The Best Homemade Hummus

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This life-changing homemade hummus is creamy, smooth, and fluffy and packed with a rich, nutty, and lemony flavor. It’s easy to make with minimal everyday ingredients and has a million different uses!
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 55 minutes
Soaking Time 8 hours
Total 1 hour
5 from 442 votes

I don’t say this lightly: this is the best homemade hummus recipe! It’s easy to make with a handful of ingredients and features an incredible texture and restaurant-quality flavors, just like my Beet Hummus. One try and, like thousands of other readers, you’ll never go back to store-bought hummus again!

I’ve been making homemade hummus for over 8 years now. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you don’t need to be a world-class chef to make the best homemade hummus. You just need a few quality ingredients and some tricks up your sleeve!

plate of creamy hummus with olive oil and herbs with pita bread

What is hummus?

Hummus (or “humus”, “houmous”, and “hommus”) is the Arabic word for “chickpeas”. It’s a naturally vegan dip or spread made primarily with cooked chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon, and salt; some versions also contain cumin.

Hummus has been a staple in many Middle Eastern countries for centuries. There’s actually quite a debate about who invented hummus and which countries can claim hummus as their own. If you’re interested in reading more, check out this article on who invented hummus and this article on hummus’s origins.

For more cultural and sociopolitical context, I also recommend the books of Palestinian food writer and historian, Reem Kassis (The Palestinian Table (2017) and The Arabesque Table (2021). The process and techniques I used have been largely influenced by three chefs—Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi, and Michael Solomonov—so be sure to check out their cookbooks if you want to learn even more!

plate of creamy hummus with olive oil and herbs with pita bread

Why this recipe works

Incredibly creamy and smooth.

If you’ve eaten store-bought hummus, then you’ve experienced its infamous stiff and gloopy texture. That is NOT what we want. Instead, hummus should be creamy, as well as somewhat loose and pliable.

A handful of good-quality ingredients and simple techniques are all you need to make the best homemade hummus. The texture of this hummus is extremely creamy and smooth, never gritty or chunky. That alone will have you reaching for more.

Life-changing flavors.

I have a long list of grievances with store-bought hummus but one of the biggest is the flavor (or lack thereof). It’s also usually served cold, which causes the nutty richness that makes hummus amazing to lie dormant.

As chef Michael Solomonov mentions in his cookbook Zahav (the titular name of his restaurant where hummus is the most popular dish on the menu):

“[Even the best store-bought hummus] requires certain additives to make it shelf-stable–most likely citric acid. These additives turn hummus sharp and sour–light years away from the dreamy qualities of fresh hummus.” – Chef Michael Solomonov

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Using fresh ingredients to make hummus from scratch helps you avoid those additives and flat flavors. Instead, each scoop is boldly nutty, lemony, and rich in flavor. It’s a life-changing experience. 

It’s just plain foolproof.

It may sound complicated, but making your own hummus is easier than you’d think. All of the ingredients are easy to find, and the dip comes together entirely in a food processor.

The recipe gets a little more complicated if you’re cooking dried chickpeas yourself (the method I recommend) but I will guide you through the process below.

plate of smooth creamy hummus topped with olive oil and lemon on marble backdrop

Ingredient notes

Labeled hummus ingredients laid out on a wooden cutting board.

Chickpeas

AKA garbanzo beans. You can use both canned and dried chickpeas to make hummus but for the very best hummus, I like to cook dried chickpeas myself.

Canned chickpeas come with a firmer texture, which can leave the hummus with a slightly chunky texture.

There is a solution to this, though! When using canned chickpeas, just simmer the drained chickpeas in a pot of boiling water with baking soda. This will soften them right up. See the FAQ section for more details.

Tip: Using canned chickpeas? Remember to save the aquafaba (the water in the can)! Use it to make banana bread, vegan aioli, frothy cocktails, vegan whipped cream, and so much more. 

Tahini

Tahini is a smooth and rich paste made from sesame seeds. It’s a primary ingredient in hummus and should never be left out. A  good-quality brand of tahini makes a HUGE difference because its flavor is so prominent in every bite.

Tip: Always use tahini from hulled sesame seeds (unhulled sesame seeds are usually bitter). Check out my suggested tahini brands in the FAQ section below. 

Lemon

Freshly squeezed lemon juice brightens up the rich, nutty, and savory flavors. Without it, the hummus would lack its distinguishable ‘pop’. 

Garlic

Some people (hi, me!) like their hummus quite garlicky. If you don’t love the sharpness of raw garlic, you can (1) use less garlic (start with 1 clove) or (2) quickly marinate the garlic cloves in a small bowl of the lemon juice. 

Salt

For flavor and to make everything taste like itself! 

Substitute: If using sea salt instead of the kosher salt called for in the recipe, you’ll need to use about half of the amount called for in the recipe, then adjust according to your desired taste.

Ice water

Water brings the hummus together. I learned from chefs Ottolenghi and Tamimi that ice water, in particular, makes the texture even creamier and gives it an almost fluffy, pillowy, and whipped consistency.

Step-by-step instructions

First, soak and cook the dried chickpeas if you haven’t done so already. Cook until very soft.

Or, if you’re using canned chickpeas, boil them in water with a little baking soda for a few minutes to help them soften.

Drain, then transfer to a food processor while still warm. Blend the chickpeas until you’re left with a thick puree.

Now add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, kosher salt, and pepper. Blend again and slowly stream in the ice water as the machine is running.

Once it’s smooth and creamy, give the hummus a taste and add more seasonings or lemon juice as needed.

Make the lemon-garlic topping before serving the hummus. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add the garlic and cook until it’s golden. Add the lemon zest and cook for another 30 seconds.

Transfer the lemon zest and garlic to a plate (reserve the oil) and add a sprinkle of salt on top.

Dress and serve the hummus. Spoon the hummus onto a large serving plate. Use the back of the spoon to make waves on the top and/or a well in the center. Add the garlic-lemon topping and finish with a drizzle of the reserved oil, chopped flat-leaf parsley, and paprika or Aleppo pepper. Enjoy!

Tips for making the best hummus 

To peel or not to peel? 

You will achieve the absolute dreamiest texture if the chickpea skins are peeled beforehand, but it isn’t a necessary step.

A lot of chickpea skins actually start to come off naturally after the chickpeas have been boiled with some baking soda. Just discard any loose skins. 

Hack for peeling chickpeas faster: Lay the cooked chickpeas on a paper towel. Use a second paper towel to rub them vigorously to help loosen the skins.

The chickpeas should be soft

You’ll know the chickpeas have been cooked to perfection when they feel very soft and can be easily squashed when pressed with a spoon/fork or pressed between your fingers.

If using canned chickpeas, it’s important to simmer them first so the hummus gets super smooth.

Serve hummus at room temperature (or warm) 

This way, you experience hummus the way it’s intended to be experienced and how it’s typically served across the Middle East—a luxuriously smooth dip with layers of rich, nutty, and savory flavors.

One way I keep the hummus warm is to make it with chickpeas that have been recently cooked. However, if you’ve pre-cooked and refrigerated your chickpeas, consider warming the chickpeas up in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes first

How to serve this hummus

  • One of the most popular ways to serve hummus here in the West is as an appetizer or snack. Make it a part of a grazing board, surrounded with pita bread or homemade naan, fresh-cut veggies, crackers, or pita chips for dipping.
  • In the Middle East, you’ll find hummus included as part of the main or side dishes during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s great on a mezze platter with falafel, tabbouleh, and tzatziki; use it as the base layer on a plate, then top with cooked beans and roasted veggies (similar to my Broccoli and Za’atar Chickpeas with Yogurt Sauce); or enjoy it with your favorite vegan protein, like Grilled Tofu Skewers.
  • Hummus is always a fantastic addition to Mediterranean grain bowls and can even be thinned out with water, lemon juice, or vinegar for an easy salad dressing.
  • Slather it onto a sandwich or in a stuffed pita with crumbled vegan feta, arugula or kale, cucumber, and pickled red onions.
  • Don’t forget the toppings! You can take hummus over the top with the fried garlic and lemon topping from this recipe. Or, to get it on the table faster, stick with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh parsley, sumac or paprika, pine nuts, Aleppo pepper, and/or za’atar on top.
plate of the best hummus with olive oil and herbs with pita bread

Frequently asked questions

Can I use canned chickpeas to make hummus?

The results won’t be quite as smooth but you can definitely make hummus with canned chickpeas.

In this recipe, you can substitute the dried chickpeas with 2 (15-ounce/425g) drained and rinsed cans.

While it’s easiest to just use a can of drained chickpeas to the food processor, the texture can be slightly chunky and not lusciously smooth. This is because, for hummus, you want super soft chickpeas that have fewer skins. And canned chickpeas are not super soft (they’re rather firm and great for salads/bowls and eating whole.

To remedy that, you can cook the canned chickpeas (even though they’re already cooked). Add them to a saucepan, cover with an inch or two of water, and add ½ teaspoon baking soda. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to maintain a rapid simmer for 20 minutes, or until the chickpeas start falling apart. Continue making the recipe as per the instructions at step 3 (draining the chickpeas and adding them to the food processor.

What tahini brands do you recommend?

My two favorite brands for tahini are Soom Foods and Seed + Mill. Soom Foods is easily available on Amazon. Seed + Mill is a smaller operation local to New York and sold at some Whole Foods; if you can find it, it’s liquid gold. 

For options that are a bit cheaper, Beirut Sesame Paste is quite good and the Whole Foods 365 brand is decent (affiliate links).

I don’t have a food processor. Can I use a blender instead?

Yes. A high-powered blender with a baton is best and will make the hummus super smooth. However, it’s pretty important to use a small-capacity blender, as there is very little liquid in the recipe. If you use a 64-ounce container, for instance, you’ll have trouble getting it to blend. 

How long does homemade hummus last?

It will stay fresh and creamy for up to 1 week in the fridge (but it’s best within 4 days). You can prevent it from drying out by storing it in an airtight container with a light layer of extra virgin olive oil on top. 

How do you serve leftover hummus? 

Allow it to come to room temperature, or warm it up. Warming it up loosens the texture, making it smoother. Simply add the amount of hummus you’d like to reheat to a saucepan, add a couple teaspoons of water, and stir constantly for a few minutes until warmed through. Or, heat it in the microwave in 10-second increments, stirring after each round.

Can you freeze hummus?

Yes, you can technically freeze hummus, though you’ll lose some of that irresistible texture. To freeze, transfer the hummus to an airtight container but leave some room at the top to allow for expansion. Thaw it in the fridge the day before consuming. 

Watch! How to make this hummus

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The Best Homemade Hummus

5 from 442 votes
This life-changing homemade hummus is creamy, smooth, and fluffy and packed with a rich, nutty, and lemony flavor. It’s easy to make with minimal everyday ingredients and has a million different uses!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Soaking Time 8 hours
Total Time: 1 hour
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 8 to 10

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (227g) dried chickpeas* (1 cup + 2 tbsp)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, divided
  • A generous ¾ cup (175-195g) good-quality tahini
  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped**
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, plus more to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 6 to 10 tablespoons ice water

Fried Garlic-Lemon Topping (Optional)

  • cup (80 mL) good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 4 to 6 strips of lemon peel, about 2 inches long (don't peel too deeply to avoid the white pith)
  • Flaky sea salt or kosher salt

Other Topping Options***

  • 1 handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Paprika, sumac, or Aleppo pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Soak the chickpeas. Add the chickpeas to a large bowl. Cover with cold water and ½ teaspoon baking soda. Soak for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse.
  • Cook the chickpeas. Add the drained chickpeas to a medium saucepan with ½ teaspoon baking soda and 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover the pot, and reduce the heat as needed to maintain a rapid simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
    Uncover the pot and add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Continue cooking for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chickpeas are very soft and smush when pressed with a spoon/fork or pressed between your fingers. Drain well.
  • Drain the chickpeas, then transfer to a food processor. Blend for 1-2 minutes until you have a smooth puree, scraping down the sides as you go.
  • To the food processor, add ¾ cup tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, 1 heaping teaspoon kosher salt, and pepper to taste. Blend, and with the motor running, stream in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time. After 6 tablespoons of ice water, evaluate the texture. If you want it to be looser, stream in more water, and continue blending until smooth and creamy. Once you reach your desired texture, taste for seasonings, adding more salt, garlic, cumin, or lemon juice as needed.
  • Make the topping. Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is warm (but not too hot), add the garlic and cook, swirling the pan or stirring frequently, for 2 to 2 ½ minutes, until the garlic just turns golden (don't wait until it browns).
    Add the lemon zest and cook for another 30 seconds. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the garlic and lemon zest to a plate and sprinkle with a bit of flaky sea salt. Reserve the oil.
  • Transfer the hummus to a large plate and use the back of a spoon to make waves or to make a well in the center. Spoon the garlic-lemon oil into the ridges or into the well. Top with the fried garlic and lemon zest. Top with chopped parsley and a few shakes of paprika.

Notes

*If using canned chickpeas, see the FAQ question titled “Can I use canned chickpeas to make hummus?”
**If you’re not a huge garlic person, start with 1 clove. After blending, taste and add more garlic as desired. 
***For more topping options, read the section “How to serve hummus.” 

Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg

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710 comments on The Best Homemade Hummus

  1. Cristianna J

    5 stars
    Had a old bag of chickpeas in the cabinet so i decided to try this out! Overall, the flavor was great, but I think due the age of my beans they needed to cook/soak longer. Unfortunately the hummus was a tiny bit gritty and i couldn’t get the smooth outcome shown in the video. Going to try again with new beans and maybe soak longer? But great and easy to follow recipe. My husband is happy with his hummus, so a win for me.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Cristianna, we appreciate the honest feedback! Yes, we’d suggest using fresh beans, soaking and cooking with baking soda and soaking for a longer period of time. We also recommend you use the ice water if you didn’t the last time! We’re happy to hear the hummus was tasty and hope the end result is perfect next time :)

  2. Krysten

    5 stars
    Favorite hummus recipe! I’ve made it a few times after watching the video. Paired it with naan bread I fire roasted on my gas stove. Best recipe everrrr!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for the lovely feedback, Krysten! :)

  3. Xiomy

    5 stars
    OMG, I could eat this all on its own. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      You’re very welcome, Xiomy! We’re thrilled you love the recipe!

  4. Anne

    5 stars
    Another on-point recipe from you, that I’ve now been making for over a year. I cook for a living and you’ve become a trusted resource when I need to feed a vegan/vegetarian. I don’t find hummus difficult, however yours is outstanding. Humbled me. Tried it because of the hilarious vid on insta where your parents/mom was impressed. What’s with lawyer chefs?? Tanya of My Forking Life is an attorney, too, and her (meaty-sorry! lol) recipes are absolute fire as well.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Anne, thanks for such a thoughtful review! It is great to hear you truly enjoy the recipes :) This hummus is a favorite of mine too!

  5. Arlene Schwarz

    5 stars
    This turned out very well. It is delicious, but for my tastes I needed to add more ice water, and more garlic,cumin and lemon.
    Thank you for the recipe. We really enjoyed it.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Arlene, we’re happy you enjoyed the hummus. And with a dip like this, always feel free to add a bit more of any ingredient to fit your taste preferences!

  6. Bridget McCurry

    5 stars
    In the video you mentioned that you had listed your preferred brands of tahini but I couldn’t find them. Can you tell me which ones you like?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Bridget, we like Soom Foods, Seed and Mill, Whole foods 365, Baron’s or Beirut.

      1. Bridget McCurry

        Thanks!!! Happy holidays!

        1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

          You’re welcome! Happy holidays, Bridget!

  7. Maria

    5 stars
    Absolutely smooth and delicious! Definitely worth the extra time added to soak and boil dried garbanzo beans.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Maria, Thank you for your thoughtful review! We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed the hummus.

  8. Marla Goldwasser

    5 stars
    This hummus recipe was not only easy to make, it was the best hummus I have ever made. In my house, the crowds went wild. Thank you so much for an amazing recipe!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Woohoo, that’s awesome to hear, Marla! :) Thanks for trying the hummus and leaving a lovely review!

  9. Jacqueline

    5 stars
    This hummus recipe is unbelievably good and so easy to make. I’ll never buy hummus from the grocery store ever again.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      I agree this hummus is a game changer, Jacqueline! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review :)

  10. Margot

    5 stars
    I cannot even count anymore how many times I have made this recipe. Always a hit. I’ve made it for friends and family, but … I mostly make it for myself. Because it is such an indulgent yet healthy treat. Thanks Nisha!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Same, Margot! A world-class recipe for sure :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  11. Betsy Schroeder

    5 stars
    Made this hummus as an appetizer for Thanksgiving and it was delicious! Everyone loved it. The addition of the fried garlic and lemon peel on top was amazing. I am thinking of it now and wishing I had leftovers!! I will be making this again very soon :)

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Yum! We’re happy the recipe was a hit, Betsy! This recipe is a favorite of mine as well :)

  12. Barbara

    5 stars
    Best hummus ever!! The lemon garlic topping takes it to another level 😋

    Instead of soaking overnight, I cooked the chickpeas in my instant pot: 45 min high pressure, 10 min natural release, then 10 min manual release. The chickpeas came out perfectly!!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hey Barbara! Wow, I can feel your enthusiasm about this recipe through the screen! Love it!

  13. Michelle

    5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! Of course. You are my go-to recipe pro for all things vegan. We’ve been making this recipe weekly for a few weeks. We lick the bowl dry. So tasty and smooth. The only store brand I (moderately) like is Sabra. This recipe makes Sabra taste like overpriced bad pasty processed beans.

    We’ve made this recipe with canned chickpeas and dried beans. Both versions are winners, though dry bean version is our preference. We follow the recipe with a few minor changes: I add 1-2 extra garlic cloves, omit the topping, and use bottled lemon juice. I spread this vegan caviar on air fried potato slices. I could live on this. Bye, bye, Sabra! Thanks for another fantastic recipe.

  14. Heather F

    I am so excited to try this. Unfortunately, I only have 1 brand of tahini to use… we will see how it works! Your video was my favorite! Your mom and dad are so cute!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We can’t wait for you to try it either, Heather! You’ll have to let us know how it goes, it’s one of my favorite recipes here on RPL!

  15. Ola

    5 stars
    Just made this and it’s absolutely delicious! The garlic and lemon drizzle takes it to the next level – I was going to skip that part for now but really glad I didn’t. It’s definitely worth the extra couple of minutes. I definitely won’t be buying ready made hummus from now on and I can see it saving me so much money over the long run, especially as I’m planning to also have a go at making my own tahini. I can also see myself experimenting with adding different ingredients (herbs, fried onions etc…) to the hummus to make different flavoured versions. I don’t normally enjoy different versions of store bought hummus – I only ever buy plain now – but I have a feeling they would be a lot nicer when made from scratch at home using this recipe as a starting point.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Ola, we’re so happy to hear you had success with the recipe! In our opinion storebought tahini is much better than homemade but we’d be interested to hear how yours turns out. Thanks for the review!

  16. Annie

    5 stars
    This was my first time making hummus and it turned out amazing! The taste is unreal compared to store bought. I put my hummus on a crusty piece of bread and topped it with scrambled tofu and pickled peppers. It was amazing! This will definitely be my go to hummus recipe from now on. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      That sounds like a combination made in heaven, Annie! We’re so happy you finally got a chance to try this recipe, I agree making hummus at home is 100% worth it!

  17. Jennifer

    5 stars
    The texture is sublime! I split the recipe and added caramelized onions in the other part for diversity since it’s just ME eating all this! Good timing to ask if you can freeze this and thaw with the same tasty results?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Happy to hear you loved the hummus, Jennifer! :)

      And as for freezing, you can technically freeze hummus, though you’ll lose some of that irresistible texture. To freeze, transfer the hummus to an airtight container but leave some room at the top to allow for expansion. Thaw it in the fridge the day before consuming.

  18. Kelsie

    5 stars
    This hummus recipe is so delicious! I will definitely be making this recipe again.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Woohoo, we’re thrilled to hear it, Kelsie! This recipe is on repeat in my household as well :)

  19. Priyanka

    5 stars
    Wonderful recipe.

    It was my first time making hummus and this recipe didn’t disappoint. The hummus was just perfect

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Woohoo, we’re so happy to hear it, Priyanka!

  20. Anna Shaw

    4 stars
    I tried to open this recipe on my phone and after ten minutes of trying to navigate it through soooo many ads, it was not doable. Great recipe but soooooo endlessly frustrating to look at anywhere but a computer!

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