how to make your own hummus

July 3, 2010

I’m in a blending frenzy. Can I call it that? I think so. Ever since I got a blender a few weeks ago, I’ve been unstoppable. I’ve got all sorts of smoothie combos on the go. The green smoothie is a standard. Smashed peas with mint bruschetta? No problem. I’m getting all hot and bothered about the idea of making pesto.

I actually whooped when I realized that I can now make my own hummus. The best thing about it? About everything I like to cook? E-A-S-Y.

I bet you five bucks you have 90% of the ingredients in your pantry. Admittedly, if you don’t make hummus often, you may not be stocked up on tahini, but apart from that, it’s all pretty standard.

As with lots of my do-it-yourself posts, I got excited about the money saving potential of this. If you like hummus then you probably spend a good chunk of cash on it each month. I know I do. It costs about $4-5 a pop where I live and we definitely buy a tub every time we go shopping. You’re saving a fair amount of moolah by making a batch of hummus yourself and you also get bragging rights when you serve it up to your friends.

Homemade Hummus
adapted from The Kitchn


  • 1 15-oz can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 of a fresh lemon, juiced
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced finely
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


1. Combine all ingredients except the smoked paprika.

2. Blend until smooth. If it is a little dry, just add a little more lemon juice or olive oil, a teaspoon at a time, until you have the desired consistency. Add more salt and pepper if you like.

3. Scrape out the hummus in a serving bowl and sprinkle the smoked paprika on top.

4. Serve with raw veggies, or spread on some pita bread.

I am discovering a million ways to tart up hummus. Or houmous as we say in England. Just think of all the variations you see in the shops and you realize you can do exactly the same thing at home.

Some variations I’m excited to try:

> adding one cup roasted vegetables (e.g. zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms)

> adding toasted pine nuts

> adding olives

> beet hummus!

> adding chili powder and lime for spicy hummus

Do you make your own hummus? What are your ingredients of choice?

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Evan Thomas July 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I have a recipe for hummus with avocado. I can't wait to try it


Erica July 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I love making broccoli's huts artichoke hummus. I use the juice from the chickpea can (I reserve it on the side and use as much as I need) instead of using oil to lighten mine up. LOVE LOVE homemade hummus


Emily July 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I just made some killer raw, spicy, garlic-y, zucchini hummus today! I kinda don't want to share it with the 4th of july party crowd… a favorite addition to homemade hummus: curry paste. so good!


Jane July 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

My father in-law makes the best hummus I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. He told me his secret is using macadamia nuts. The consistency is heavenly.


Michal July 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Ah how I have missed your posts! I am so glad to be back in blogging action. I love love love making my own hummus, and I love adding sun-dried tomatoes and cilantro to make it more flavorful. :)


ohonemorething July 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Homemade hummus really does save a lot of money! I love adding chipotle peppers to it with smoke sauce as well :D I really want to try artichoke hummus. Someone told me that a trick from their country to get creamy hummus is to add Greek yogurt. I have yet to try it, but the next batch I make–I will be experimenting!


Reply July 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I can rarely buy hummus from the store anymore and my BF? Only will eat home-made, SO much better!
I love mine with lots of lemon and garlic!


Christine August 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Oh, I always make my own hummus! I actually recently threw a party and made three different kinds (plain, black bean, and sundried tomato). My mom has been making it forever, so it was always just something I assumed should be homemade. SOOOO good. And there's always tahini hanging out in my pantry for no reason other than this.


Sam C September 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Ang, awesome job on the blog. My favorite hummus is just like yours (minus the tahini) plus fresh jalapenos and cilantro. and I usually add extra garlic and lime juice.


Sara October 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I´ve been making my own hummus for a while too, a trick for texture besides adding olive oil is adding a bit of water(I know it sounds a bit gross but it works wonders)and/or plain yogurt.
Other ingredients I use are cummin(seed or powder as it all goes in the blender anyway) and for different flavors I cuncur that the sun dried tomatoes make it delicious and will add another of my favorites, back olives mmmmmmm.


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