This hummus recipe is the best ever! It’s a slightly spicy take on a classic recipe and will soon become your go-to hummus recipe!
I love hummus. Like really truly love it. And it’s something we eat almost daily.
One of the best things about living in Dubai was that there was always freshly made hummus everywhere and it was really, really good.
The benefits of making your own hummus are numerous. First off, you get to be a person who makes their own hummus.
That’s some serious cred right there.
This is really a classic hummus recipe that we then added a small spicy kick to. The spicy kick is entirely optional but if you like spicy food then you’ll enjoy the addition of a little hotness to this classic dish.
And if you love all things hummus then also check out our roasted red pepper hummus, it’s totally divine.
How To Make Homemade Hummus
Full instructions and measurements can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. This is just a summary of the process to go along with the photos.
- Soak crushed garlic in freshly squeezed lemon juice for 5 minutes.
- Then add chickpeas to the food processor along with the garlic and lemon juice, tahini and some cold water and process until chunky.
- Then add in some salt, cumin, olive oil and more cold water and process until smooth.
- Add a little cayenne pepper or cajun spice (optional) and process again until smooth.
Fresh Garlic and Lemon Juice: It’s ideal to crush your own garlic for this hummus so that it’s really fresh. And then it’s also ideal if the lemon juice is freshly squeezed. You soak the crushed garlic in the fresh lemon juice for 5 minutes so that it takes some of the bite out of the raw garlic and the end result is really tasty.
Tahini: A good quality tahini is also really important and to this end, I like to use a tahini that tastes pretty good on its own. Soom is a great brand that you can get on Amazon.
The Spice Factor: So the spiciness comes about from a little cayenne pepper. You can also use cajun spice or even a dash of chili powder. This part is entirely optional, and it’s also a very good idea to add a small amount to start and taste test and then add more as you like.
Getting it smooth: When it comes to hummus you get the best taste and texture when it’s really smooth. The best way to get it smooth is just to let your food processor run for a good few minutes! If your food processor isn’t up to the task of getting it really smooth, then an optional additional step is to move it to your blender for a final blend before serving.
How To Serve Hummus
Serve it with a sprinkle of paprika, a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh chopped parsley. Some pita breads for dipping or some fresh veggies are also a great choice.
Hummus is also great to use as a spread for sandwiches or on top of a baked potato!
Storing and Freezing
Keep your hummus stored in the fridge (covered) where it will stay good for around 3 days.
It is also freezer friendly if you’d like to freeze some. Just place it in a freezer safe container with a little extra room as it can expand when frozen. Put it in the fridge to thaw when you’re ready for it.
More Hummus Recipes
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Creamy Avocado Hummus
- Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus
- Pumpkin Hummus
- Creamy Roasted Garlic Hummus
Did you make this recipe? Be sure to leave a comment and rating below!
- Sprinkle Paprika
- Olive Oil Extra Virgin, For Drizzling
- Fresh Parsley Chopped
- Pita Breads
- Soak the crushed garlic in the freshly squeezed lemon juice for 5 minutes.
- Then add the drained chickpeas to the food processor along with the garlic and lemon juice, tahini and 2 Tbsp of cold water and process until chunky.
- Then add in the salt, cumin, olive oil and remaining cold water and process until smooth.
- Add the cayenne pepper (optional) and process again until smooth.
- Soaking the garlic in the lemon juice helps to take some of the bite out of the raw garlic.
- Use a good tasting tahini. Soom is a great brand that you can get on Amazon.
- The cayenne pepper is optional. It’s a good idea to add in ¼ teaspoon first and then taste test and see if you want to add more. Or leave it out altogether. You can also use cajun spice or chili powder.
- To get your hummus smooth let your food processor run for a good few minutes! If your food processor isn’t up to the task of getting it really smooth, then an optional additional step is to move it to your blender for a final blend before serving.
Could I make this without olive oil? Maybe just increase the tahini by a tablespoon? Thanks! Love all your recipes – especially the No-Fail Whole Wheat bread. Yum!
Alison Andrews says
Hi Cindy, yes you definitely can! Add in a little more cold water instead of the oil and it will work great. 🙂