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Original Hummus

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

10 Minutes


6 Servings



About the Recipe

Besides all the benefits of chickpeas, hummus is a great addition to any meal or is great on its own as a snack! Put it in a salad, have it with pita bread, or use it as a dip for veggies. The options are endless.
Benefits of chickpeas include being a complete protein (containing all 9 essential amino acids), having many vitamins and minerals, and being high in fiber and low in sodium.


  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup well-stirred tahini

  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Salt to taste

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water

  • Dash ground paprika or sumac, for serving


Step 1

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice and process for 1 minute, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process for 30 seconds more. This extra time helps “whip” or “cream” the tahini, making the hummus smooth and creamy.

Step 2

Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the whipped tahini and lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then process another 30 seconds or until well blended. Open, drain, and rinse the chickpeas. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl, then add remaining chickpeas and process until thick and quite smooth; 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 3

Most likely the hummus will be too thick or still have tiny bits of chickpea. To fix this, with the food processor turned on, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until you reach the perfect consistency.

Step 4

Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Serve hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and dash of paprika. Store homemade hummus in an airtight container and refrigerate up to one week.

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