Authentic Hummus Recipe

Authentic Hummus Recipe

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If you like hummus, you are in luck; today I’m sharing my authentic hummus recipe with you! Although everyone is familiar with hummus these days, I remember a time when I would take some to a potluck and no one knew what it was. At times, I had to practically beg my co-workers to just taste it. In fact, I even had to bribe my husband to try it by making a spicy version (I’ll tell you about it later in this post). Not to brag, but my home-made authentic hummus recipe is a million times better than anything you can find in a store. Once you learn how easy it is to make, you’ll never buy already-made hummus again!

authentic hummus recipe

The Origin of Hummus

Hummus has been a staple in the Middle East for hundreds of years. In fact, the earliest recorded recipe dates back to the 13th century. “Hummus” is the Arabic word for “chickpeas.”  In the Middle East, this dish is actually called “Hummus bi Tahina” which means “chickpeas with tahini.” Besides being served with pita bread as “Mezza” or “appetizer,” it is also served as an accompaniment to stews, falafelschickenkabobs, and shawarma.

authentic hummus recipe

What Are the Ingredients in my Authentic Hummus Recipe?

This is a fairly simple recipe; probably one of the simplest I’ll ever share. In fact, the only tools you will need a food processor. Most of the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket, except maybe tahini paste. If you don’t want to purchase tahini online, you can make it yourself using my simple two-ingredient recipe. The other ingredients include canned chickpeas, lemon juice, fresh garlic, olive oil, and salt.


Spicy Hummus Recipe

Did you know that by simply adding jalapeños, you can take traditional hummus to a whole new level? Just ask my husband, Scott, who loves his hummus extra spicy. He thought he didn’t like hummus, until the day I added a few jalapeños. He’s loved it ever since. Besides jalapeños, consider adding other favorite ingredients to get a variety of flavors. Not sure what to add? How about some roasted sweet peppers, avocados, olives, or roasted garlic? Take it a step further by adding other spices to get even more varieties. I’d love to hear about the add-ins you prefer!

authentic hummus recipe

For other great dips try the following recipes: Creamy Yogurt and Purselane Dip, Vegetarian Pasty Recipe (Julleh), and Layered Mexican Bean Dip. Be sure to check out my Healthy Mediterranean Recipes post!

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authentic hummus recipe
Authentic Hummus Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Authentic hummus recipe

Course: Appetizers, Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 195 kcal
  • 1 15 oz canned garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup olive oil divided
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh
  • 3 T tahini
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic (or fresh garlic)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika (or cayenne pepper)
  1. Drain garbanzo bean, reserving a few tablespoons of the liquid for later use. Add garbanzo beans to a food processor, along with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Reserve the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Add the reserved garbanzo beans liquid to achieve the right consistency. ​

  3. To serve, transfer to a plate and smooth with the back of a spoon. Pour the remaining olive oil over the hummus. Sprinkle with paprika, or cayenne.

Nutrition Facts
Authentic Hummus Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 595mg26%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 thoughts on “Authentic Hummus Recipe”

  • Omgosh! I love a good hummus and this one is KILLER! My daughter decided to make this and fresh pita for an appetizer on thanksgiving…it was a hit! Love that you can adjust the flavor to your own liking too. And warm pita bread…oh dear…SO GOOD! And easy! I NEED easy ! There was a store bought hummus at the party that went untouched…ours was devoured!

  • You would use the same directions as canned chickpeas. However, even if they soak overnight, they still will need to be cooked for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, or until tender. Then proceed with the recipe steps. Good luck!

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