Hummus is one of those foods that is easy to pick up at a grocery store and not really give it a second thought. That’s what I did for a long time until I decided to explore Lebanese food a little more.  Years ago, my family would get take-out from a local Lebanese deli and since then I have loved that food.  Since I had been craving Lebanese food I decided to make my own version of the deli’s menu.

Hummus is so simple; I couldn’t believe I had never made it before!  All you need is a blender or food processor, 2 cans of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice.  Tahini is just a paste of ground sesame seeds and can be found at asian stores or whole foods.  Now that I have made hummus it would be tough to go back to store-bought!

(makes about 4 cups)
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  • 2 15 oz. cans chickpeas, juice from one can reserved
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 2 lemons, juice
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • dash paprika, for garnish


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, chili flakes, salt, and cumin.
  2. Gradually add in the reserved chickpea liquid, blending until smooth.
  3. Add the lemon juice and blend.
  4. Pour into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and a dash of paprika.

10 Thoughts on “Hummus

  1. made it, amazing!

  2. Looks great!
    Now experiment with different beans and seasonings :-)
    I make for example a mediterranean kidney bean dip with lemon zest, herbs, chili, garlic…or a white bean dip with spinach or …

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  4. Danette on March 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm said:

    Super Yummy. I couldn’t find my usual hummus recipe…so I hurried and searched on pinterest! Yours caught my eye. And now I am enjoying and have satisfied my craving for it with your recipe!!!! Yummy, love it, thanks!

  5. can you make it for me ? I am too lazy

  6. Devora on April 24, 2013 at 9:25 am said:

    Is it 1/3 c tahini powder or the tahini already made?

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