Spice Up Your Go-to Hummus Recipe

Although much more convenient than the homemade variety, hummus off the shelf is just not as tasty as making your own hummus recipe at home. Luckily, making hummus at home is quite easy and doesn’t require a ton of cooking. 

Hummus is a dish made of cooked, mashed chickpeas mixed with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It is famous around the globe and especially in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It is sold in most North American and European grocery stores while in the Middle East and Med it is made at home.

Hummus chock full of protein and a great addition to vegan and vegetarian diets.So, how would you spice up your go-to hummus recipe? Before anything else, let’s look at this super simple and easy hummus recipe, and work our way to spice it up there. 

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How to Make Hummus From Scratch

This is a simple recipe that means you’ll never feel compelled to pick up that grocery store version again.


  • 1 (15-ounce) cooked chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups (250 grams)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (60 ml) (1 large lemon)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) well-stirred tahini, see our recycled homemade tahini
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (30 ml), plus more to eat
  • 1/2 cubic meter of field cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) water
  • dash ground paprika or sumac, for serving.


Step 1: Combine the tahini and lemon juice in a food processor, process it for 1 minute, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, and then process it for 30 seconds. This extra time makes the tahini “whip” so that the hummus is smooth and creamy. 

Step 2: Add olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the bowl’s sides and bottom and continue for another 30 seconds or until well blended. 

Step 3: Grab your chickpeas and add half of the chickpeas and process for 1 minute. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and then add the remaining chickpeas. The hummus might be too dense or still have tiny chickpea bits. To fix this, slowly add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water with the food processor until you reach the perfect consistency.

Step 4: Adjust the salt to taste. Serve hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika. 

Additional Tips

Here are ways to spice up your go-to hummus recipe at home. Some changes require a bit more than others.

  1. Add to taste salt, lemon juice, cumin, pepper, and cayenne. 
  2. Mix In another tablespoon of tahini. 
  3. Fold In Greek Yogurt. Only a few tablespoons, slowly folded in, will make your hummus lighter and creamier simultaneously, even tangier.
  4. Stir in mashed and roasted garlic that’s puréed. When using your oven to make something you have for dinner, roast a garlic head alongside. Trim the side of the stalk, drizzle it with olive oil, then cover it in foil and bake until it is entirely soft. Squeeze out the cloves from their paper shell once it’s slightly cool, then mash them into hummus for an unbelievable fragrance and slight sweetness. 
  5. Try using roasted red peppers or chipotles in adobo instead if you’re not a garlic fan.
  6. Coarsely-mashed chickpeas can also be added for texture and some straight-up garbanzo flavor.
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Hummus is a great accompaniment to bread, pita, and veggies. It’s got tons of flavor as well as a pack of protein. So create your go-to hummus recipe and take it up a notch with some of the above tips.