Simple Homemade Hummus

by Amy on 6 February 2013

Homemade Hummusi don’t know about y’all, but i’m a snacker. i know there are people who only eat 3 times a day – breakfast, lunch, + dinner – but i am NOT one of those people. in addition to those three meals, i usually have a morning snack, an afternoon snack, + sometimes, a late-night snack. while it’s easy to reach for junk food (+ yes, occasionally i do), i feel better + more energized when i eat snacks with some healthy attributes – high protein, high fiber, heart-healthy fats, etc.

i love hummus as a snack, + much prefer homemade versions to store-bought ones. it seems like every homemade version i’ve had, whether it’s from a friend or a restaurant, is unique, which i love. so, last week, i decided to try making it myself. how did it turn out? wonderful! i adored how easy it was to make, coming together in less than 5 minutes. due to the easy preparation AND the delicious results, i made it for a potluck on Thursday, + again for a Superbowl party on Sunday. + of course, i kept a generous amount for myself … which i’ve been snacking on nonstop for the last few days. =)

Homemade Hummus

Simple Homemade Hummus

makes about 4 cups, adapted from Gourmet Magazine, via epicurious


3 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
two 16 oz. cans chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained + rinsed
2/3 cup well-stirred tahini
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, or to taste
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
a pinch of paprika, for garnish

accompaniment: toasted pita triangles


on a cutting board, mince + mash the garlic to a paste with the salt.

in a food processor purée the chickpeas with the garlic paste, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, + 1/2 cup water, scraping down the sides, until the hummus is smooth. add salt to taste. add water, if necessary, to thin the hummus to the desired consistency + transfer the hummus to a bowl.

the hummus may be made 3 days in advance + kept covered + chilled. when ready to serve, divide the hummus between shallow serving dishes. drizzle the hummus with extra olive oil, sprinkle with paprika, + serve with toasted pita.

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 6, 2013 at 6:42 am

Gotta love a good hummus. Yum!

2 Megan February 6, 2013 at 8:01 am

I’m so with you on the snacking. I don’t understand how people can only have 3 meals a day with no snacks! And I’m always reaching for the hummus, too — especially homemade — love how gorgeous yours came out!

3 Cassie | Bake Your Day February 6, 2013 at 8:21 am

We love homemade hummus. This looks perfect, Amy!

4 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

I’m a huge snacker too! I definitely need to make this and start dipping my carrots in them!

5 danielle February 6, 2013 at 8:40 am

We love this stuff and make it every Sunday – add a roasted jalapeno – so good!

6 amy February 6, 2013 at 9:02 am

Ooh, love the idea of adding a roasted jalapeno, danielle! I’ll definitely have to try that next time.

7 Tracey February 6, 2013 at 9:08 am

I’m a big time snacker too, you are definitely not alone! Your hummus looks amazing, and the pic is great (I can never make it look appetizing) :)

8 Steph@RamblingWren February 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

Looks wonderful! Love hummus. I make a rosemary & lemon variety. I agree, homemade is better than store bought.

9 amy February 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

I bet your rosemary + lemon hummus is just amazing!

10 sarah k @ the pajama chef February 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

we love homemade hummus too! so tasty & good for you…easy too :)

11 Megan @ girl by the lake February 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

Oh! This looks awesome! I just got a new food processor for my birthday (exciting, I know), so I’m dying to try some new things. Seeing as I’ve never tried hummus before, this is just the motivation I needed!

12 amy February 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

Yay for your new food processor! You are going to LOVE it. And I hope you love this hummus if you try it. =)

13 Beth February 6, 2013 at 11:27 am

I’m a snacker too, and I’d love snacking on this! Homemade is always best.

14 Kathryn February 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I love to graze and have nibbles of things – hummus is perfect for that!

15 Jackie @ The Beeroness February 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I’m a snacker too, could just eat snacks all day. I love a good spicy hummus, it makes a great sandwich spread.

16 amy February 6, 2013 at 1:31 pm

A lot of people suggested that on my Facebook page, too, Jackie – I have to admit that i’ve never used it as a sandwich spread. Must change that ASAP!

17 Rachel February 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Mmmm, I love hummus and bean dips. This look delicious and beautiful. Yummy.

18 natalie@thesweetslife February 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm

picture perfect!!

19 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction February 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Homemade hummus is a perfect snack!

20 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee February 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

great dip. fantastic for snacking. yum!

21 Renee February 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I could snack on hummus every day. I love a good basic recipe and then add other things like herbs, roasted red peppers, or jalapenos to add different flavors. This is one of those great basic recipes to keep for many occasions.

22 Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I have GOT to find tahini so I can make my own. My put up roasted garlic from my garden would be great in it. Alas, it’s too cheap to buy a giant vat at Costco while my son is at sled hockey practice.
My favorite way to use hummus (aside from dipping carrots and Daikon radishes into it) is as a spread on one slice of a grilled cheese sandwich. Yum!

23 amy February 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Ooh, what a great idea to put it on grilled cheese – brilliant! I hope you can find tahini somewhere near you – a lot of our specialty/all-natural/gourmet stores sell a big tub for a reasonable price ($5-8). I bet you can find it online if you don’t have a shop that sells it near you!

24 Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen February 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Who knew Hummus was this easy to make? I love it! I am for sure going to try this soon!

25 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I love hummus! My hubby and I snack on it all the time, but homemade is worlds better than store bought. Amazing recipe, Amy! Saving it to try soon.

26 Aimee @ ShugarySweets February 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Oh hummus, how I love thee….This looks gorgeous Amy!

27 Julie @ Table for Two February 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

LOVE homemade hummus. It really is the best and doesn’t compare to store-bought whatsoever!! healthy and delicious snacks are always amazing!

28 katie February 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm

mmm I love hummus and I’m a total snacker too! For some reason I’ve yet to make it at home. Must do this stat.

29 Megan {Country Cleaver} February 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I’m a total snacker and this is right up my alley. I have never made hummus before – I guess I better try!

30 amy February 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Megan + Katie, I had never made it at home either until now – trust me, it’s super easy and SO worth the time!

31 Elizabeth February 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I need to get on the homemade hummus train! It looks so simple and even more delicious.

32 Amy Tong February 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who snack so often! 😛 This hummus would be perfect anytime I wanted a healthy snack. :)

33 Erin @ Texanerin Baking February 7, 2013 at 3:06 am

I’ve never had hummus. I’m kind of scared of it. :/

But I’m a big snacker! I have to eat something every two hours or I’ll get anxious. Hmm. That sounds pretty bad now that I think of it. Uh, anyway, yay for snacking!

34 kristen @ notsodomesticated February 7, 2013 at 6:23 am

I’m definitely a snacker. I always have been, but now that I’m pregnant, I HAVE to eat every couple of hours or else I want to kill someone! 😉

35 ashley - baker by nature February 7, 2013 at 6:24 am

Homemade hummus is simply the best!

36 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 7, 2013 at 6:38 am

What a great snack it is! :)

37 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life February 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

Hummus is my daytime choice of snack! Our cupboards are always stocked with chick peas and olive oil. The homemade hummus is always so much better than the store bought ones. Yay for easy snacks to get us through the day!!!

38 claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

I always forget how freakin’ easy hummus is. Then I make it and am like what the frick claire, stop buying those tubs!

39 amy February 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

BAHAHA, exactly! I couldn’t have put it any better myself. =)

40 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

I am addicted to hummus and before i used to buy it a lot but lately – i have been making different variations too. its so simple yet delicious. And in case if you dont have tahini- smooth peanut butter also works. For superbowl, I made with navy beans and edamame, it turned out yummmy too.

41 amy February 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

It’s great to know that you can substitute peanut butter for the tahini. While I don’t always have tahini in the house, I *always* have peanut butter!

42 Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry February 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Hummus is my number one favorite snack! I literally put it on everything. Recently, I made a Butternut Squash and Tahini spread which was hands downs the best thing since white bread. Here is the recipe in case you want to try it.

43 amy February 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

thanks for passing on the recipe, Nicole – it looks + sounds SO wonderful!

44 Jeff February 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm

This is one of the best looking hummus dips I have ever seen! Totally sexy! Like you, I’m a huge snacking fan. I need healthier stuff on my tab!

45 Blond Duck February 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I love hummus!

46 angela @ another bite please February 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm

ha! i am so with you…eating 3x a day…I am like 6….six small meals don’t want to sound like a total piggy. lol…and i love hummus and I too forget how easy chick peasy this is to make at home…thanks for reminder so i can use up the chick peas I have!

47 Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 8, 2013 at 11:49 am

I’m not sure I could only eat 3 times a day… snacks are some of the best foods! This hummus looks super tasty

48 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations February 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I have to agree. Although I haven’t made hummus at home yet, it has been different and unique at the restaurants I had it. It was actually my lunch today! So yummy.

49 Natalie February 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I eat hummus all the time but never make my own as often as I would like to. Yours look truly wonderful.

50 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) February 9, 2013 at 10:25 am

Nothing but homemade hummus is found in the gluttons house, but that is the job of my better half and she’s always tweaking her version for fun. Well done on the images.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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