I’m not sure where I got this recipe. It’s written on a piece of scrap paper that has a phone number and grocery list on it. I’ve been making it for so long now the recipe is covered in food stains and smudges. Good thing I had the sense to write it down.

Hummus is a middle-eastern food made from chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and tahini which is a paste made of sesame seeds. It’s super healthful and is made with very few ingredients. Garbanzo beans are a great source of protein, potassium and fiber while sesame seeds are high in vitamin E and a powerful antioxidant.

Hummus couldn’t be easier to make. It doesn’t even require any cooking. You simply throw the ingredients into a food processor and voila, you’re done. Another bonus to making your own is that you can adjust the ingredients and tailor it to your taste. I happen to like my really lemony and I don’t use as much tahini as traditionally called for. Feel free to play around and adjust the ingredients to your liking.

I often make a batch of hummus and we’ll snack on it through the week. Sometimes it finds itself wrapped in a tortilla with some turkey for a quick lunch but more often than not, it’s used for dipping veggies and pretzels while I’m making dinner.

My Favorite Hummus

An easy hummus recipe that can be made in the food processor. Most of the ingredients you'll find you already have in your pantry. Use this spread as a base for a vegetarian sandwich or as a dip with fresh cut vegetables.


  • 2- 14 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • zest and juice of two lemons
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tahini
  • 2-3 tablespoons water to thin


  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  3. Serve with fresh cut vegetables, pita chips or use as a spread on a vegetarian sandwich.
  4. Store, covered, in fridge for up to a week.
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10 Responses to My Favorite Hummus

  1. I can always use a wonderful Hummus recipe. This one looks perfect! My kids LOVE hummus!

  2. Shannon says:

    This hummus looks delicious. I am wondering where you find your Tahini?

  3. Jill says:

    Everyone at our dinner party – adults and children – loved this fresh lemony hummus. So easy to make and delicious!

  4. Angela says:

    Can you make it without Tahini?

    • Kelley says:

      I suppose but I can’t imagine it would taste like hummus as tahini is a very traditional ingredient of hummus. Let me know if you try it without and how you like it.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Tahini is made from sesame seeds and you can use a 1/4 cup of sesame seeds in place of the tahini. I buy them in bulk to make hummus.

  6. Melissa says:

    Drizzle in about a quarter cup of the reserved bean “juice” at the end. It gives it a nice smooth texture. We like ours with a dash of cayenne. (Doesnt make it spicy; just aother flavor note.) My son got hooked on hummus when he was 2. Lucky me!

  7. madison says:

    Tahini is many times in regular grocery stores, near the peanut butter, or middle eastern section, if you have one. Or look up a middle eastern market near you, even better! Also, fresh garlic is even better to use, just throw them into the food processor whole, easy! I would start with 3, and go up to 5 if you love garlic. 🙂

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