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Classic Hummus

Lightly flavored with tahini, this basic hummus is creamy-smooth. For a more full-bodied flavor, increase the tahini by up to 2 cups. Stir the tahini well right before measuring—it separates when it sits.



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3 cups cooked chickpeas, or 2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained twice,
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⅓ cup lemon juice
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1 clove garlic
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½ cup tahini


Purée warm chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, and 2/3 cup water in food processor 3 to 4 minutes, or until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl if necessary. Add tahini, and purée 2 minutes, or until mixture has consistency of soft cream cheese, adding 1 to 2 Tbs. water, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Information: 

8 g
Total Fat: 
10 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
20 g
0 mg
150 mg
6 g
3 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

No olive oil? This is not hummus!

This recipe was pretty good. It def needed the 2 TBSP of water. Also, I added another half cup of tahini. I made the spicy version of this recipe which was great. I would love it to be a creamier texture though, and will play around with it more next time to make it that way.

This was one of the worst recipes for hummus I've ever made. It was bland and just awful. It was made somewhat better when I added the spicy beans from the moroccan whole bean hummus recipe, but on it's own it's just terrible.

I am boiling my chic peas right now and am excited to give this a try after running into a chef who told me boiling the chic peas first is key to good hummus. BUT, knowing hummus pretty well (I grew up in the middle east) and knowing myself pretty well, I will definitely be adding salt. Not sure why it's not an ingredient listed in the recipe.

I added another clove of garlic and curry powder to this recipe to jazz it up.

We loved it. We used canned chickpeas and it came out fine. In addition to going great with Pita bread we ate it later on with pretzels as a snack and it was delicious that way as well.


I agree with D.G. I'm surprised. Normally I can always trust the recipes I find on this site, but this was watery, not creamy at all, and bland. Luckily I found an extra can of pinto beans lying around. I added a whole extra can of beans, some garlic-herb powder, salt/pepper, and a dash of cumin. Saved! Sorry, but I wouldn't recommend the "classic hummus" recipe to anyone.

1 clove of garlic is not nearly enough, four or five would be better. And where's the olive oil? I have never measured the oil, I add it at the end and stop adding when I like the texture.

I really like this recipe for simple and "classic" hummus... just like the title says. I have made it several times and can attest to the fact that freshly cooked or warm chickpeas give the spread a nice depth. When it comes to the negative comments on this dip and its supposed blandness, I do not think this hummus recipe is supposed to be spicy... and that should kind of be obvious when there isn't any spice listed in the ingredients ;) After making it the first time following the recipe to the letter, I've the following times added another clove of garlic (or two), a generous pinch of coarse salt and a little filet of olive oil when in the mood. I'm adding this recipe to my home recipe collection as a good staple hummus recipe, don't knock it 'til you've tried it...and don't expect it to taste of something that is not in the recipe ;)

I agree this is a fantastic recipe, I've made it several times and love it the way it is it's also delicious with the Moroccan Whole Chickpea Hummus on top, I like to make it Moroccan style when I have guests over to wow them with a new hummus no one has had before. It's also a great backbone recipe to use your imagination with, add rosemary, sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic, chili powder or jalapenos! It's my favorite classic hummus recipe.

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