I was shocked to discover that not everyone eats hummus at home. Growing up in a Middle Eastern home, my family’s cuisine can best be described by the Mediterranean diet: we eat lots of fruits (especially olives and tamarind), vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and spices. Therefore, hummus, which is made from chickpeas, is a staple in our home.

Unfortunately, it’s not simple to write down my family’s recipes. Recipes are an oral tradition, passed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next. Our hummus recipe, however, is based on using two cans of chickpeas. This is the key factor that allows me to share the goodness and transcribe this recipe for all of you!

Judy Chen

Making hummus at home is super simple. Just keep in mind that you will need a food processor, blender, or really good mashing skills to whip this up.

Hummus at Home

  • Prep Time:2 mins 30 secs
  • Cook Time:2 mins 30 secs
  • Total Time:5 mins
  • Servings:5
  • Easy


  • 2 rinsed chickpea cans
  • 1 heaping teaspoon or more chopped and peeled garlic
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tahini or sesame paste
Lauren Zami
  • Step 1

    Mix the water and lemon juice in a cup.

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  • Step 2

    Add the garlic, salt, and half of the mixture made in Step 1 to a food processor. Let mix until the garlic is chopped.

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  • Step 3

    Gradually add the chickpeas and tahini to the food processor. Fun fact: rinsing chickpeas reduces 40% of the sodium!

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  • Step 4

    Add the rest of the mixture from Step 1 to the food processor.

    Lauren Zami

And then you’re done! This recipe is so simple and gives your hummus a delicious and natural taste, while store-bought hummus often tastes overly processed and can be doused in oil. You can serve this dip with any food at all (I know I would!), but here are some specific foods that go well with hummus: raw vegetables, salad, sweet potato, and bread.

For you vegetarians and vegans who think you may be at risk for protein deficiency: think otherwise! Hummus is a great source of protein. Serve it with some salad and/or whole-grain bread, and you’ve got a nice plate of complementary proteins. Enjoy!