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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.
5 from 122 votes

The BEST Hummus Recipe (in 3 Minutes!)

Prep Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 4 cups
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!
  • 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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328 comments on “The BEST Hummus Recipe”

  1. 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 house

  2. 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. 

  3. Just made the roasted red pepper humus and it was awesome!

  4. Delicious and so simple! Thank you!

  5. This really is the best hummus recipe!

  6. 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 😉.  

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. This is delicious and so easy.

  10. 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

    Alex

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

  11. 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.