ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Food and Cooking»
  • Starter & Snack Recipes

How To Make Homemade Hummus Recipe

Updated on August 24, 2012
Homemade Hummus
Homemade Hummus | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 50 min
Yields: 6-8

Hummus is Arabic for “chickpeas” (they are also known as garbanzo beans). Hummus, along with other ethnically / culturally diverse foods, has become more popular in America in the last decade or so. This is because the interest in more healthy alternatives to meals has grown. Also, multi-cultural recipes and different ingredients have become more readily available throughout the country (some are even being grown here now). Many of the foods are similar to more Americanized or well-known dishes. Hummus is a bread spread or dip that is made with a mixture of chickpeas, garlic and a traditional Tahini sauce (a Middle-Eastern white sauce). Hummus is healthier than some of the more common, heavier dips (onion dip, nacho cheese or pinto bean dip). It is a good alternative if you want a dip for a party that isn’t as high in calories or cholesterol.

Cast your vote for Hummus
Some Basic Ingredients: Fresh chickpeas, red bell pepper, yellow onion
Some Basic Ingredients: Fresh chickpeas, red bell pepper, yellow onion | Source


  • 16 oz. Chickpeas / Garbonzo beans, fresh, dried or canned
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, washed, seeded and sliced or chopped
  • 1 Yellow Onion, peeled and sliced or chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1-2 teaspoons Garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, (a pinch)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, (a pinch)
  • 1/8 teapsoon red pepper, (a pinch)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, for re-seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, for re-seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons Whole Wheat Flour or Cornmeal, to thicken (amount depends on thickness preference)
Fresh chickpeas, removed from the pod
Fresh chickpeas, removed from the pod | Source


  1. A) If you are using the dried chickpeas (garbonzo beans), the directions on the package should be similar to soaking the beans overnight in a bowl of water (some directions may vary, so follow those if they differ from this step). This step helps rehydrate the beans.
  2. B) If you are using canned garbonzo beans / chickpeas, they should be soaked and moist already, so simply drain them (You DO NOT need to cook these, but you will still need to cook the onion and the pepper).
  3. C) If you are using fresh chickpeas /garbonzo beans, you will need to remove them from the pods and wash them (I included a photo of fresh ones in the pods and removed from them).
  4. You can chop or slice the red bell pepper and yellow onion (you can even dice them if you wish). They will be ground up in a food processor after cooking so the piece size does not really matter.
  5. Place the beans / chickpeas, chopped onion, and chopped red bell pepper in a meduim pot and cover with roughly 4-6 cups of water (enough to cover all the ingredients.
  6. Add the bay leaf, pinch of salt, pinch of crushed red pepper flake, and pinch of black pepper (you can use whole peppercorn for this, but you should fish them out of the mix after the cooking is done, or you can use a little cloth cooking pouch to put them in while they are cooking).
  7. Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  8. Cook for one and a half (1 1/2) hours until chickpeas are tender.
  9. Drain chickpeas, pepper and onion using a collander. (Try to get as much moisture off of the ingredients as you can, since they will be blended together you don't need any excess liquid.)
  10. Place the peas, onion and pepper in a food processor.
  11. Add the lemon juice, flour (or cornmeal), garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. NOTE: Add 1 tablespoon of flour first, blend and then add more if it not as thick as you like. Do the same with the garlic, depending on how much garlic you like.
  12. Blend (or pulse) until it is well blended and a thick texture (think of bean dip consistency).
  13. Taste and re-season if needed.
  14. Serve with pita bread, naan bread or even corn chips.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Edgar Arkham profile image

      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      I hope you enjoy the recipe, thanks for reading! I'll take a lot @ your recipe.

    • Top Rated Recipes profile image

      Top Rated Recipes 5 years ago

      I've only recently began eating hummus, so I have not yet made my own hummus at home. I am eager to try this recipe, and I'll come back to give it my rating and feedback. Feel free to check out some of my recipes.

    • Edgar Arkham profile image

      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reading. Hummus has a basic recipe, so you can always add other flavors to it; it's very versatile.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for these details on making hummus. This is a food I want to do more experimenting with and use more of on a weekly basis.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)