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Easy Homemade Hummus + Flavor Variations

You can make this quick and easy homemade hummus in a food processor with only 6 ingredients. Top it off with one of my favorite flavor varieties for a yummy and unique appetizer.

Hummus topped with everything bagel seasoning.

I learned how to make hummus when working at a restaurant at 16 and have been making it ever since. This hummus is easy, healthy, smooth, creamy, and flavorful. It requires no cooking or peeling, and is ready in minutes! 

This dip makes a perfect healthy snack, appetizer, side dish, or light meal. It is the perfect spread for sandwiches and wraps. I love making it for meal prep to eat throughout the week. Hummus is good for you, only uses natural ingredients, and pairs with soooo many things.

Gluten-free, vegan, and loved by many. Perfect to serve guests and bring to parties. There are tons of ways to customize and serve. It never gets boring!

Here, I’ll show you how to make the perfect basic recipe. I also have a bunch of variations to liven it up.

Ingredients

This easy recipe only uses 6 ingredients. Each ingredient plays an important role. I do not recommend skipping or substituting any of them.

Ingredients for homemade hummus.

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) provide the base of any hummus recipe. Here we use canned chickpeas. I have been making hummus for over 15 years and use canned chickpeas for simplicity.

The liquid from the canned chickpeas, aka aquafaba. It is the secret ingredient to making this hummus light, fluffy, and smooth.

Fresh lemon juice adds a bright and fresh flavor. It is so much better than the bottled stuff.

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It gives the hummus a nutty flavor, helps achieve a smooth, creamy texture, and acts as a thickener. Be sure to get a good quality tahini, and do not skip it!

Fresh garlic cloves add a bold and delicious flavor. 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil drizzled in transforms it into a luxurious, silky dip.

Salt will elevate all the flavors and take it to the next level.

Flavor Variations

There are so many fun toppings and garnishes for hummus. Try one of these!

  • Traditional: Top with a few whole chickpeas, a generous sprinkle of paprika, and some chopped parsley. Then drizzle with olive oil.
  • Everything Bagel: Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of Everything Bagel Seasoning on top.
  • Chili Crisp: Top with a couple of tablespoons of chili crisp. This Sichuan Chili Crisp is amazing!
  • Roasted Garlic: Mince a few cloves of roasted garlic and add them to the hummus.
  • Honey Jalapeno: Remove the stem and seeds from 1 fresh jalapeno, dice it, then mix it with 1 tablespoon of honey. Spoon the mixture over the hummus.
  • Jalapeno Cilantro: Remove the seeds and stem from 1 fresh jalapeno, dice it, and add it to the hummus. Then drizzle with 2 teaspoons of lime juice and garnish with ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Olive tapenade: Add ¼ cup of homemade or store-bought olive tapenade.
  • Mediterranean Blend: Sprinkle it with pine nuts, chopped basil, and diced roasted red peppers. Then drizzle with olive oil.
  • Spicy Pepper: Mix 2 teaspoons paprika, ½ teaspoon cumin, and ½ teaspoon cayenne, and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small bowl to form a paste. Stir the spice paste into the hummus. You can add more or less cayenne, depending on your heat tolerance. Top with 2 tablespoons of diced roasted red peppers.
  • Dill Pickle: Top with ¼ cup chopped dill gherkin pickles and garnish with fresh or freeze-dried dill.

How to Make Homemade Hummus

Following a few simple techniques will guarantee a luscious and creamy hummus.

First, gather your ingredients and set up your food processor. Then, drain the can of chickpeas over a small bowl. Be careful to save the liquid.

Lemon juice and garlic in a food processor.

Blend the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Then add the tahini and 3 tablespoons of the reserved chickpea liquid. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Doing this first will ensure it is smooth, fluffy, and creamy.

Making hummus in a food processor.

Next, add the chickpeas and olive oil and continue blending. Then, add more chickpea liquid until you reach your desired thickness. You may or may not need more at this point.

Making hummus in a food processor.

Last, scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl and blend until the hummus is smooth and creamy. That’s it! Super simple.

Use a silicone spatula to scrape it into a shallow bowl for serving. Top with any of the flavor variations mentioned in this post, and enjoy!

Serving Tips

  • Serve with pita bread and tzatziki.
  • With veggies for dipping- I love cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, and celery.
  • Spread it on this amazing veggie wrap.
  • Make a meze board. Don’t forget the Mediterranean Cucumber Salad!
  • Make Snack Packs- Divide into individual cups like these lunchblox. Then serve with cut-up veggies, pita chips, crackers, pretzels, or homemade crostini.
  • Serve it with falafel.
  • Spread it on toast and sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning. 
  • Eat it with tahini kale salad.
  • Serve as a quick lunch with all the dippers. A leak-proof bento box makes the perfect container. They make an adorable kids bento box too!
  • Spread it on sandwiches. It tastes great in place of cream cheese in this veggie sandwich.
  • Choose it as a healthy snack during pregnancy.
A pretzel stick dipped in hummus with a plate of hummus in the background.

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Easy Homemade Hummus

A plate of homemade hummus garnished with chickpeas, paprika, and olive oil.

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Make this quick and easy homemade hummus in a food processor with only 6 ingredients.

  • Author: Mandi
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 15ounce can of chickpeas, liquid reserved
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Notes

  • Store leftovers in a sealed bowl in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • For a traditional topping, add a few whole chickpeas, a generous sprinkle of paprika, and some chopped parsley. Then drizzle with olive oil.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 62
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 114 mg
  • Fat: 4.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Frequently asked questions about hummus

How long does it last?

Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days

Can I freeze it?

Yes. You can freeze classic hummus for up to 4 months. Freeze the whole batch in a freezer-safe container. You can also freeze individual portions in ice cube molds and transfer them to a freezer bag for storage. Thaw frozen hummus overnight, then give it a thorough stir before serving. Add any of the optional flavors after thawing and stirring.

Do I have to peel the chickpeas?

Nope. Many recipes call for peeling the chickpeas. Here, we skip that extra work and rely on technique and aquafaba for a smooth, creamy dip.

Can I leave out the garlic cloves?

I recommend using garlic cloves. Leaving them out will change the flavor. That said, I would leave out the garlic and double the lemon when I was pregnant and loved it. You do you. 🙂

Can I leave out the tahini?

Please don’t. Tahini is essential for hummus!

Where can I buy tahini?

Tahini is usually in the peanut butter aisle. If you have trouble finding it, you can order it online.

What if my hummus is too thin?

You can blend a small amount of extra tahini to thicken it.

What if my hummus is too thick?

Add more chickpea liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time to thin it. If you run out of it, you can use ice water instead.

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