Easy Hummus Recipe

In Appetizers & Healthy Snack Recipes

Surprisingly enough, Mediterranean was one of the major flavors we enjoyed during our recent vacation to Mexico. We ate at several different restaurants that had great Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. We were reminded that we hadn’t yet mastered an easy hummus recipe that was “just right.” Problem solved! Sonja and our friend Laura tinkered with this recipe until they mastered it. They didn’t try reinventing the wheel, but learned that cooking your own chickpeas and using fresh squeezed lemon adds a subtle freshness that makes hummus so good. Cooking the chickpeas does require forethought, but if you think ahead a little bit it will pay off in flavor. This easy hummus recipe uses a food processor, which is good because our food processor was feeling a little jaded that the new stand mixer we got for Christmas has been getting so much attention…

easy hummus recipe

Normally, we’d encourage you to change up this hummus recipe as you see fit by adding more or less spices, etc. However, hummus is tricky to perfect since the chickpeas carry other flavors so well. So if you’re tempted to add in more garlic or tahini, resist the urge. If you’re craving flavored hummus, scroll down to the bottom of this post for some of our other favorite hummus recipes.

What to eat with hummus

I feel like the better question is, what can’t you eat with hummus? Vegetables and hummus are a classic combination, but you can also:

  • Use hummus in place of mayo—spread hummus on sandwiches for a more flavorful bite.
  • Dip pita chips in hummus—plain pita bread is also delicious with hummus. You can nosh on store-bought or homemade pita chips, whichever you have on hand!
  • Enjoy it with falafel—the more chickpeas, the better. Shake things up a bit by dipping falafel into a flavored hummus, like roasted red pepper.
  • Make hummus deviled eggs—instead of fussing around with mayo and mustard, mix the egg yolks with hummus and dollop the mixture back into the egg whites. This is a creative holiday side dish your family won’t soon forget!
  • Make homemade salad dressing—blend hummus with a little hot water, olive oil, and lemon juice for a simple homemade salad dressing.

Looking for more homemade hummus recipes?

This recipe is…

Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.


Easy Hummus Recipe

1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


This easy hummus recipe is delicious with warm pita bread or fresh vegetables, and can also be used instead of mayo on your favorite sandwich.


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas or 1 1/2 cans cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. If using dried chickpeas, place 1 cup dried chickpeas in a bowl and cover with 3 inches of water. Soak in the refrigerator overnight or about 8 to 10 hours.
  2. Drain and rinse the soaked chickpeas; place them in a pot and cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1 hour or more, until tender.
  3. In a food processor, add 2 cups of cooked chickpeas, 1/4 cup tahini, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil, the juice of 2 lemons, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, several pinches of kosher salt, and some fresh ground black pepper. Pulse until roughly chopped.
  4. Turn on the food processor and pour about 1/2 cup of water in a steady stream until the hummus is blended nicely. You may need to add a little more or less water to get the desired consistency. Taste and adjust flavors to your liking. Serve with pita or veggies.


You’ll want to simmer the chickpeas for an hour even if you’re using canned chickpeas.

Keywords: easy hummus recipe



About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.


  • Reply
    March 2, 2011 at 10:50 am

    hmmm…seems like this is one I had better prepare when Leah comes to town next week!

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      March 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

      You gotta give that food processor some love!

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    March 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Yes, hummus sounds easy to make, but it does take a little trial and error, I love this recipe, and yes, the fresh lemon is important! Lovely photos too

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    Beth M
    March 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    This is pretty close to the recipe that I use and I agree, BEST HUMMUS EVER! It has the best texture, best zing (from the lemon) and just the right amount of “nutty” from the tahini. I could eat buckets of the stuff!

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    March 2, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Haha…the best Italian food I’ve had was in Mexico. Funny how that goes! I LOVE hummus and I think your recipe sounds wonderful!

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    March 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I love hummus! I have a recipe I’ve made that’s a little different, but I want to try yours–it sounds really good!

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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen
    March 3, 2011 at 3:17 am

    yes yes! this is how a good hummus is to be made. I really feel sad for people who get it wrong because its so easy and its human right to get right hummus in life :-) You might be interested in soemthing called Fatteh hummus on my blog – Its like the father of basic hummus

    P.S. Love the picture

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    Caramel Wings
    March 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

    This Hummus is SO GOOD! I make it all the time!! It’s high in Manganese as well as yummy so I always have some in my fridge along with some carrots which I dip into it and snack all day!

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    March 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I’m a big fan of hummus – made from scratch, it’s always better than store-bought. What an adorable blog you have! I’ll be back.

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    March 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I love hummus! Yours looks amazing and so much better than anything you could buy in a store.

    I’d love for your to submit them to Vegolicious, a vegetarian food photo gallery where readers can browse beautiful photos to discover new recipes and wonderful blogs. If you would like to share this recipe with our readers please submit a photo along with a link to this post.

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    March 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

    love it. making it this weekend. thx for sharing!

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    March 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    This seriously looks delicious! I have only ever bought hummus from the store, but I think after reading this I will definitely have to try making it! :) I love your photos! They are beautiful!

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    Melinda Neely
    March 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Oh, that’s more lemon than I used last time. Maybe that’s why mine isn’t has good as I’d like it to be. Is there any certain brand of tahini you like?

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      March 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      We don’t have a favorite brand of tahini (haven’t tried too many yet since they go a long way)! Do you have any to recommend?

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    March 22, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I just tried this, and it is the best hummus ever! So super easy too!

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    April 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    This recipe is great. I’ve made it twice now and it is delicious.

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    May 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Chef Ronen Skinezjes (of Manta Ray restaurant) in Tel Aviv uses ice cubes when making hummus to add air and volume.

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      May 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      How interesting — we may have to try it out! Thanks for the recommendation :)

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    June 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I looove Hummus; its the best! And you definitely chose a very tasty way of serving it.

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    Karen Weston
    April 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

    This is a wonderful hummus. I love to add juice from my olive jar for part of the water, and after its finished processing I add whole stuffed olives or kalamata olives — takes this over the top as a spread for toasted homemade whole wheat pita chips or veggies!! :-)

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    May 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Perfect recipe! I was missing tahini so I used sesame oil and pine nuts. Also added fresh rosemary and basil since I had that laying around and I just cant leave a recipe well enough alone. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    June 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I have a problem whenever I make hummus….I usually just wing it without actually measuring anything (I’m not sure if that’s my problem or not) but my hummus always has this…really bitter taste. Like I put too much olive oil in, BUT, I’m just trying to get it to the right texture. Should I add water instead? I’m lost on what to do. I love the hummus from the store, but I’m having the hardest time making it at home!!!

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      June 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Hmm! Yes, you might want to try measuring out the ingredients if you are getting a bitter taste. You can definitely add water or lemon juice to get it to a lighter consistency. We also like adding tahini — though we used to make it without it, we found that helps to add to a creamy texture. Let us know if you get it to work out!

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    August 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I made this hummus, and think it is a good base. I think it turned out waaay too lemony for me. I used one of those ceramic lemon squeezers though, and that thing basically pulverizes the lemon to get all the juice out. I tried the recipe a second time, and doubled the cayenne, and halved the lemon, and added about 4x as much garlic. Love it!

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    September 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I’m going to try this today. But I think I’ll just use my blender instead of food processor; my processor is cheap and weak. Hummus is like kimchi in one important respect: make it yourself and you can have it for 1/8 the price of buying it ready-made. Thanks for the lovely recipe and photo!

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    June 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Absolutely delicious! Thank you!
    Question, is the garnish topping paprika and cilantro?

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    April 14, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I worked in an Egyptian restaurant for years. This recipe is very close to what the owners used. (They were famous for their hummus) I would just substitute the water for white vinager. It’s an AMAZING differance!! I also use natural peanut butter instead of Tahini, cause it’s such a pain to work with once its seperated.

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      April 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks for the tips!

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      April 18, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      These are great tips! Thanks, Lindsay!

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