How To Make Hummus

how to make hummus

Hummus is one of those things that kind of had its moment in the sun, its fifteen minutes of fame, if you will, a few years ago. I remember when every G.D. coffee shop and hobo hangout in Austin had some kind of hummus sandwich to sell you. Sometimes they’d put sprouts on it. Sometimes it was on a bagel. And then it was at every party and hippie gathering and open-house you ever snuck in to. Hummus was EVERYWHERE!

And then it kind of lost favor with the masses. Sure, people still enjoyed hummus, but then they got onto other shit like sushi and gourmet hotdogs. Whatever. Hummus is still good. Girls like it. Boys like it. Kids like it. And I’m bringing it back. HARD CORE. Here’s how to make it in a blender and give your date the “Wowzers”.

Watch the video to see how to make hummus, or you can print the recipe card!

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How To Make Hummus

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Quick healthy dip!

  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


  • 1 15 ounce can chick peas (or see below for how to start with dried beans)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (Sesame paste)
  • juice of one lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup water (maybe a little more)
  • Optional: 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin; paprika; cayenne pepper


  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas quickly to remove most of the gooey liquid.
  2. Put everything in your blender. It works better if you put the liquids in first.
  3. Pulse it a little to get it moving and poke at it if you have to.
  4. Add a little more water if necessary to get it to a nice, creamy, smooth-as-silk consistency.
  5. Put it in a fancy bowl. Drizzle some extra oil on top. Put some paprika on it.
  6. Dip your love machine (or just carrot sticks) into it.

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Something to go with your hummus? How about tabouli!

If you want to cook your own chick peas instead of using canned, follow these instructions:

  1. Sort 1/2 cup of dry chickpeas, keeping a look out for any deformed or black beans and also for anything that is not actually a bean (like rocks, sticks, and clumps of dirt or fingernails. Ooh, gross! But it happens.)
  2. Give them a quick rinse and then into a large pot. Add enough boiling water to cover them and let them sit for 1 hour. Drain.
  3. Back into the pot with 1 quart water and 1/8 teaspoon baking soda. This is a trick I read about in a vegetarian cookbook (Nava Atlas maybe?) recipe for a Greek garbanzo bean soup. The baking soda helps the beans soften quicker and they give you a smoother, silkier hummus texture. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer about 1 hour, or until a bean can — carefully! HOT! — be squished easily. Drain and remember to reserve about 1/4 cup cooking liquid to make your hummus!
  4. There! Now continue with the recipe as directed for your very own homemade from scratch hummus!

hummus recipe


  1. Hilah Cooking on March 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Put on a bra, you dirty hippie!

  2. Sacre Bleu Wine on March 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm
  3. Scott K on March 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I absolutely loved your video!!!! Great recipe too, thanks. If you'd like, check out my blog (nowhere near as good as your videos)>

    • Hilah Cooking on March 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks, Scott! Your recipes look aweseome!

  4. ladeeleroy on March 31, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Chick pees is my favorite Hot As Shits song that was never written.

    • Hilah Cooking on March 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm

      “Let me Pee-entertain You” is my favorite.

  5. Pierre on March 31, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I don't know if 'Dorky' is the right word… hmm… hahaha.
    I like “wateva” roll you've got. 🙂
    Here is some funny stuff about hummus

    • Hilah Cooking on March 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm

      Hey, Pierre! I love your blog! How'd you find me? I have some friends in Nelson, NZ – small world. But the internet is huge so that makes up for it.

  6. Allan Mott on April 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Two cloves of garlic?!?!? Are we making this for our elderly grandmother who was raised to believe that any food with a discernible flavour was the work of the Devil? I tell ya, it ain't proper hummus unless a single chip's worth is enough to make you a social pariah for at least three days after consumption!

    Oh, and I always throw a little bit of meat into mine just to spite any vegans who might want to have some. I'm hardcore like that.

  7. Dave on July 19, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Do you know what size the can of chick peas is? I’ve seen 15oz and 29oz cans?

    Thanks! – the hummus looks great

    • Hilah on July 19, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Hi Dave! It was 15 ounce.

  8. PJ Brunet on September 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Shared. Hummus is so boring but it’s my favorite.

    • Hilah on September 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Ha! Yes, you’re right. It is totally boring and delicious 🙂

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