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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).

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.
4.99 from 81 votes

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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236 comments on “The BEST Hummus Recipe”

  1. My fiance and I tried this recipe last night. He absolutely loved it and he loved that we can definitely transform the taste by changing the ingredients up a bit. Next time, we’ll be doing a spinach/pine nuts hybrid. Thanks Lisa!

    • Hi Myde- So glad you and your fiance loved this recipe! I would love to see how your spinach and pine nuts hybrid turns out :)

  2. Delicious!

  3. Hi Lisa, I don’t have oz cans in France. Could you tell how many cups of drained cooked chickpeas do we need for this recipe please? Thanks 😘

  4. Just made this in my Nutribullet 1000 combo blender and it turned out great.

    Whilst not as powerful as a Vitamix which are hard and expensive to get here in Australia, I just blended for about 30 seconds more and it came out silky smooth.

    I love garlic and added 2 extra small cloves, but I see what you mean now in the other video and 2 is probably just about right.

  5. Made this in the food processor as I don’t have a Vitamix and still turned out great. Threw some roasted red pepper in and was delicious. I’m going to make this all the time

    • Hi Colin – I’m glad this recipe still turned out okay in the food processor! You’ll definitely need to try my roasted red pepper hummus dip :)

  6. I’m going to try this recipe with dried chickpeas. I have them soaking right now. You name it sound like I can use then after soaking properly. Do I not have to cook them after soaking?

  7. I make this recipe every week, best hummus I’ve ever had. WARNING: will completely ruin store bought hummus for you, store bought will taste horrible after you’ve tried this hummus! It’s THAT good!!

  8. Is it possible to make this without olive oil and just substitute with extra water? Looks delicious

  9. Eager to try this recipe…it looks awesome! Curious if it blends ok if just using raw sesame seeds, or do I need to make tahini first? If the seeds work fine, how much should be used? (I need to make more tahini anyways, but I’m always short on time so this will be good to know regardless. lol) :)

  10. I love this recipe. Here is a warning, however, if you open a can of chickpeas and the aquafaba looks like water, it doesn’t seem creamy, do not use to make hummus. Use it for something else. I didn’t ( it was a newly purchased can) and my hummus came out chunky and I couldn’t get it smooth. I made some other hummus right after and the chickpeas and aquafaba were right and the hummus came out great. 

  11. Hi! If I’m making your hummus recipe with dried chickpeas – how many cups of chickpeas would I use?? You said 2 30oz cans .. how many cups would that be??? Thanks – love your content!!

  12. I made this today, and it is sooooo good! Can’t wait to experiment with different flavors! I’m so glad I came across your YouTube video!!

  13. This is the first time making home made hummus! This is the best tasting hummus! Thank you Lisa!

  14. Really enjoyed this recipe. The first time I have made hummus myself where I actually liked the texture and felt like it was better than store bought.