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. And if you need more inspiration on what to do with your next can of chickpeas – give these chickpea recipes a try!

Hummus recipe on a white plate.

The BEST Hummus Recipe (in 3 Minutes!)

5 from 173 votes
Prep Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Servings: 16 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!


  • 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


  • olive oil
  • paprika
  • fresh parsley


  • 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 and cooked chickpeas = approx 30 ounces canned chickpeas


Calories: 166kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 80mg, Potassium: 212mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 24IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 2mg
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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451 comments on “The BEST Hummus Recipe”

  1. I love your basic hummus – delicious, easy, and inexpensive.

    Do you have a recipe for hummus with roasted pine nuts?

    Thanks!5 stars

    • Hi Marylyn- So glad you enjoyed this hummus recipe! At the moment, I don’t have one with roasted pine nuts, but I will keep that in mind!

  2. This hummus recipe is the bomb!! Love it and it was remarkably easy to make. Thank you. 5 stars

  3. This truly is the best hummus recipe! I’ve made it 5 times! Sometimes I add a little cayenne for some heat 5 stars

  4. This is the best and easiest hummus recipe I have tried. Thanks for sharing it!!5 stars

  5. I’ve made this one. Sooo good! I love your recipes. ;););)5 stars

  6. This was soooooo delicious!!!! I did add some roasted garlic;) YOU are right I’ll never buy store bought again!!! Thank you!!!5 stars

  7. Wonderful hummus recipe! Easy to make, tastes great and could be so easily tweaked to more or less garlic (if I wanted).  I put half in the freezer when I make it, and it’s such a treat to have more on hand when I’ve finished with the portion in the fridge. Our favourite way to enjoy hummus is in a very, veggie sandwich. No need for mayo or cheese. Just hummus, cucumbers, arugula, tomatoes ( and maybe sliced pickle). So good!5 stars

    • Hi Tracey- I love hummus inside a sandwich as well. Tastes much more refreshing and light sometimes compared to spreads like mayo.

  8. My diet is so healthy except for an occasional  snack. Now I have go to recipes so I can have healthy snacks if I get a sweet craving ! Thank you so much! Lynn5 stars

  9. I’ve made this recipe a half a dozen times. It is so easy and delicious!! I follow the instructions except that I add more garlic cloves to our taste. We eat ours sometimes with veggies or with crackers. One of our favorite additions is pomegranate seeds!5 stars

  10. Hi! 
    I made this yesterday and substituted the tahini for cashew butter because I am allergic to sesame seeds and it tasted amazing! 
    I was just wondering, what is a serving size?
    Thank you for sharing your recipe!!5 stars

  11. I have dry chickpeas. How many will I need to prepare for this recipe? 

  12. God bless you young lady, you have enriched my life. Thank you so much!5 stars

  13. This turned out excellent! I used 2 tsp of garlic powder since I ran out of fresh garlic. Thanks!5 stars

  14. Thanks for the inspiration to make hummus and the great, easy recipe! Even my picky teenager liked it! I’m new to your site and youtube channel and really enjoying both :)5 stars

  15. I forgot to add the tahini and it was STILL delicious. 100% will remake.5 stars

  16. So easy and tastes great!5 stars

  17. This truly is the BEST hummus recipe. Hands down. I’ve made it about 5 times and it never disappoints 5 stars

  18. This is SO delicious! I had some extra basil leaves laying around when I whipped it up today, and the result was amazing! I dont have a Vitamix, I use a hand blender, but the result is still creamy and lovely. I have been making hummus for a long time, but none of my past concoctions came close to the result I get when I follow your (incredibly simple) recipe. Thank you!5 stars

  19. Hi Lisa,
    Love your page! My mum and I LOVE your hummus recipe. We have been making it religiously. I was however wondering how many calories is in it per 100g or something? You say it is 332 kcal but is that for one serving or the whole batch?
    Nora and Linda xxx5 stars

    • Hi Nora- So happy to hear both you and your mom love this hummus recipe! As for the nutrition facts, it’s always going to be per serving. In this recipe, I’ve noted that there are about 8 servings :)

  20. My weekly go-to recipe for meal prep. LOVE this hummus recipe! 5 stars

    • Hi Melissa- Wonderful! It’s always a great idea to have a hummus meal prepped in your fridge :)

  21. Delicious! Thanks for the great recipe! 5 stars

  22. Amazing, I didn’t have to adjust any of the ingredients. I made regular, beet, and carrot versions.5 stars

    • Hi Kimberly- Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed this recipe as is and loved the variations you made on it.

  23. Do we have to use the tahini? Or do u know of a good substitute for it

  24. I have wanted to make hummus for quite awhile.  This checks all the boxes..5 stars

  25. I have been making this often – love it for lunch on GF Wasa crackers or spread on GF toast! Yum!
    Easy and fast – and the best part? Delicious!! :-)5 stars

  26. Made Hummus for the first time today.I’d always liked it but also could take it or leave it. This recipe is stunning,I didnt add the chickpea brine I added more lemon juice ,garlic & salt & it was superb – the best my husband’s ever had. Thankyou so very much for this :))5 stars

    • Hi Tony- Congrats on your first batch of hummus today! Glad to hear both you and your husband loved this homemade version. This will come in handy for a summertime snack :)

  27. I made this with the roasted garlic you suggested. Fantastic! 5 stars

  28. Delicious just like everything else I made from Downshiftology. This is now my go-to recipe for fresh, homemade hummus :-)5 stars

  29. So delicious! I added extra garlic and garnished with some cayenne pepper. Thank for this great recipe!5 stars

  30. I added double the salt, garlic, and cumin, a tsp of honey and tbsp of sriratcha. Really delicious! 5 stars

  31. Loved this!5 stars

  32. So smooth and fluffy! Made the recipe exactly as described. I split half of the portion in a dish for my friend to enjoy at home just to spoil her during these tough times. She was ecstatic to get this little surprise in her goodie bag! :-)5 stars

    • Hi Nicole – How nice of you to make a batch for your friend during these crazy times! I hope you both enjoyed this recipe :)

  33. I used half the amount of chick peas and none of the juice from the can. I liked how it turned out.5 stars

  34. Lisa, it’s absolutely the best hummus recipe out there! Another staple I added from your kitchen to mine! 
    Your recipes never disappoint and you are such an inspiration! Thank you 😘

    You mention freezing it. Do you do that often? I just made a big batch before Easter but with so many Polish Easter leftovers I didn’t have a chance to eat it yet. I was thinking about freezing it. Do you have any tips? Does it freeze well? Can I freeze it in a glass container? 
    Thank you for your advice. 5 stars

    • Hi Aleksandra – Happy to hear you loved this hummus recipe so much! As for freezing, I sometimes do that when I have tons leftover. It freezes just fine, just thaw it in the fridge overnight before eating. And I would freeze it in any freezer-safe container. I normally use my glass containers for this :)

  35. I made this last week and am so happy to have such a tasty and easy snack recipe on hand. Instant hit in my home. We dipped carrot and celery sticks in it as you show in your meal prep video. Great recipe!!5 stars

  36. Our family really enjoyed this hummus recipe, so creamy! I didn’t need much reserved liquid. It is so much easier than other recipes I have tried. Thank you!5 stars

  37. 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!5 stars

    • 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 :)

  38. Delicious!5 stars

  39. 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 😘

  40. 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 stars

  41. 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 time5 stars

    • 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 :)

  42. 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?

  43. 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!!5 stars

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

  45. 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) :)

  46. 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. 5 stars

  47. 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!!

    • Hi Lina – it’s actually two 15-ounce cans in the recipe (30 ounces total). So that’s about 1 1/2 cups of dried chickpeas.

      • Hi Lisa, can you confirm..the bottom of the recipe says 1 cup of dried chicken peas but I see here you mention 1.5 cups. Also, how long should I soak them for?

      • Hi Jessy- 2 cans of chickpeas should give you around 1 cup of dried chickpeas. As for soaking, I normally soak mine overnight, but you can also soak for about 6 hours.

  48. 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!!5 stars

  49. This is the first time making home made hummus! This is the best tasting hummus! Thank you Lisa!5 stars

  50. 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.5 stars