Delicious Dips/ Sauces 'n' Dips

Homemade Hummus

January 30, 2019 (Last Updated: June 29, 2019)

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!

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. 

Bowl of hummus garnished with olive oil and paprika

Hummus with Tahini

Tahini really is the backbone of any good homemade hummus. First things first – 

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.

Hummus with Tahini

Tahini really is the backbone of hummus. It gives a gorgeous nutty body to the dip and offers a really creamy texture. By itself? Not so nice. But blended through chickpeas? Oh gimme.

And whilst you’re there gimme a food processor, I’m hungry.

Hummus blended in the food processor

Homemade Hummus

Here’s what you’ll need:

Homemade Hummus Ingredients

  • Chickpeas
  • Tahini
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

And that’s it! And the difference between this homemade version and store bought is just crazy. 

And yes, making hummus truly is as easy as chucking everything in a food processor and blitzing until smooth.

However, if you haven’t got a food processor, I’ve got you covered.

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.

Hey, why not check out my Caramelized Onion Hummus?

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

Hummus Garnish

I usually save 2 or 3 chickpeas to plonk on top at the end. I always give it a good drizzle of olive oil and a few pinches of paprika. Finally, a teeny weeny bit of fresh parsley. However this is all optional, so garnish as you wish ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and whilst you’re still here…

More easy appetizer dips

All in all, Hummus is the perfect sharing dip for an easy appetizer. Using tahini gives it a gorgeous nutty flavour and creamy texture. Making hummus truly couldn’t be more simple!

Hummus dipping in toasted Pita Bread

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How to make Homemade Hummus with Tahini (Full Recipe & Video)

Bowl of hummus garnished with olive oil and paprika

Easy Homemade Hummus with Tahini

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 8 votes
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Course: Appetizer / Dip
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 6
Calories: 184kcal

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 of)
  • 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


  • Add all of your ingredients, including the 1/4cup of chickpea brine, and pulse until smooth. Test for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve at room temp with garnish as desired.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Extra Smooth Hummus - you can spend ages unpeeling 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.ย 
b) Room temp - Always serve hummus at room temp. To store, cover as soon as you can and pop in the fridge. When needed, take it out the fridge and bring to room temp before serving.
c) Calories - per serving


Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Hummus with Tahini
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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For another easy hummus recipe, check out my Roasted Beetroot and Feta Hummus!

Roasted Beetroot and Feta Hummus overhead shot

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  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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!!

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