Make Your Own Hummus

By Jane Olcott , last updated February 4, 2011

Hummus is a flavorful and healthy snack or appetizer that goes well with warm pita bread, and you can easily make your own. Hummus is a Middle Eastern dish and the word “hummus” means “chickpea” in Arabic. Hummus dates back to Egypt 7,000 years ago. Today, hummus is more popular than ever, and you can find for sale in your local grocery store. For less than it would cost you in the store, you can take five minutes to make your own hummus with a few inexpensive ingredients.

What You Need

To make your hummus, you will need the following ingredients: 1 clove of garlic, a 19 ounce can of drained garbanzo beans, 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of tahini, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper and ½ a cup of olive oil. In addition to your ingredients, you will need a food processor. You will also need measuring spoons, measuring cups, a serving spoon and a small serving bowl.


Place your garlic into your food processor and chop the garlic. Add the drained garbanzo beans, 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of tahini, salt, pepper and your ½ cup of olive oil. Blend your ingredients in your food processor. If your hummus seems to be a little dry, add another tablespoon of olive oil and mix. You have no made hummus. For a little more creativity, you can add 1 to 2 roasted peppers to your plain hummus. Make sure you chop the peppers before adding them to your food processor to be blended into the mixture. If you add roasted peppers from a jar, make sure to drain them of all their liquid before adding them to your hummus.

Use your serving spoon to transfer your hummus from your food processor to your small serving bowl. Serve your hummus with warm pita. Your hummus will serve 4 to 6 guests.

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