this recipe Natasha, you’ve made hummus a whole lot easier, and tastier for me and my family.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 29, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Anika!

      Reply

  • Diana Bradley
    January 28, 2022

    Love your recipes! I’ve been happy with everything I’ve made.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      Aww, thank you, Diana! Comments like this make my day!

      Reply

  • Kim
    January 28, 2022

    I collect hummus recipes like some collect shoes! This one is DELICIOUS! And easy! Thanks

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      This one is a MUST! So good!

      Reply

      • P.Carroll
        February 5, 2022

        My goodness, I have just made this and it is the most delicious Hommus I have ever eaten. Thank-you so much Natasha!!

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          February 5, 2022

          You’re very welcome! I am happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe.

          Reply

  • Doris Layhe
    January 28, 2022

    My favorite afternoon snack! This is so much better than what you buy at the store!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      The best snack! Homemade is always best! 🙂

      Reply

  • Laura Reese
    January 28, 2022

    This recipe blew the humus I buy at the store completely out of the water! Just amazing.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

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