This easy hummus recipe is truly a favorite. We start by boiling canned chickpeas until they're super soft which makes the most luscious and creamy hummus ever. This hummus recipe is met by rave reviews every time. You'll love it!

A close up shot of an easy hummus recipe with chickpeas and olive oil on top.

I've got my all-time FAVORITE hummus recipe to share with you today. While this is easy to make (like most hummus recipes) I have a special trick for making it the creamiest hummus you will ever eat. ← not exaggerating at all.

What makes this hummus recipe so special

  • We start by boiling canned chickpeas. Yes, boiling them. This extra little step will breakdown the chickpeas and turn your hummus into something truly magical.
  • Lots of tahini. This is the ingredient that transforms mashed chickpeas into the dip of your dream. The flavor is amazing and it adds another layer of creaminess. And we all know that there's no such thing as too creamy where hummus is concerned.
  • A little ground cumin. You won't find this in all hummus recipes, but I swear to you that it really kicks up the flavor.
  • Just the right amount of lemon and garlic bring it all together.
  • It's an amazing base recipe that you can get creative with. Try adding some pesto for a pesto hummus or pumpkin for a pumpkin hummus. Let your imagination run wild!

All the ingredients for this hummus recipe in a food processor.

How to make hummus

Making hummus can be as simple as throwing the ingredients into your food processor and turning it on. But if you want to make THE BEST HUMMUS, then you need to do one more step.

To make the creamiest hummus, we need to start with super soft chickpeas. If you cook your own chickpeas, you can simply boil them for a longer time. But I never think far enough ahead to soak and boil my chickpeas; I always reach for a can. To make them softer, simply pour the can into a pot and boil the chickpeas for about 15 minutes.

That one little step will transform your hummus into the most creamy and silky thing ever.

  1. Start by boiling your canned chickpeas until they are super soft. Then drain off any liquid and let them cool for a few minutes.
  2. Add the soft chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and salt to your food processor and blend them together.
  3. Now slowly drizzle in about half a cup of cold water. Once the hummus is unbelievably creamy, it's ready to eat!

What ingredients are in hummus

Hummus is the Arabic word for chickpeas, so it's no surprise that they are the star of the show. The other hummus ingredients are:

  • Tahini
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic
  • Salt

I like to add a little ground cumin as I think it makes the hummus taste extra special. Also, adding some water will help thin the hummus and make it extra creamy.

Can I make hummus without tahini?

Technically, yes you can make hummus without tahini. But I wouldn't recommend it. Tahini is what transforms mashed chickpeas into hummus. It gives it the hummus flavor that you're looking for. It also adds another layer of creaminess.

If you don't have tahini on hand, you can substitute some extra olive oil, which will help boost the creaminess. A little drizzle of toasted sesame oil can boost the flavor of the hummus. Just be careful not to add too much as the flavor is potent.

Or if you have toasted sesame seeds and a high-powered blender, you can make your own tahini.

This is my favorite tahini. ← Not an affiliate link. We just really love the flavor!

Looking down on a plate of this homemade hummus recipe that's garnished with chickpeas and olive oil.

How long does hummus last in the fridge?

Homemade hummus lasts for 4-5 days in the fridge. Make sure to store it in a sealed container so it remains fresh.

Can you freeze hummus

Yes! Hummus freezes very well. Pack it in individual serving sizes in freezer containers and use it within 3 months.

A cucumber slice taking a scoop of the best hummus recipe.

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A close up shot of an easy hummus recipe with chickpeas and olive oil on top.

Easy Hummus Recipe

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

This easy hummus recipe is truly a favorite. We start by boiling canned chickpeas until they're super soft which makes the most luscious and creamy hummus ever. This hummus recipe is met by rave reviews every time. You'll love it!


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Ingredients

  • 2 15-ounce cans of chickpeas
  • 3/4 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 23 large garlic cloves, very finely minced
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Pour the chickpeas and the liquid in the cans into a small pot and bring it to a boil. Continue to boil for 15 mintues, adding water if the pot looks too dry. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Add the soft chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, salt, cumin, and garlic to a food processor. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Slowly drizzle in about a 1/2 cup of water. You may not need all of it. Once the hummus is super creamy, it's ready to eat.

Notes

Olive oil, paprika, and a few chickpeas make a pretty garnish.

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