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Hummus? Homemade vs Deli made - BIG difference

Updated on August 3, 2012

You no longer have to eat paste!!

I’m not one to turn my nose up at most foods; I do enjoy trying different foods now and then. Of course old stand-by’s can be used in a pinch and are ones I rely on most often. There was one food that was eluding me consistently – Hummus. I’d heard about it from several people and certainly did want to try it.

It didn’t look too appealing in the deli section of the grocery stores that I visited; in fact it sort of looked like baby food with something dropped in the center. There were several different kinds of Hummus to choose from each one looking pretty much the same with something different stuck in the middle all squashed looking.

Each time I’d pass by just knowing that this would be the day I picked a container for myself and each time I’d pass on it, just because “What if it tastes icky?” Finally my daughter could take my hesitation no longer and bought some for me along with the recommended pita chips. I brought it home and looked at it once or twice before finally cracking the seal on it. With anticipation I opened my pita chips and dug in. I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t what I got that is for sure.

It first was flavorless, then rather dry and sticky. I thought ok, maybe another taste. So I dug in again, just waiting for something to ‘burst’ in my mouth that resembled some sort of flavor. It wasn’t really nasty; it was kind of like eating paste. I just wasn’t into eating paste these days I guess. I think the last time I tried that was in the second grade.

Try - try again!!

Still I didn’t want to give up on my quest for Hummus! Knowing the main ingredient for Hummus, I bought some canned chick peas (some folks like to call them garbanzo beans). I’ve had them for years and knew they were tasty in soups and salads. I was going to make my own Hummus!!

So for several months those chick peas sat on my pantry shelf just waiting for the day that I was going to crack them open in bravery and make some Hummus. Apparently all the moons were aligned in proper order because today was the day!! I was stocked up on all sorts of goodies to go into my Hummus no matter what I needed I was sure to have it.

I clicked on my trusty Google symbol, typed in Hummus recipes and hit the first thing that popped up, I was on a roll! As every good cook knows one first must read the recipe to check for ingredients.

What the heck is Tahini? I knew without a doubt I did not have that, but maybe I could make it? I looked it up ‘Sunflower seeds and olive oil’ – “it’s an acquired taste” the recipe says. Well, I didn’t have sunflower seeds and I wasn’t looking to acquire yet another taste, I just wanted some Hummus. So I decided to leave it out.

I had most of the rest of the ingredients that the recipe called for I just didn’t quite like the way they were put together. So in my normal fashion, I changed the recipe. Here is what I came up with.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 2 Cups

This is what you will need to make your very own Hummus – Blender or food processor, frying pan, rubber spatula, strainer, measuring utensils, knife, wooden spoon.


  • 1 - 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, (drained but reserve liquid)
  • 1 lime juiced, (to make it easier I roll it, cut in in half and stick a fork in it while turning)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • Olive oil, Several TBSP
  • 1/2 tsp Basil and Garlic mix, (McCormick ‘Perfect Pinch’)
  • Salt to taste (½ tsp.)
  • ½ tomato - chopped
  1. Drain garbanzo beans, chop garlic.
  2. Melt butter in frying pan add garlic and Garbanzo beans, toss (using wooden spoon) until lightly browned (take care not to burn garlic!!) this will only take about 5 – 8 minutes.
  3. Squeeze lime into blender, add Garbanzo beans and garlic. Start up the blender (pulse works fine) add ¼ cup to start of reserved liquid, add a TBSP or 2 of olive oil, salt and ‘Perfect Pinch’. Keep blending until smooth (you may have to stop from time to time to scrap down the sides with rubber spatula and adding a little more liquid and olive oil until very smooth and creamy (not too much you don’t want a liquid!!). It should be a thick consistency that will hold up nicely on your chip of choice.
  4. Put some on a small plate top with a few chopped tomatoes and using your pita chips or in my case, tortilla chips - enjoy!!
Cast your vote for Hummus

Yeah - It was that good!

I would have a picture of this delicious concoction except… well, I ate it before deciding to write about it. Maybe next time? Yeah, it was that good.

Just kidding!! I managed to save a little bit for the picture!!


I'm on my way to making different flavors!

I’m not certain what made the difference, maybe browning the Garbanzo beans? It did make it a very lovely color and with that hint of green specs (from the basil) it was much prettier to look at than what the stores offered. All I know is that now I have tried Hummus, I will be making it again and again for my family get-togethers.

I’m thinking that next time I may try adding some chives to my Hummus as well!!

Now that I have given Hummus a second try I think that the possiblilites are almost endless!!


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      Patricia Scott 5 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Your recipe sounds delightful. My friend got me hooked on hummus and we often make it together. Her recipe yields a delightful texture and flavor that is heavenly. Just can hardly get enough of it.

      We will have to try yours too. Thanks for sharing Angels are on the way this morning ps

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Oh you are most welcome!! Yes, I really do like to try new things and if I can, improve on them. I do hope you get the chance to try it. The night I made it I told my daughter how good it was and couldn't decide if I wanted ice cream or hummus for dessert!!

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the recipe. I like your attitude. If you don't like what you see or taste, you fix it; not condemn it. I also prefer homemade and hopefully I'll get around to trying your recipe.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      EXCELLENT!! The flavor seems to pop when made fresh that is for sure! The chick peas seem to be the base, kind of like sour cream is for chip dips. I guess now that I figured that out I can adjust the ingredients to what I am serving it with.

      Happy mixing!!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I have never even thought about making hummus-What a great idea and I would definitely add chives. I would also add the onion part of the green onion for added flavor. I'll make it and tell you what I think but I know it's gonna be good with all these nummy ingredients.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ drbj - LOL I love your poetry! I sure wish I could respond in kind! All I can say is if you like garlic, you will like this!!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I've never eaten hummus - I won't tell you any lie.

      But now I have your recipe, susie, to keep till the day I die.

      And maybe even try it one day!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Lipnancy _ You are very welcome!! I hope you like it!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Wesley Meacham - Oh heck yeah! I love cooking and changing things up. I've combined recipes and created new dishes with that. It's too much fun experimenting with foods.

      Go ahead - Give it a whirl!! You won't regret it!!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I love homemade hummus. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Wesley Meacham 5 years ago from Wuhan, China

      This is interesting. I've always loved Greek and middle eastern foods. Hummus has been one of my favorites for years. I've never tried to make it at home though. Just never thought about it. Never had it from a deli either though. Now that I think about it, I've only ever had hummus in restaurants. I love experimenting with things though and from reading this hub, and the comments, I can see that you do too.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Bubba - Wow, Disney World!! Who'da thought? What is the favorite flavor you use in your's? I really enjoyed using the tortilla chips to eat it with as well.

      I'm thinking of trying something different (maybe today!) It would be more along the lines of a dessert type Hummus, by adding peanut butter and a sweetener of some sort. Toasting pita bread with butter and cinnamon and sugar. It wouldn't be traditional Hummus, but might be a good dip!! We'll see!!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ Gloshei - You can bet I won't try store bought any more!! I'm going to try making different flavors as well. I really want to use sun-dried tomatoes in a batch, those by themselves are awesome so I can only imagine the flavor they'd add!

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      Bubba Jasper 5 years ago from The Lone Star State

      I also love making my own hummus! It is a keeper as far as I am concerned! Had my first taste at DisneyWorld in Orlando of all places! Great stuff!

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      I love Hummus especially my own, glad you gave it a try I bet you won't buy the shop kind again. If you like spice add some chilli powder or curry paste only a little though.

      Good luck.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ tarasrecipe - Uh oh!! What did I miss besides the sesame seeds? Lemon I bet!! I didn't have any lemons, only limes handy. I had bought a big bag of them to make a lime cheesecake for a friend and still had a few left over. So sesame seeds is a must? Darn!!

      I stand corrected!! I Will find some Tahini and add it the next time I make it. But I have to know... what else did I miss?? LOL

      Ok, maybe it isn't Hummus darn it!! But it is REALLY good!! And sort of looks like Hummus... Maybe we could call it "Different Hummus"? LOL

      Thanks so much for stopping by!! Thanks for the lovely compliment as well.

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      @ DzyMsLizzy - Give it a whirl!! I'm gonna find out from tapasrecipe (below you) what I am missing besides sesame seeds!! I hope I didn't misread the recipe!! Or maybe I was so enamored with my own concoction that I was too excited and just got it wrong.

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      tapasrecipe 5 years ago from Spanish tapas land

      Lol, just visited your hub, love the little fish how cool are they

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      tapasrecipe 5 years ago from Spanish tapas land

      Hi Sweetsusieg,

      love your writing style for your hubs

      I think what you have made is probably a lovely dip which i will try for sure but having lived in the middle east for, ,,,, well a while, and travelled extensively i can assure you Hummus traditionally only has four ingredients, you can add to them, but to be hummus it has to have most of those four in, and two are not in your recipe, also perhaps google made a mistake but tahini is always made from sesame seeds, not sunflower seeds. Carrie

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Excellent. I do like hummus, and the versions available at Trader Joe's are better than the big supermarket varieties.

      That said, I, too, have a can of garbanzo beans (sometimes also called "ceci" beans--Italian) in the pantry waiting for the mood to strike me to attempt my own.

      Voted up, useful, and wishing for that elusive "delicious" button....

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you! I certainly will, it truly was scrumptious! I am excited to try different flavors with it, I think garbanzo beans will become a staple on my pantry shelf from now on!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I grew up eating homemade hummus (mom) minus the tahini and fresh baked pita bread (dad) and I've always been a fan of it. I've purchased ready made from my grocers and I really like it. It's reasonably priced and the assorted flavors make it extra tempting. Your recipe looks tempting also! Enjoy your new found delicacy:)

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome!! I hope you get the chance to! I did read a recipe for peanut butter Hummus but I'm not sure that I could eat it with garlic (as the recipe called for). I might like it if it was sweetened and served with apple slices... Mmmmm... ok now I think I may have to come up with a recipe for that....

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Actually, I've had some really great hummus from a certain grocery store. That's all I've tried, except from other's people's recipes. Yours sounds good. I don't think you're missing anything without the Tahini. It had a peanut flavor to me, which I didn't care for. So, I would recommend to save the expense. I'll have to try your recipe the next time I try to make hummus!

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      Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

      I usually opt for homemade as well unless I'm in a pinch. Had I known how good this was going to be I'd have made it first! I will say this is fairy garlicy though. one must LOVE garlic!! Toasting it the way I did sort of toned it down as well.

      So, I ended up eating my 'picture' plate.... I know I am not going to want dinner now! Very delish for sure!!

      Now that I added up all the stuff I'd say that this batch cost less than $2 to make as well! So if you decide to try it, heck all you'd be out is $2 max! (that is IF you don't like it!) LOL

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Susie...I don't especially care much for hummus, but several in my family I appreciate this recipe.

      Whenever possible...I always opt for "home made". It is so rare that anything commercially made, processed and packaged, can compare at all to something home made.....don't you think?

      If it's actually MADE AT THE PARTICULAR DELI, FRESH DAILY, then there might be a chnace it's close to home made.....but, 9 times of 10, all foods in a deli case have been shipped to them in bulk quantities....

      Home made is always best, if you have the time and desire. This sounds yummy. I might even change my mind about hummus!

      Thanks again!!