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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).

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

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.

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

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?

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

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!

The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.
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The BEST Hummus Recipe (in 3 Minutes!)

Prep Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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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!

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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144 comments on “The BEST Hummus Recipe”

  1. Hi Lisa, this Hummus is just delicious. I made it twice and I love it, my daughter too. Thank you for this receipe.

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe with us! It looks super easy and Soo tasty! I was wondering if I can use yoghurt instead of tahini. Would that work out? Thanks in advance!!! :)

  3. Hi Lisa! Really love your hummus recipes! I know you suggested using canned chickpeas as it is easier, but I have dried chickpeas at home and was wondering how to prep and cook them to use in this recipe. Would really appreciate your help! Thank you :)

    • Hi Cherry – you can soak your dried chickpeas overnight and cook them for an hour or so in boiling water, until soft, then drain and proceed with the rest of this recipe. :)

  4. I’m just stunned at how amazing the hummus tastes. Just incredible. This is a keeper. So looking forward to making this on a regular basis and parties.

    • Hi Joanna – I’m so glad you love this classic hummus recipe! It really is the best appetizer for a party :)

  5. I love this recipe! I’ve made it several time. My family also loves its! I took it to a party and a woman approached me and asked “Did you make that hummus?” Which I replied “Yes” then she said “I never liked hummus till I had yours!”

    • Hi Jackie – That’s amazing! Looks like you have the perfect recipe for your upcoming Holiday parties now. I would also try out my other hummus recipes too! They taste amazing and give a little extra flavor :)

  6. Perfect!thank you!

  7. I have the Ascent 3500 too. I’m wondering how you clean the hummus out from under the blades?  Do you use the self clean function?  I’ve been hesitant to make anything thick or sticky in my Vitamix since the blade in the 64ounce container is not removable. Thanks. 

  8. The BEST Hummus Recipe is absolutely correct! Made this today and it’s so much better than store bought. Since I prefer to cook my own beans in my Instant Pot, I cooked them the night before, saving the water I cooked them in. The next day the liquid became thickened and was very much like the liquid in the chick pea cans. I also cook my own chick peas because I prefer using organic products and can’t always find canned organic chick peas. For my personal taste I added 1 teaspoon of sumac, along with more lemon juice and cumin. Yum!

  9. I was struggling with another hummus recipe coming out very dry and playdough-like. The first time I tried this one it turned out perfect! Its so easy to modify and make different flavors too. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Hi Brandi – I’m so happy to hear you nailed the hummus recipe! Definitely let me know when you modify it with different flavors. Curious to see how it turns out :)

  10. How would this be different if you don’t have a tamper on your mixer? I have a blendtec no a vitamix. Also when you have frozen it how long does it take to thaw? I want to make some and freeze for my kids for snacks this fall after school while I am at work and wonder if I can just pull it out in the morning if it will thaw by afternoon. Thanks!!!

    • Hi Amalie – Because I don’t have a Blendtec, I’m not exactly sure how well it works, however I find that the tamper in the Vitamix helps blend it well. Also, after I have frozen the hummus, I normally take it the day before I need it.

  11. Look forward to trying your recipes…thank you  Lisa

  12. I usually eat hummus with crackers and veggies. What else can you eat it with? I know you said wraps too. Thanks

  13. Can’t wait to try this recipe this week. When you use salt, what type do you prefer? From the picture, it looks like it’s not regular table salt. Just curious if it matters. Thanks! Learning so much from your videos and website. :)

  14. Very healthy!

  15. (As an Israeli) let me suggest you add some ice (!) at the bottom of the Vitamix first, then blend all ingredients together; it will upgrade the hummus texture significantly! the Israeli hummus restaurants’ secret :-)

  16. Love your hummus recipe.   However would still like to make small batches now and again.   Can I make hummus in the blending cups and bowls that come with the ascent blender? And do I just cut recipe by half or a third ?

    Kind Regards

  17. I’m so glad I found your site. I need to start eating clean. Your recipes will help me to move in the right direction. I love that you even provide the nutritional info. The planning videos are wonderful. You know when you need that one ingredient in a recipe and only use a tiny amount of it? What do you do with the rest of it? Planning will solve that problem! I won’t be wasted anymore. Your hummus was wonderful.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words DJ! I’m happy you love my recipes and videos. :) And yes, planning ahead does help to ensure you’re using all your ingredients up.

  18. Absolutely delicious. All I changed was to add extra garlic ?
    Did in my food processor, as I already had it out. 
    Spot on delicious- as all your recipes are. 
    Didn’t realize you could freeze hummus- so looking forward to that and having it on hand. 

    • I’m always a fan of extra garlic as well! Glad you loved the recipe Sandra and yes, being able to freeze it is a game-changer! Now you can have individual portions of hummus ready to go! :)

  19. What is a portion (how many oz, tablespoons etc) like how big is a serving. 

  20. This is a great, easy recipe! I only have an immersion blender, so I cut the recipe in half. I did Sun dried tomatoes in one batch, and fresh jalapeno peppers in another batch. Because you use juice from the chickpeas, I blend my flavor in that, until it’s smooth, and work the chickpeas last. My wife loves it, and it makes me a hero. Too easy!