This is the best homemade hummus recipe I’ve ever tried! It’s creamy, smooth, and flavoured with fragrant roasted garlic.

A bowl of hummus, topped with chickpeas and surrounded by pita chips.

In 2018, I took a life-changing trip to Israel. I’ve of course had homemade hummus prior, but never like the kind I had in Israel!

This hummus is creamy and smooth; rich and even buttery, especially with the addition of roasted garlic—which is my secret to making everything taste better. If you’ve been disappointed by homemade hummus recipes in the past, this one won’t let you down!

Whenever I make this recipe, one thing that hits me is how aromatic the hummus is. It immediately brings me back to my time walking through the markets of Tel Aviv. And when I taste it? Well, that just seals the deal! I recommend serving it with rounds of puffy pita and your favourite vegetables for dipping, but I have a few other ideas below, too.

Close up of chickpeas in a food processor

Notes on Ingredients

Please note that this is important information on the ingredients and instructions and the FULL recipe with amounts and details can be found DOWN BELOW (scroll to it) in the recipe card.

For the Hummus

  • Chickpeas – The great debate between freshly cooked or canned chickpeas! Freshly cooked always tastes best, but ensure you’re getting quality dried chickpeas to start with. If you want to use canned, use a reliable brand!
  • Roasted garlic – Here’s how to roast garlic.
  • Limes – Lime juice adds the perfect amount of acidity to complement the other flavours of the hummus.
  • Sea salt – My favorite sea salt is Redmond Real Salt! Highly recommend it; it’ll change your salt game.
  • Ground black pepper – I love freshly ground black pepper! These are the grinders I use.
  • Tahini – Bad tahini will ruin this entire recipe. Be sure that your tahini is nutty, smooth, and palatable. It should never be bitter. I absolutely adore this one, which is the closest I’ve found to what I enjoyed in Israel. 
  • Ice cold water – This will help incorporate the tahini and make the hummus lighter and fluffier.
  • Olive oil – Always use the best quality olive oil you can afford! I don’t use a lot here, but what little I use makes a big difference.

For topping:

  • Additional chickpeas
  • Olive oil
  • Za’atar – While za’atar isn’t a mandatory ingredient, it’s a highly recommended topping! I got a giant jar from some amazing friends in Israel that has lasted me to this day. Every time I have hummus, I sprinkle some za’atar on top! You can make it, or you can buy it.
  • Smoked paprika

How to Make Homemade Hummus

Homemade hummus is simple, so the key to getting it right is high-quality ingredients and good technique. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Pulse the chickpeas. Place the chickpeas, garlic, lime juice, sea salt, and ground black pepper in your food processor. Pulse on low for about 15 seconds, or until the chickpeas and other ingredients are chopped, but not blended smooth.

Add the tahini and oil. Turn to food processor to low speed. Pour the tahini in through the chute, then slowly pour in the olive oil. Stop, scrape the sides, and turn the food processor back on at low speed.

Add the water. Slowly pour the ice water into the chute as the food processor runs. The texture of the hummus should begin to change. Leave your food processor on for 3 to 5 minutes, stopping twice to scrape down the sides. The hummus should be light and fluffy; taste and add more of any ingredient you’d like to balance the flavour.

Serve. Scrape the hummus into a serving bowl and use the back of your spoon to swoop it into swirl shapes (see the photo below). Drizzle more olive oil on top and add your favourite toppings. Enjoy with veggies and pita chips or fresh pita bread.

Bowl filled with homemade hummus, topped with olive oil, za'atar, and chickpeas

Tips for Success

Here are some tips for making the best homemade hummus.

  • Peel the chickpeas. If you want to go the extra mile and get the smoothest, creamiest hummus, peel the chickpeas first. All it takes is a little pinch or rub to remove the skins. I actually love this process and find it kind of therapeutic. 
  • The ice water is essential. It only takes a few minutes to get ice cold water, so don’t skip it. Just stick a glass of water with ice into your freezer for 15 minutes, then remove the ice and use the water. It helps the ingredients and tahini meld together and gives the hummus that incredibly fluffy and light texture.
  • Add the tahini, oil, and water slowly. Always slowly pour these ingredients into your food processor. This allows them to properly incorporate into the hummus. It’s worth going a little slower to make the best hummus.

How to Use Hummus

The best thing about hummus is that it complements so many foods perfectly! Here’s how I like to use it:

  • Add it to sandwiches and wraps
  • Use it in salads such as my Mediterranean Quinoa Salad Bowl 
  • Have it with carrots, celery and sweet bell peppers
  • Serve it with pita chips
  • Thin in out and use it as a dressing or a sauce
  • Give it a twist and use it as a base for Beet Hummus!

How to Store 

Transfer hummus to an airtight storage container and refrigerate for up to a week. 

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze homemade hummus! Place it in an airtight storage container and freeze for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator, then serve.

Close up of chickpeas on hummus flecked with za'atar and paprika

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A bowl of hummus topped with chickpeas.

Hummus

This is the best homemade hummus recipe! It is rich and creamy, and the perfect dip, dressing or side to any meal!
5 (from 14 ratings)

Ingredients

Vegan Hummus Recipe

  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 4-5 cloves roasted garlic
  • Juice of two limes
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • ½ cup to 3/4 cup ice cold water – it will incorporate with the tahini and make the hummus lighter and fluffier
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Topping

  • Additional chickpeas
  • Olive oil
  • Za’atar
  • smoked paprika

Instructions 

  • In your food processor, add the chickpeas, garlic and, lime juice, sea salt and ground black pepper. Pulse/blend on low for about 15 seconds until the chickpeas and other ingredients are chopped up together.
  • Turn your food processor on to low blend. Through the chute in the top of your food processor, slowly drizzle in the tahini bit by bit until it’s all poured in. Next, slowly drizzle the olive oil in. Stop, scrape the sides, and turn back on.
  • Now, slowly drizzle in the ice-cold water. The texture should begin to change. Leave your food processor on for 3 to 5 minutes, stop twice in between to scrape down the sides. Allow the hummus to blend completely until the hummus begins light and fluffy and fully incorporated. Once blended, taste test and add more of any ingredient that you’d like (be that more salt or tahini or lime juice).
  • Scrape from food processor into a bowl if serving immediately and using the back of your spoon, swoop into swirl shapes. Drizzle more olive oil on top with your favourite toppings such as smoked paprika and za'atar. Enjoy with veggies and pita chips, or in sandwiches, wraps or on pasta!

Notes

To store: Transfer hummus to an airtight storage container and refrigerate for up to a week. 
To freeze: Place hummus in an airtight storage container and freeze for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator, then serve.
Calories: 223kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 228mg, Potassium: 254mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 27IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 2mg

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