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.
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.