Easy Hummus

December 11, 2009

This quick easy vegan hummus recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make and is absolutely delicious!

Easy Hummus

This easy hummus is a staple in our house. Why buy hummus when homemade hummus is so simple.

My friends Stef, who makes the best authentic Lebanese hummus I’ve ever tasted says it’s sacrilege to make hummus with canned chickpeas and garlic. She says the secret is all in the slow cooked chickpeas and the lemon juice.

At many a girly lunch feast, Stef has come with her famous hummus, and we all madly lick the the bottom of the bowl with smiles on our faces. Her fridge is never without a bowl of hummus, and there’s always a healthy stash of Lebanese flat bread in the pantry. The first thing I say as I arrive at her house with excited anticipation is, “Paleeze tell me you’ve made some hummus!”

So, why am I not posting this fabulous famous recipe?

Because, sometimes we don’t have time to soak chickpeas for 24 hours, then rinse, simmer, and skim to get our fix. While I admit this extra work will yield more impressive results, I share this super quick version for those of you, who like me, are busy.

This super easy hummus is a crowd pleaser. Add tahini, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and cayenne to taste. I know I’m being lazy (by Stef’s standards), but this quick albeit inferior version is a far cry from the ubiquitous store bought varieties we’re used to eating at parties.

You won’t be disappointed, despite my underwhelming recommendation.

Other Low Carb Dips

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus
Beet Hummus
Raw Red Hummus without Chickpeas
Epic Edamame Dip
Cashew Cream Cheese Dip

Let me know what you think of this easy hummus recipe in the comments!

Your feedback is important, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.


Easy Hummus

This quick easy vegan hummus recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make and is absolutely delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 1/2 cups
Calories 1308 kcal
Author Tess Masters


  • 1/3  cup (80ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 (15oz/425g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons (45g) hulled tahini, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon (6g) Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) minced garlic (1 clove)
  • Pinch of ground cumin, plus more to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, plus more to taste (optional)
  • Pinch of sweet paprika, to serve


  1. Throw all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender, and blast on high until smooth and creamy. Tweak the tahini, lemon juice, salt, garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper to taste. 
  2. Garnish with sweet paprika and a drizzle of olive oil, and serve with chips, crackers, veggie sticks, or slathered on sandwiches or wraps.


Comments 25

  1. This was also a hit at my super bowl party. I have to admit though, I was too cheap to spring for the tahini. I don’t use it alot, so I couldn’t justify spending the money. SO, instead I used Naturally More peanut butter. Not a whole lot, but it worked brilliantly. All my snouts insisted that it was good stuff and still had nice kick. So if you’re in a pinch – turn to the peanut. 😀

  2. made this hummus tonight and had one big problem with it… it was WAY too good! i couldn’t stop eating it!! yummy!

  3. I made this last night and it certainly brought out the piggy in me! Yummmmmm! Thank you for helping me rediscover chickpeas 🙂

  4. “Easy 5 MInute Hummus” is very easy as recipe. Occasionally I make this quick y recipe to receive my friends. Last night it was fantastic! Oh :)(:

  5. Do you have the nutritional breakdown for this? I made it and loved it but want to know calories and fat in a serving. Thanks for the recipie

    1. Sorry Sean, I don’t have nutritional stats for the recipes on the site at the moment. I will add them gradually over the course of this year, as I get asked so often. Until then, please plug the recipe into third party software like nutrition data.

  6. I haven’t tried this yet (but I’m GOING TO!) – I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the ‘underwhelming’ recommendataion!

  7. Can’t find tahini in Costa Rica so I use spicy sesame oil. Have also put in fresh cilantro and/or black olives. Anything goes folks. Get imaginative. Pura Vida

  8. I just made this according to the measurements and it turned out so disgusting. I even added more garlic and olive oil and it was still gross. I’m not sure what went wrong but I know that I followed the directions to a T.

  9. Followed the recipe exactly and it was amazing! Quick and delicious as described. Your description is way too humble, this hummus is outstanding (my wife agrees). Thanks for sharing this treasure.

  10. Needed something tasty for my bread instead of jam or honey as we’re on a sugar free/dairy free diet and this was perfect. Super creamy although I did add an extra garlic clove. Divine.

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