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Serving bowl filled with smooth, creamy homemade hummus, garnished with olive oil and sesame seeds, surrounded by crackers.
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Smooth and Creamy Homemade Hummus

The ONLY recipe you need for perfectly smooth, ultra-creamy homemade hummus. It's so easy to make with just a handful of ingredients: chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and a touch of seasoning.


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice from 1-2 lemons
  • 6 tbsp. tahini stirred well
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil plus a bit extra for drizzling
  • 1 (14 oz) can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • pinch cayenne pepper


  • Measure water in a small liquid measuring cup, and add the lemon juice to combine. In a separate measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the tahini and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add the chickpeas, garlic, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper to the bowl of a food processor and process until almost fully ground, about 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. With the machine running again, add the water and lemon juice mixture in a steady stream through the feed tube. Continue to process for 1 minute, then, with the machine still running, pour the olive oil and tahini mixture through the feed tube. Continue to process until the hummus is smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed.
  • Hummus can be served immediately, but will taste even better after 30 minutes or so, to give the flavors time to blend. Drizzle a little more olive oil on top when serving, and garnish as desired.


  • Storage: Hummus keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container for at least 4 days. When ready to eat, drizzle the top with olive oil and serve.
  • Garnish: In these photos, the hummus is garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, toasted sesame seeds, chia seeds, a sprinkling of cumin, and a tiny bit of cracked black pepper. We love it this way! You could also garnish with extra chickpeas, fresh parsley or cilantro, paprika, or other spices - the sky’s the limit!
  • Flavor Variations: Try adding roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, basil or other fresh herbs. Hummus is a wonderful canvas for any other flavors you want to add, so experiment and add what appeals to you!
  • Yield: This recipe yields about 1 heaping cup of prepared hummus. The nutrition information below is an estimate for a small serving of about 1.5 tablespoons.
  • Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 66kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Sodium: 82mg, Potassium: 37mg, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 1.7mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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