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Easy Homemade Hummus

January 30, 2019 (Last Updated: April 19, 2020) by Chris Collins

This Homemade Hummus couldn’t be easier if it tried! Just plonk everything in a food processor and you’re on your way. One condition – there must be tahini!

Bowl of hummus garnished with olive oil and paprika

Homemade Hummus

Ahhhh Hummus, how you enlighten my life. Smoothy and creamy, nutty and well, quite frankly the driving force behind my increasing waistline. But damn you’re tasty. Hummus is one of the quickest, easiest and most delicious dips you can make. Here’s what you’ll need:

Homemade Hummus Ingredients

  • Chickpeas
  • Tahini
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
What is Tahini? – Tahini is essentially a paste made from ground toasted sesame seeds. It’s a key ingredient in baba ghanoush and you guessed it, hummus.

Tahini is what gives that classic ‘hummus’ taste. It offers a gorgeous nutty body to the dip and offers a really creamy texture. By itself? Not so nice. But blended through chickpeas? Oh gimme.

What can I use as a substitute for tahini in hummus?

First of all, I highly recommend using tahini both for texture and flavour purposes. You can make hummus without tahini, but personally I feel it slightly lacks. To keep the flavour of tahini you can add sesame seeds. To keep the thickening texture you could add nut butters such as cashew (mellow taste, some recipes suggest peanut butter but I find it too overpowering). But again, go for tahini if you can!

Hummus blended in the food processor

How to make Hummus

Hummus truly is as easy as chucking everything in a food processor and blitzing until smooth.

Tips for making hummus in a food processor

  • Chickpea Brine – Keep the chickpea brine from the can to thin out the hummus as it blends!
  • Smooth and Fluffy – Don’t be afraid to keep the motor running for 5mins! This gets rid of all the tiny lumps.
  • Canned Chickpeas – Canned chickpeas work fab because they’re nice and soft. If you’ve only got dry, just soak them before adding to the food processor.

Can you make hummus without a food processor?

You sure can! I have actually done it in the past and doesn’t turn out too shabby. In all instances I do recommend peeling the chickpeas if you have the time/patience. None of the below method break down the chickpea skin over effectively.

How to make Hummus without a blender

  1. Microwave – Pop your chickpeas in the microwave for 2-3mins until soft, then simply mash with a fork with your other ingredients.
  2. Pestle and Mortar – Slightly more labour intensive, but still does the trick!
  3. Potato masher – Stick your chickpeas in a saucepan to give yourself some stability, the mash them to the high heavens.

Hummus dipping in toasted Pita Bread

How to serve Hummus

First things first, I always recommend serving hummus at room temp. Never tastes quite right straight out the fridge, and is often too firm. When it comes to garnishing hummus, here’s what I go for when making classic hummus:

Hummus Garnish

  • A few extra Chickpeas
  • Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pinch of Paprika
  • Pinch of Parsley

I highly recommend the extra drizzle of oil, but the others are definitely optional.

What to serve with hummus?

Overhead shot of bowl of caramelized onion hummus with pita bread scattered around and a golden spoon dunked in. Hand holding bowl.

How to store hummus

Pop in an airtight container and throw straight in the fridge. I keep it in there for 4-5days (longer at your discretion). You can also freeze hummus, just thaw in the fridge overnight and serve at room temp.

Aaaaaaaaand I think that’s all my hummus knowledge leaked to you now 🤣 If you love the sound of this classic homemade hummus you should totally check out my other hummus recipes!

Different Hummus Recipes

Other Easy Appetizer dips

Alrighty, let’s tuck into this homemade hummus recipe shall we!?

overhead shot of beet hummus garnished with feta surrounded by pita chips

How to make Classic Hummus (Full Recipe & Video)

Bowl of hummus garnished with olive oil and paprika

Easy Homemade Hummus

This Homemade Hummus couldn't be easier if it tried! Just plonk everything in a food processor and you're on your way. One condition - there must be tahini!
5 from 10 votes
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Servings (click & slide): 6
Course: Appetizer / Dip
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories per serving: 184kcal
Cost per serving: £1 / $1


  • Food Processor
  • Spatula
  • Colander (to drain chickpeas)
  • Small Pot (to collect chickpea brine)
  • Serving Bowl

Ingredients (check list):

  • 14oz / 400g can of Chickpeas, drained (reserving 1/4 cup / 60ml brine)
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Tahini
  • 1 Lemon, juice only
  • 1 small clove of Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste


  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Chickpeas
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

To serve:


  • Add your chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, cumin and salt & pepper to a food processor and turn on the motor.
  • As the hummus blends, slowly pour your 1/4cup/60ml chickpea brine through the funnel until you reach your preferred texture (I usually use it all).
  • Stop motor and test for seasoning.
  • Pour into a serving bowl and swirl the top with a spoon. Drizzle over a splash of extra virgin olive oil and a tiny pinch of parsley/paprika (optional). Serve at room temp!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Extra Smooth Hummus - you can spend ages peeling the chickpeas, which will help the hummus more creamier, but quite frankly who's got time for that?! I recommend leaving the hummus blending in the blender for 5mins+ and make sure you stop it a few times between to scrape the edges. 
b) Room temp - Always serve hummus at room temp. To store, cover as soon as you can and pop in the fridge. I usually keep it for 4-5days (more at your discretion). When needed, take it out the fridge and bring to room temp before serving.
c) Freezing Hummus - Hummus freezes well. Just thaw in the fridge over night and serve at room temp.
d) Lemon Juice - Ensure it is FRESH lemon juice, not bottled. Bottled lemon juice will alter the taste of this hummus.
e) Oil - I don't recommend using any other oil apart from extra virgin olive oil (even regular olive oil). Extra virgin gives it that classic 'hummus' taste, any other oil will alter the flavour too much.
f) Calories - Based on extra toppings and shared between 6.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Hummus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value*
Fat 11.13g17%
Saturated Fat 1.456g7%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.534g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.287g
Sodium 340mg14%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 16.99g6%
Fiber 4.7g19%
Sugar 2.88g3%
Protein 5.6g11%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Lisa Weaver
    October 22, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    5 stars
    So quick & easy to make. Perfect if you need to whip up an impromptu dip for unexpected guests.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 23, 2023 at 11:10 am

      So great to hear, Lisa! Thanks so much for the review 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Julie Pilon
    October 28, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    5 stars
    Délicieux! Je fais de l’houmous occasionnellement, mais j’omets toujours le tahini parce que je n’en ai pas. Mais cette fois, j’ai mis du tahini. Quelle différence!! Je n’aime pas beaucoup le cumin, mais je t’ai fait confiance et j’en ai ajouté en moindre quantité. J’ai bien fait. Merci beaucoup Chris. Je viens de découvrir ton blog et je suis très enthousiaste à l’idée de cuisiner tes recettes.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 28, 2022 at 4:09 pm

      Salut Julia! Tellement heureux d’apprendre que cela s’est bien passé. Merci beaucoup d’être revenu pour un avis! C.

  • Reply
    August 18, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    5 stars
    Wonderful hummus! I shared it with my best friend the first time I made the recipe. He’s already asked for more! I did add about a teaspoon of garlic chili sauce to the recipe – gives it just a hint of heat. I will not buy hummus again and will always use this recipe – you’ve got a winner. (and I don’t even like chickpeas much)

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 20, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Ooooo a teaspoon of garlic chilli does sound lovely! Will have to try it 🙂

  • Reply
    June 13, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely yummy and will never go back to store bought!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply
    May 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    5 stars
    Just finished making this and it is absolutely delicious! Thank you for posting this recipe.

    • Reply
      May 5, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      So glad you loved it Toni! Thanks for letting me know how you got on 🙂

  • Reply
    Eden | Sweet Tea and Thyme
    February 12, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    5 stars
    The best hummus is homemade hummus!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      Totally agree!

  • Reply
    February 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe! It’s so flavorful and easy! Definitely one that I’ll be making again and again!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      and again and again…

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    February 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    5 stars
    This Hummus looks delicious and creamy and so many ways to use it. Love the flavors and easy way of doing this. Could be everyone’s favorite too.

    • Reply
      February 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      Hummus is definitely always a fave in this house!

  • Reply
    February 12, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    5 stars
    I love making my own hummus and this one looks so creamy and delicious! It’s hard to go back to storebought after making your own!

    • Reply
      February 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      It’s all about the homemade isn’t it!?

  • Reply
    February 12, 2019 at 11:31 am

    5 stars
    You can’t beat homemade hummus. So easy to make and lots of different flavour combos too.

    • Reply
      February 14, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      Homemade FTW!!