I have a confession to make: I have an obsession. It’s with a food. A spread actually, one with a Mediterranean origin and an earthy flavor. Any guesses?

Yes, I have an obsession with hummus.

vegetable, carrot, cream, sweet
Ellie Haun

I eat it literally everyday. Ask anyone I eat with and they’ll verify this. 

My favorite hummus is this simple homemade version. It only has six ingredients (including Sriracha) and takes ten minutes maximum to make. Plus it’s low-calorie and full of protein.

cream, milk
Ellie Haun
It takes just as much time to make this hummus as it does to go to the store and buy hummus. Compared to store-bought hummus, this homemade version…

-tastes just as good or better

-costs way less to make

-is fresher

-has known, pronounceable ingredients in it

Basically, there are no reasons not to try this simple recipe instead of buying hummus. Especially if you're a busy and poor college student.

carrot, vegetable
Ellie Haun

Better than Store-Bought Hummus

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:10 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 1 15.5 oz can chickpeas
  • 2 Tbsp reserved chickpea liquid
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 6 Tbsp lemon juice juice from 2 lemons
  • a few dashes Sriracha sauce
  • Step 1

    Gather your ingredients.

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    Ellie Haun
  • Step 2

    Drain the chickpeas, but reserve a few tablespoons of the liquid. Put both in a food processor or blender.

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  • Step 3

    Add all of the other ingredients into the food processor or blender, and blend until smooth for 2 to 3 minutes.
    #SpoonTip: If the hummus is too thick, add in some more lemon juice or water.
    #SpoonTip: Add some more Sriracha if it’s not spicy enough for you.

    beer, water
    Ellie Haun
  • Step 4

    Enjoy! Store for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. This hummus tastes even better the next day.

    coffee, milk, cream, spread, butter, espresso
    Ellie Haun

Give this heart-healthy dip a spin and enjoy it with a side of veggies, crackers, chips, pita, or pretzels. I say a side because this hummus is the main event, especially with a few squeezes of spicy Sriracha.