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Homemade Hummus

  • Yield: Makes 3 cups
Homemade Hummus

Source: Everyday Food, June 2007


  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt


  1. Reserving 1/4 cup liquid, rinse and drain 2 cans chickpeas. Place chickpeas and reserved liquid in a food processor. Add 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup tahini, well stirred, 2 garlic cloves, chopped, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt. Process until smooth.

Cook's Note

To store, refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Reviews (15)

  • BubbleDream 9 Feb, 2013

    OMG! The recipe is just great! I tried fantastic hummus in Lebanon and this one tastes exactly the same. There is a feeling that I'll be making another batch very soon :)

  • RawsonFamily 7 Jan, 2012

    This recipe is delicious!! I decided to try it as my husband LOVES hummus and we spend a fortune at the wholesale clubs every week just on hummus! It was so simple to make and delicious! My husband loves this much more than the store bought, too, and doesn't want to purchase hummus anymore! It makes quite a bit as well! My mother-in-law, sometimes picky, asked that I bring it to her holiday party! Make this and you'll love it! I'm going to try it next with roasted red pepper as suggested! Yumm!!

  • randiwomack 13 Mar, 2011

    I just made a batch and took half out and then added a roasted red pepper to the remaining still in the processor. The red pepper, I believe is my favorite, and it's definitely my husband's favorite. I am eating it with fresh carrot sticks, YUM!

  • sweetjen34 3 Mar, 2011

    This was delicious! It may be basic but it turned out great. Next time I may try adding some roast peppers or some cumin, but this was a great plain Hummus. By the way, I bought my Tahini at the grocery store. It was with the peanut butters.

  • PrincessKitty 7 Aug, 2009

    We take Hummus very seriouslly in my house! This recipe is a good "base" recipe. Tahini is essentiall. If you prefer roasted garlic instead of fresh garlic use that, If you cant use cayennne pepper, sub in paprika, a nice variation is to add some roasted red peppers (drained from a jar is fine) I make mine in a bowl using an immersion blenderfor a better whip.Always store in a tight lidded container with a little olive oil on top to keep it from drying out. Stir well prior to using.

  • gkm321 7 Aug, 2009

    Tahini can be hard to find. I use a little sesame oil.

  • amberpasternak 2 Jan, 2009

    Tahini is essential to Hummus. It's sesame seed paste--not so weird. It's used in other middle eastern dishes. You could also probably incorporate it into asian recipes or even use it as a spread on sandwiches.

  • corkie101 1 Jan, 2009

    What else can Tahini be used for? Can it be omitted in this recipe because it sounds kind of weird?

  • jniffer20 14 Aug, 2008

    Very tasty. Ate it on whole grain bread, pitas, and raw veggies. The texture was a little grainy, but it's one of the only hummus recipes without olive oil.

  • iamchanelle 1 Jul, 2008

    i just made this for lunch today and it was good! i did add a generous swirl of olive oil and some freshly cracked black pepper to the finished dish, and served with flat bread and carrot sticks. yum. here's a pic:

  • christinaorleans 1 Jul, 2008

    Tahini is a sesame seed paste. You can buy it at health food stores or the health food section of a regular grocery store. It comes in a jar like peanut butter and has a similar consistency. It is a little expensive, but it lasts a long, long time in the fridge, it's totally worth the price.

  • pelin 30 Jun, 2008

    and half teaspoon cumin inside.
    i don put cayenne pepper inside but after putting hummus on a plat plate, i put on cayenne pepper, sumach and olive oil and dress with raw parsley.i recommend you to mix chickpeas'water (if you boil) to keep hummus smoother.

  • heather8330 30 Jun, 2008

    I think Tahini is a sesame seed paste... not sure about the shelf life though

  • flamingochic 30 Jun, 2008

    What is Tahini and where do you buy it???

  • blaukehlchen 6 Jun, 2008

    What is the storage life of tahini, after opening? Thank you.

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