Whether you are entertaining a crowd, or craving a late-night snack, the ultimate go-to dip has to be classic smooth and creamy hummus. You can whip it up in literally 5 minutes, by combining chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in the blender. It is packed with so much flavour in every little scoop.
I am a huge hummus addict. So when I perfected how to make my own creamy hummus years ago, it was a game changer. I mean, sure, you can run to the store and buy a container of pre-made hummus, but what is the point when it is this easy to make it homemade. The store-bought stuff is usually thick, lacking creaminess and real authentic flavour. Nothing compares to homemade. Plus, those tiny containers are expensive. With homemade, you save money and you can make as big or small of a batch as you want.
What is in Creamy Hummus?
- canned chickpeas + some reserved liquid
- tahini sesame paste
- extra virgin olive oil
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
- roasted sesame seeds, for garnish
How to Make Smooth and Creamy Hummus
Hummus is the easiest dip to make. It is a simple, throw everything into a blender, type of recipe. It requires minimal prep -- grabbing your ingredients, draining and rinsing chickpeas and peeling a clove of garlic.
To serve, pour into a bowl, drizzle some olive oil on top, and garnish with reserved chickpeas, roasted sesame seeds and a sprinkle of paprika.
Types of Hummus
This recipe can be used as a basis for any type of hummus you want to make. Add different ingredients and seasonings to adjust the flavour to suit your taste buds. Here are some ways to make different types of hummus:
- Roasted red pepper hummus: add a roasted red pepper
- Sun-dried tomato hummus: add some sun-dried tomatoes
- Pesto hummus: add pesto and grated parmesan cheese
- Avocado hummus: add avocado, cilantro and lime juice
- Greek hummus: add feta cheese and spinach.
How to Serve Hummus
I like to serve hummus with a side of homemade no-knead bread, as part of a charcuterie board with pita chips and/or veggies. It lasts about 7-10 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it in an airtight container and let it thaw in the refrigerator when ready to serve.Print
Whip up classic smooth and creamy hummus dip at home in just 5 minutes, by combining chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic in the blender.
- 1 (400 ml) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid and 10 chickpeas for garnish)
- 1/4 cup tahini sesame paste
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 large clove of garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- roasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- Place chickpeas, reserved liquid, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika and salt, in a blender or food processor. Puree until well blended and creamy.
- Pour into a bowl and drizzle some olive oil on top. Garnish with reserved chickpeas (as is or roasted), roasted sesame seeds and a sprinkle of paprika.
- How to store hummus: Hummus lasts 7-10 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it in an airtight container and let it thaw in the refrigerator when ready to serve.
- How to roast chickpeas for the topping: Toss in some olive oil and paprika. Roast in the air fryer at 350 F for 5-8 minutes.
- Category: Dip
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keywords: hummus, dip, chickpeas, tahini
This post was originally published in January 2016. It has been completely updated with new photos and content.