The BEST Hummus Recipe

This is the BEST Hummus recipe that’s not only fast and easy, it’s also super creamy and delicious. Made from a handful of fresh ingredients, including chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin and garlic, it comes together in less than 3 minutes in your Vitamix.

Of course, you can make hummus in a food processor as well, but it’s ultra creamy when made in your Vitamix (and that’s my preferred method).

Hummus recipe on a plate.

Hummus, oh how I love thee. I love hummus in all the different flavor variations, including roasted red pepper, roasted beet, green hummus, roasted cauliflower hummus, artichoke, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomato, basil pesto and more.

But there’s nothing quite like the classic hummus recipe. It’s versatile, delicious and can be used as a dip or spread in just about anything. And homemade hummus? Well that’s just the freshest, tastiest hummus you’ve ever eaten. Once you make it, you’ll never go back to store-bought. Promise.

Watch How Easy it is to Make Hummus

Even though hummus is easy to make, I recommend watching my quick video below as it walks you through the process step-by-step. Give it a watch!

The Health Benefits of Hummus

Chickpeas are wonderful for gut health as they’re loaded with fiber and keep things moving through your digestive system (in other words, they help with constipation). But here’s the really good part. The type of fiber they’re loaded with is insoluble fiber – the kind that helps to lower “bad” cholesterol while feeding the “good” gut bugs in your microbiome.

That’s because insoluble fiber doesn’t break down until it hits the large intestine. And when it does hit the large intestine, those good gut bugs feed off the insoluble fiber, creating short-chain-fatty-acids, giving you energy and protecting the health of your colon.

Taking a scoop of the hummus recipe.

Fresh Chickpeas vs Canned Chickpeas

When it comes to hummus you’ll have purists say that properly soaked chickpeas should be used over canned for the best, most traditional flavor. And they may be right. But I’ve tried this recipe both ways and the difference was negligible. Therefore, I tend to opt for canned as it’s easier.

Should You Make Hummus in a Food Processor or Blender?

You can make hummus in either a food processor or high-powered blender, but I find that homemade hummus in my Vitamix comes out faster and smoother than a food processor.

The high power of a Vitamix blender also means that you don’t have to remove the skins of the chickpeas as they’re easily pulverized into a creamy texture. Unfortunately, that’s not the case when using a food processor. So that creamy texture and quick speed is what makes using my Vitamix my preferred method. I mean, who can beat 3 minutes, right?

Hummus recipe on a white plate.

How to Make the Best Hummus Recipe

I make this recipe almost weekly as it’s incredibly easy to make. And once you make it, I’m sure you’ll have it on repeat as well. Here’s what you do:

  1. Add the chickpeas to your blender and make sure to reserve the liquid (it’s called aquafaba). If you forget and accidentally toss it, no worries, just use water.
  2. Add the tahini (which I also make in my Vitamix), olive oil, fresh lemons, garlic, cumin and salt to the blender. Use two garlic cloves for your basic hummus, but if you’re a garlic lover like me, feel free to add more. Roasted garlic is also divine.
  3. Turn your Vitamix on high and use the tamper as you would when making almond butter to push the ingredients into the blades. After 30 seconds, it should be fully blended.
  4. Your hummus will be thick, creamy and smooth. If you’d like a thinner consistency, just add a bit more aquafaba or water until it’s your desired consistency.
  5. To serve, add a few large, heaping spoonfuls to a plate or bowl and give it a swish depression on top. This creates a little divot for your olive oil to stay in. Then sprinkle some paprika and add fresh parsley.

And that’s how easy it is to make beautiful, easy, healthy hummus that’s fresher and tastier than store-bought!

A healthy, homemade hummus recipe that's super easy - it comes together in less than 3-minutes! It also tastes better than anything you can buy in the store.

The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.

The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.

More Delicious Homemade Hummus Recipes

Here are some absolutely delicious flavor variations of this classic hummus recipe. What flavor should I add next? Let me know in the comments below!

Hummus recipe on a white plate.

The BEST Hummus Recipe (in 3 Minutes!)

5 from 144 votes
Prep Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 4 cups
Author: Lisa Bryan
This healthy, homemade hummus is super easy and tastes better than anything store-bought. Watch my video above to see how quickly this hummus recipe comes together!

Ingredients

  • 30 oz canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained with liquid reserved (I use two 15oz cans)
  • 1/3 cup chickpea liquid, or more, as needed
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

garnish

  • olive oil
  • paprika
  • fresh parsley

Instructions 

  • Add all the ingredients to your Vitamix or high-powered blender and secure the lid. Remove the lid cap and insert the tamper.
  • Turn the blender on high for 30 seconds (or more for a creamier texture) and use the tamper to push the hummus into the blades. Add more chickpea liquid (aquafaba), if desired, for a softer hummus.
  • Add the hummus to a serving plate and garnish with olive oil, paprika and fresh parsley.

Lisa's Tips

  • The hummus will last for up to a week in the fridge, if kept in a sealed container. You can also freeze the hummus in sealed containers for future use, then just thaw as needed. It's actually one of the most common foods I meal prep on a regular basis as it's so easy.
  • Don't forget that you can also make tahini yourself (rather than buying in the store). Just follow my tahini recipe.
  • The Vitamix blender I use is the Vitamix Ascent 3500 - and I love it!
  • 1 cup of dried chickpeas = 3 cups of soaked chickpeas = approx 30 ounces canned chickpeas

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 159mg, Potassium: 419mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 40IU, Vitamin C: 16.6mg, Calcium: 84mg, Iron: 4.1mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: best hummus recipe, how to make hummus, hummus, hummus recipe
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This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years). All thoughts and opinions are my own. The original recipe was posted June 2017, but recently updated with new photos and information. 

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386 comments on “The BEST Hummus Recipe”

  1. Love this recipe, have used dried and canned chic peas. I add 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce. Also bit more as garnish.
    Buy from any supermarket in Australia, or Walmart in USA.5 stars

  2. WOW… So quick, really smooth and frankly the best hummus ever. I added a little smoked paprika and sumac to mine. I tried a few of your recipes so far and they are always perfection.
    Thank You so very much for all your hard work in creating such a beautiful website.

    Sylvie B.5 stars

  3. Hummus has been on my “try to make” list since I got a new food processor but I always put it off, not wanting to deal with removing the chickpea skins. Then last week we got a Vitamix & I found your recipe. This turned out so delicious, so creamy & was super easy to make. Thank you!5 stars

  4. hello,
    I cannot find an organic canned chickpeas. could you please tell me how to make it with dried ones: it’s enough to just soak them over night, or they should also be baked/boiled?
    this is my first try with humus.
    have a nice day
    ruxy

    • Hi Ruxy – No problem, you can soak the overnight and dry them before adding to the blender. You can also follow this measurement for how much you’ll need: 1 cup of dried chickpeas = 3 cups of soaked chickpeas = approx 30 ounces canned chickpeas.

  5. When using dried chickpeas, what do I use for aquafaba?5 stars

  6. What is the serving size?

  7. I made this last night. So easy and delicious!! Used my Ninja blender and came out perfect. Added 2 ice cubes during blending and it was extra smooth. Thanks for your recipes. They are fantastic!5 stars

  8. I made this recipe with my Vitamix and it is absolutely scrumptious! I really appreciate the videos that you provide because you explain the cooking instructions so well. Thank you. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.5 stars

  9. Made this today, after many hummus fails. Handsdown the best recipe! I halved it and it worked perfectly I have the Vitamix Ascent 3500. Toasted the sesame seeds and blended first then added as homemade Tahini.5 stars

  10. This was my first time making hummus and it was delicious! I don’t have a high powered blender so I had to add more liquid, but it was still good. The only other thing I did differently was add in Zatar seasoning and smoked paprika while blending.5 stars

  11. I cut the recipe in half and make in a Nutribullet. Great snack for two, easy, quick and really good!5 stars

  12. This recipe was fantastic! I tried other recipes for hummus and they were not balanced, too much of this or too much of that.  So of course I only made a small batch to try it out. It was so yummy my children finished it before it could hit the table. I will definitely make the whole recipe next time!5 stars

  13. Fantastic and simple, I usually don’t have tahini so I toasted some sesame seeds and add them to the mixture, fortunately my blender can handle them and it gives a great smell and taste.

    Do you also have a feeling that hummus is going out of fashion? It shouldn’t ! :D5 stars

  14. This is good, ingredients wise. I have a tip. Drain liquid from garbanzo beans, save if you want. I put garbanzo beans in a bowl or strainer and gently rub them until the skins come off and float to the top. Remove skins.
     Place ingredients except liquid (as in recipe ) in vitamix and follow recipe. I add ice a little at a time to keep from heating. This will come out very creamy. Found this tip from a YouTube video. 

  15. The hummus came out amazing! It was super quick and I will never buy from the store again. I customized to my taste- add more salt and a dash of paprika and cayenne… I will definitely make it again. I will now freeze the half. Thank you Lisa!5 stars

  16. Soooo good!!! With love from Kenya5 stars

  17. This is the most delicious hummus ever. I have been making it for months. It freezes beautifully and defrosts in the fridge or counter with no issues. A thousand times better than store bought and rates so good with sliced veggies. It’s a snack I consume daily!5 stars

  18. So good and easy!5 stars

  19. I am excited to try it. I make it today. But may i know why there is bitterness? Is it due to my homemade tahini?

    • Hi Siew – tahini can sometimes impart a slightly bitter flavor. You can always use less next time, or add a little more lemon juice and spices to compensate for it.

  20. I made hummus for the first time using your recipe. My son loved it. My grandson, who doesn’t like hummus, actually asked to take some home. Truly is the best hummus ever. Thank you!5 stars

  21. This is my go-to hummus! No fail recipe and will always turn out amazing, I have received lots of complements whenever sharing with others. You’ll never go back to store-bought because it really is the BEST!5 stars

  22. Seriously the best hummus recipe ever! I love plain and with beetroot! I always freeze the half for a quick starter for guests… and the first half we eat immediately! I sent the link to your recipe to my friends so many times also! Thanks a lot Lisa! Whatever I try from your website, it turns out so delicious!!5 stars

  23. My hummus came out super creamy and yummy! I got some roasted garlic from the farmer’s market that I added. This won’t last long in our home!5 stars

  24. Hello,

    Is the nutrition info for one portion of the hummus?

  25. Hummus was perfect. Thank you for the recipe. Will be making fresh from now on.5 stars

  26. First time making hummus, I don’t know what I got wrong but it’s way too salty and i feel too much the olive oil. Gonna try next time to put less of them both. But thank you as always! 

    • Hi Valentina – I’d double check the ingredients and make sure you only added 1/2 teaspoon (not tablespoon) of salt. I know others have made that mistake, so that could have done it.

  27. I made this recipe today, it’s delicious.  I roasted the garlic.  Delicious.  Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  28. Dear Lisa. I would love to try your hummus recipe but I’m unsure about the quantities. Do you use 850g of chickpeas or is this the amount including the liquid (which needs to be drained). If latter would you roughly know how many chickpeas you end of with? I’m asking as I need to reduce all amounts to make a smaller batch. Also, where I live jars and tins have quite different sizes to the US and I’m just trying to get it right ;). Thanks for your feedback.

    • Hi Beatrice- The can amount is with the liquid inside. Here we have 15oz cans of chickpeas, which should be close to 850 grams of chickpeas for you :)

  29. Delicious!!!!!! And super fast to make!!!! 
    Thanks for an amazing recipe for hummus!!5 stars

  30. This recipe is fantastic. I use more of the chickpea liquid instead of using the oil for my own reasons. It is also regularly made in my house5 stars

  31. I have the same Vitamix blender. I want to make this recipe but I’m unsure how I’d clean the hummus from under the blades since they are not removable. How did you clean up your blender!  Thanks!!

    • Hi Valerie! I make sure to let my Vitamix soak with water in it to remove the leftovers underneath! Or you can also use a small brush to clean it as well.

    • Hi Valarie, when I’m done using my Vitamix,  I put about 2 cups of hot water a bit of dish soap then run it for 30 seconds. I rinse really well and presto it’s clean. 

  32. Just made the roasted red pepper humus and it was awesome!5 stars

  33. Delicious and so simple! Thank you!5 stars

  34. This really is the best hummus recipe!5 stars

  35. Hi. I just made the hummus recipe. It turns out so good. Thank you. Now you need to teach us how to make pita bread 😉.  

  36. This was the first recipe I made from your blog and continue to come back to it. So good and simple! I made the garbanzo beans at home and my goodness it tasted that much better!

    Thank you for all the amazing recipes and inspiring videos you create. It makes me a better cook and overall a healthier human being.5 stars

  37. Hi! Can I make the hummus without the tahini or is there a replacement?

    • Hi Suanne – I do think the tahini helps to make hummus what it is. If you can’t find tahini, you can add the same amount in sesame seeds as well. The seeds will blend naturally in a high-powered blender.

  38. This is delicious and so easy.5 stars

  39. Hi Lisa,

    I just made your lovely hummus, thanks for the recipe.
    I am wondering as to how long store bought Tahini would keep in the fridge?
    Thanks for your help!

    Best regards

    Alex5 stars

    • Hi Alex- I’m thinking it will probably keep for a month or so! But I would check the expiration date on your bottle.

  40. For an oil-free version, would there be any changes to the recipe?

    • Hi Sandy – I’ve never tried this recipe without the oil, but I don’t think you should have any issues. If you need to thin it out, you can always add a little more aquafaba.

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