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Best Easy Homemade Hummus

The Best Easy Homemade Hummus recipe that ready in just minutes. Chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and garlic make an easy homemade hummus.

Best Easy Homemade Hummus recipe - www.platingpixels.comWithin this post you’ll learn how to make easy homemade hummus. You’ll also learn about the different types of olive oils; what makes them different, what flavor they have, and which one can you cook with.

Best Easy Homemade Hummus recipe - www.platingpixels.comThis easy hummus recipe packs a lot of flavor. I’ve never made homemade hummus, like ever, until now. It’s surprisingly simple and may just be the Best Easy Homemade Hummus recipe. 

Best Easy Homemade Hummus recipe - www.platingpixels.comThis homemade hummus has just a few standard ingredients that make the best hummus. Chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil are the essentials. Then you can add things like garlic, salt and lemon, and you have a basic hummus. I’m working on some fun variations, including one with roasted tomatoes. This recipe is also vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. Win, win, win!

Another healthy gluten free recipe you’ll love is these Lemon and Dill Barbecue Salmon Kabobs)

You’ll need a food processor and just a few minutes. Throw in all the ingredients and blend until thick and creamy. Add more or less olive oil (or water) to reach desired thickness. It thickens as it chills so don’t make too thick.

Note: since there are so few ingredients in this recipe, the better the quality you use, the better the flavor.

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Which type of olive oil should I use for homemade hummus?

If you’re like me you’ve wondered why there are so many olive oils, and how you’re supposed to use each one. I’m not even talking about flavored ones. The main varieties are Extra Virgin, Virgin, and Light.

  • Extra Virgin – This is the highest quality olive oil. The oil is extracted through a process called “cold pressing”. Only pressure is used, without being heated. This is the most flavorful and should be used in dressings, as toppings, or in recipes like this homemade hummus. It’s best not to cook with this.
  • Virgin – Made the same as extra virgin, but with riper olives. It has slightly less flavor and can be used in low-heat cooking.
  • Light – This has the least flavor of all three, is very light in color, and best for baking or cooking. You won’t get as much olive flavor in the recipe, especially good for sweets. It also has the highest smoke point, so you can sauté, grill or even fry with it.
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Best Easy Homemade Hummus

Products used in this recipe:

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set
Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Hamilton Beach Food Processor

Recipe at-a-glance:

Flavor profiles: Light, yet rich with a bit of garlic and tang
Texture: Thick, creamy and great for dipping or spreading
Dietary Options/Substitutions: None: gluten free, vegetarian and vegan!

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Best Easy Homemade Hummus

The most flavorful easy homemade hummus you can make in minutes.
Course Hummus
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword authentic hummus, easy hummus dish, healthy hummus dish
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Calories 260kcal
Servings 3 –4 cups
Author: Matt Ivan
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  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, high quality is best
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons filtered water
  • Ground black pepper to taste


  • Add all ingredients (except black pepper) into a food processor. Start with the 3 tablespoons of water, and add more later.
  • Process until smooth and creamy, about 3–4 minutes, scraping sides as needed. If too thick, add more water or olive oil, 1-tablespoon at a time. Serve immediately or place in fridge, covered for 30 minutes, to thicken up and cool (best option).
  • Sprinkle with black pepper and serve with fresh vegetables, pretzels, crackers; or in a sandwich, pita or wrap.
Nutrition Facts
Best Easy Homemade Hummus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 399mg17%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 28.4mg34%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. My husband and I go through 2-3 tubs of hummus a week. Must add this to our “to make” list!

  2. we love hummus, and go through it quickly! easy homemade is best for us, this looks similar to the basic hummus we like! you have me craving hummus now…

  3. Love the post, Matthew and yes, Yosemite is on the list:) Hummus is a great snack and super versatile. I think you’re onto something with the roasted tomato idea. I do a roasted red pepper and smokey paprika one that super tasty. Love the photos!

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