A Great Hummus Recipe – with Variations!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE hummus. It is tasty, satisfying and something I reach for if I am feeling munchy because it it fills me up! I often eat it on organic tortilla chips (my addiction), carrots or cucumbers. It also makes a great replacement on sandwiches or wraps instead of using icky-ingredient-filled mayonnaise.

Here is a great recipe for hummus that I received from my friend Meredith who gave me permission to share it. It has been the best hummus recipe I have found so far. Many of the ingredients can be altered based on your preference (I always add more garlic!) so it is very versatile! I also usually double or triple the batch and then stick some in the freezer. Making extra is a GREAT way to keep your Real Food journey more simple and frugal – not to mention time-saving! I do it often!

I always use dry beans – for several reasons. First, I am leary of most canned items from the store because of the BPA they spray on the linings. Also, it is MUCH more frugal to buy dry beans. AND, it’s healthier. To learn more about why you’d want to soak your dry beans, read this article over at Healthy Home Economist.

Now that you are all educated on beans and soaking, here’s the recipe:


2 cups garbanzo beans, soaked overnight and then cooked (Buy Beans Here)
5 Tbs. Tahini 
1/4 to 1/2 tsp real salt , depending on your taste (Buy Salt Here)
1/2 cup lemon juice
2-3 cloves of garlic (or more if you like)
3 Tbs. olive oil (Buy Olive Oil Here)
1/4 cup water 
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
2. Add water a little at a time until it reaches desired consistency.
3. Serve and enjoy!

You can change it up a bit by adding any of these extra ingredients in any combination:

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 Tbs. chopped parsley (also as a garnish)

4 oz. chopped peppers (bell, jalapeno, habenero, chili, whatever your palate desires)

1/2 cup kalamata olives

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes


This was shared at: Pennywise Platter, Raw Foods Thursday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Family Table Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays, Traditional Tuesdays


 Photo Credit


  1. Leave a Reply

    September 30, 2012

    I’m a hummus FREAK! Thanks for sharing it at Raw Foods Thursdays. I love that you start with soaked garbanzo beans. It’s so easy sucked into the canned habit. (guilty)  Love a T. of toasted sesame oil in mine!

    • Leave a Reply

      December 10, 2012

      If you have a pressure canner, it is very easy to can your own(organic) dry beans (garbanzos, pintos, kidney etc.) and so very convenient to have on hand, for a fraction of what you pay at the store. A pint jar of home canned beans will have almost twice the beans, much less water and just as much (real) salt as you like. There are plenty of tutorial online for those interested. I find I use beans much more if I do have home canned ones on hand.

      • Leave a Reply

        December 14, 2012

        @ChildrenoftheLord Good idea! I don’t have a pressure cooker but if and when i do, this sounds like a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing!

  1. Talking to Young Kids about Real Food - Real Food Eater - […] Homemade Hummus with veggies […]
  2. 10 Money Saving Tips for Real Food Eaters - […] Some of my bean-containing recipes:  Beef & Bean Casserole, Bean & Sausage Soup, Homemade Hummus […]
  3. After-School Snacks, a Confession and My Upcoming Series » Real Food Eater - [...] Basically, you fill muffin cups with a variety of healthy snack options. It helps kids have choices and the…
  4. My Buying Club and What I Got in My Green PolkaDot Box Today! (plus the winner of the $25 Laptop Lunches giveaway!) » Real Food Eater - [...] • canned organic garbanzo beans (because I forgot to order the 5lb bag of dried ones through our other…
  5. Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Real Food Eaters - Real Food Eater - [...] My favorite brand is Cuisinart…I have the 11-cup one from about 8 years ago, and this 12-cup version is…
  6. Roasted Eggplant Dip (Baba Ganoush) - Real Food Eater - [...] days ago and ate the whole bowl myself. No joke. I am usually a hummus girl (LOVE this recipe for Homemade…

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge