Unless you have never stepped into a grocery store then I think its safe to assume that most people know what hummus is.  It’s cooked chick peas (garbanzo beans) mashed and blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.  It’s great to eat as a dip with pita bread or chips but it is also good as a spread on sandwiches as well.

Although it’s convenient to just to buy hummus at the store, it can get expensive since each container is at least $4 or $5. Making it yourself is not only cheaper but it’s healthier because you know what exactly is going into it. Buying the ingredients might not seem cheaper, but the outcome yields more hummus than something you would buy at the store.

Once you learn how to make the traditional style hummus, you can experiment by adding flavors like the different varieties at the store; roasted red pepper, olives, jalapeños, etc.  This recipe is so easy that you will be making it more often when you have a craving for hummus.


  • 2 cans (15 oz) chick peas, drained (reserve 1/3 of the liquid)
  • 3 tbs tahini (sesame paste, can be found near the peanut butter at most grocery stores)
  • 2-3 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt

To make the hummus smooth and creamy, add more olive oil and tahini.  Add more garlic if you want a stronger garlic taste.

Add chick peas drained with 1/3 liquid reserved to a large mixing bowl.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.

With a hand mixer, blend until smooth.

If you don’t have a hand mixer, you can just as easily make hummus in a food processor or a blender.


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