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Making Hummus From Scratch

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

In this post I share with you an easy recipe for making your own hummus. This basic recipe can be altered to make endless flavors, making it a versatile recipe which can me used in many applications.

Serving Suggestions

  • As a dip for raw vegetables & pita

  • Layered on grilled eggplant steaks

  • As a mayonnaise substitute on sandwiches

  • Bagel topping

  • As a layer in a Mediterranean dip

  • In a grilled veggie panini

  • As a coating for baked chicken

  • Thinned with water and cream = pasta sauce

Watch Me Make It

Ingredients (for a basic version)

  • 1 can of chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained

  • 2 TBSP tahini

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • olive oil (you can also cut the oil with a little water or lemon juice for a creamier hummus)


food processor (they no longer make my model)


Place minced garlic, drained chick peas, tahini and salt into a food processor. Begin to pulse processor, then allow to run while drizzling in olive oil/water/lemon juice. Once desired consistency is reached, transfer to a storage container and refrigerate.

Printable Recipe

Basic Hummus Recipe
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Flavor Ideas

Lemon Pepper - Add the zest from 1 lemon and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper. Juice the lemon and add to the processor before olive oil

Lemon Parsley - Add the zest from 1 lemon and 1/4 cup chopped parsley. Juice the lemon and add to the processor before olive oil

Roasted Garlic - Roast 1 bulb of garlic. Squeeze into processor instead of minced garlic

Spicy Roasted Red Pepper - Add 1 roasted red pepper and 1 tsp garlic chili paste

Cilantro Jalapeño - Add a chopped jalapeño, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and the juice of 1 lime

Tapenade - replace salt with 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olive

Everything Bagel - add 1 TBSP of everything bagel spice blend

Onion - slice and caramelize 1 small onion, blend into hummus before adding oil

Fresh Veggie - after making hummus, stir in finely chopped/grated raw veggies (onion, broccoli, carrot)

Vegetable - Blend in a cooked root vegetable (1 carrot, 1 beet OR 1 parsnip)

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