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Homemade Hummus Recipe

Updated on April 22, 2013

Make Hummus and Save Money

I love my homemade hummus recipe. If you've never tried hummus, Merriam-Webster defines hummus thusly:

n. a paste of pureed chickpeas usually mixed with sesame oil or sesame paste and eaten as a dip or sandwich spread

So, basically, hummus is simply cooked chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, that have been ground to a pulp with some wonderful goodies added in for flavor. Hummus is a wonderful spread on bread or crackers or can even be eaten as a dip.

I usually buy hummus, but today, even with it on sale, a small container was $1.99. I'm so tight I squeak, so I decided to try making my own hummus. I bought a can of garbanzo beans (no salt added) for 79 cents and added the rest of the ingredients from my cupboards. Check out my homemade hummus recipe below.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Ingredients for homemade hummus.
Ingredients for homemade hummus.

My Homemade Hummus Recipe

Measurements are optional!

SInce this was my first attempt at making hummus, I got an idea of what to add by reading some online recipes. Then I proceeded to wing it. I added in some ingredients that sounded like they'd taste good together.

I recommend you try making your own version, adding spices that you like.

~ 1 can garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas)

~ juice of one lemon

~ 1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce works fine too)

~ 1 tablespoon olive oil

~ 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

~ 1/2 teaspoon sweet curry powder

Drain the garbanzo beans almost completely. Pour them into the blender with the remaining liquid.

Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for a couple of minutes until the hummus is the desired consistency. I like mine slightly chunky.

Taste it and then add more seasoning if needed.

Scoop into a bowl and pour 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over top. I've also bought hummus that has diced green olives on top. Now, that is delicious.

Eat right away or refrigerate covered in an airtight container. Keeps a few days.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

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Hummus and toast strips. So easy and a nice change from hummus and crackers. Toast your bread, cut into strips, and dip into your hummus.Enjoy your veggies more with a nice hummus dip.Hummus salad. Serve a dollop of hummus with small baby lettuce leaves for easy dipping. Delicious!
Hummus and toast strips. So easy and a nice change from hummus and crackers. Toast your bread, cut into strips, and dip into your hummus.
Hummus and toast strips. So easy and a nice change from hummus and crackers. Toast your bread, cut into strips, and dip into your hummus.
Enjoy your veggies more with a nice hummus dip.
Enjoy your veggies more with a nice hummus dip.
Hummus salad. Serve a dollop of hummus with small baby lettuce leaves for easy dipping. Delicious!
Hummus salad. Serve a dollop of hummus with small baby lettuce leaves for easy dipping. Delicious!

Flavored Hummus

Make homemade hummus in your favorite flavor

Flavored hummus is a great way to break up the monotony by adding spices and chopped vegetables that you enjoy. Try these flavors in a batch of homemade hummus:

- Mexican (use cilantro, cumin, chili powder, and oregano for a spicy Mexican hummus)

- Italian (try several of these spices: oregano, basil, rosemary, sage, and fennel)

- Sweet and Nice (select some sweet spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and honey)

- Asian (typical Asian spices like ginger, curry, cinnamon, pepper, anise, and hot mustard combine for an Asian-inspired hummus)

- Greek hummus (add crumbled feta cheese, olives, olive oil, oregano, and thyme)

Flavored Hummus - for when you need a zip to your dip

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    • AustraliaMove profile image

      AustraliaMove 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. Now I dont need to buy them ready made anymore:)

    • Deadicated LM profile image

      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your recipe; there's nothing like homemade.

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image

      Gayle 

      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      I have only had hummus when we went to Greece. I applaud your creative spirit to try to make your own!

    • Joyce Mann profile image

      Joyce T. Mann 

      6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I LOVE hummus. Thanks for the great recipe lns.

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      Terrie_Schultz 

      6 years ago

      I love hummus!

    • traveller27 profile image

      traveller27 

      6 years ago

      Back for a second peek - I love hummus!

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      AngryBaker 

      6 years ago

      yum!

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image

      hntrssthmpsn 

      6 years ago

      Yum! I'm totally addicted to hummus, and can easily go through a Costco hummus purchase before it's in any danger of expiration. Being somewhat on the "squeaky" side myself, it's high time I took a stab at making my own.

    • Holysheepskin LM profile image

      Holysheepskin LM 

      6 years ago

      Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is my very favorite!

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Have to try this. Thanks for adding this to my Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection lens.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      never try it but it looks lovely

    • Diane Cass profile image

      Diane Cass 

      7 years ago from New York

      I adore hummus. Though, my favorite hummus recipe is decidedly UN-healthily, as it includes cream cheese, but it is SO GOOD!

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      traveller27 

      7 years ago

      I love hummus with pita bread - nice lens!

    • DreamsBloom profile image

      DreamsBloom 

      7 years ago

      My sister and I have just recently been talking about various hummus recipes. Will have to try this one too. Especially since my mom has been buying store-bought hummus a lot recently. It would be nice to find a homemade version that she would like.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: Thanks so much, Virginia, for the Squid Angel blessing! This stuff really is easy to make at home.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm back to bless this page. Just yesterday I had hummus appetizer with pita bread trianges and some carrot and celery sticks for $3.95 in a restaurant. Very tasty, but I kept thinking I could make this at home with that recipe from Squidoo.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Sniff It Out: I don't own any tahini, that's why I don't add it! I may or may not buy some. I like it just fine without!

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      Sniff It Out 

      7 years ago

      I never had much success making my own hummus, to me the shop bought stuff tasted much nicer. But I did make a great hummus with coriander (cilantro) and lemon when I left out the tahini paste. I notice your recipe doesn't use tahini either so I will probably try a few of the combinations you suggest.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Harshitha LM: Hummus is so easy to make. Try it!

    • Harshitha LM profile image

      Harshitha LM 

      7 years ago

      You have made it look so easy to make.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Love hummus, but when I buy it there's usually too much garlic in it for my tastes. I like the idea of making it myself, so I can control the amounts of flavorings. I didn't know it was so easy to make. Great lens!

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      hsschulte 

      7 years ago

      I have never made hummus. I buy it from the store and love it. I do recall reading that chickpeas have a nutrient that I never seem to get enough of in my diet, so they are very healthy in that respect. Thanks for the recipe! I'll be trying to do this myself.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have a friend who loves Hummus so will be sharing this with her. Thanks.

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      GramaBarb 

      7 years ago from Vancouver

      I love hummus! Great lens.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Love Hummus...first tried it at my daughter's house. I was really not expecting to like it, but surprise! I did. Thanks for these hints on making it homemade. I love your comment about being "so tight," reminds me of a family member. Thanks for sharing.

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      gottaloveit2 

      7 years ago

      I love hummus and always add just a bit of tahini (sesame paste) to it. Yum! Nice lens Peggy

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: I've never used tahini, Lori. Will have to give it a try.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Virginia Allain: It was very easy, Virginia. I was surprised. I think this will become a staple around here as I experiment with new flavors to make hummus.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I've had hummus at some parties and loved it. How nice to know that it is easy to make. Healthy too!

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