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Basic Hummus Recipe

Basic Hummus Recipe

This Basic Hummus recipe (pronounced HOOM-uhs) is a breeze to make, especially with an immersion blender. It’s made with only a handful of ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand. It’s super smooth and creamy and can be adjusted to suit any taste. Having a container of hummus in the fridge is a great way to get your daily serving of beans.


Serve hummus with grilled meats, warmed pitas, as a sandwich spread in place of mayo, or as a dip for veggies – try this dip that an old friend introduced me to. To get the best flavour, serve hummus warm or at room temperature, not straight out of the fridge.


Traditional hummus is made with chickpeas, a.k.a garbanzo beans. It’s seasoned with lots of lemon and garlic and made rich from the tahini paste.


If you’re looking for tahini paste, look in the international aisle at the grocery store. Tahini is a thick paste made from ground sesame seeds and has the consistency of natural peanut butter. Just like natural peanut butter has the tendency to separate, so does tahini paste. If this happens, store it upside down in the fridge to help the oil mix with the ground sesame seeds.


Have fun with this basic hummus recipe! If you like a really garlicky hummus, add more garlic or add a spritz more of lemon juice to give it zip. Try adding a little ground cumin for warmth or a little extra virgin olive oil for richness.  Regardless of what flavours you add, this is a great recipe to work with as a base. Other flavours you can add to your hummus: roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, pomegranate seeds, parsley, chipotle, dill, etc.

Basic Hummus

Total Time: 40 minutes

Basic Hummus


1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained (or 2 cups of cooked chickpeas)
¼ cup tahini
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 fully juiced lemon)
3 tablespoons warm water (plus extra for thinning, see tip)
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
½ teaspoon salt


  1. Place all the ingredients in a high-sided container, food processor, or blender. Blend the ingredients until smooth, about 5 minutes.
  2. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  3. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes before serving.

Basic Hummus Recipe Tips:

  • I use an immersion blender to make this Basic Hummus recipe.  It makes clean up a breeze – plus, you can store the hummus in the container that it gets blended in. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can make this recipe in a food processor or blender.
  • Use tablespoon by tablespoon of warm water to thin out the hummus.
  • Hummus can be made ahead and stored covered in the fridge. Just try to take it out of the fridge 30 before serving to make it more flavourful.


Basic Hummus made using an immersion blender

One comment

  1. I love your recipes, they are so simple and make sense, I am making hummus tonight!