Homemade Hummus

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There are a lot of ways to spell hummus (hummous, hummos, houmous, etc.), but you know what I’m talking about, right? Last weekend we went on a little shopping spree at Bed Bath & Beyond and we bought our first food processor (it comes in so many pretty colors!). I knew the first thing I wanted to make in it was hummus. I’ve wanted to make my own forever but you can’t really make it in the Magic Bullet and that’s all I had before. 

I ate a big plate of this for dinner with homemade pita bread and Stacy’s Pita Chips. Have you tried those pita chips? The “simply naked” ones are my favorite snack. I eat way too many in a sitting. Hummus isn’t really easy to photograph. Believe me when I say it’s really good. This recipe is so simple, there’s really no reason to buy pre-made hummus from the store. Plus, it’s easily customizable – if you want more lemon or garlic, or whatever, just add it. 
Side story: I was out of lemons and we were near Walmart so I ran in to grab some. What they were selling were a sad excuse for lemons. I could fit three of them in my hand. They were like little, baby lemons. One of the many (many, many) reasons I don’t shop at Walmart.
Homemade Hummus is so much better than store bought! And so easy to make | Persnickety Plates

Homemade Hummus is so much better than store bought! And so easy to make | Persnickety Plates


Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Homemade hummus is sooo much better than store bought!
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Servings 2 cups


  • 2 cups chickpeas drained & rinsed
  • ¼ cup tahini sesame paste
  • cup warm water or 2 Tb + 2 teaspoons - I eyeballed it
  • cup olive oil same here, half of 1/3 cup eyeballed
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground smoked cumin
  • freshly ground pepper to taste


  • Combine chickpeas, tahini, warm water, olive oil, and juice of 1 lemon in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process until smooth and creamy.
  • Add garlic, salt, cumin, and pepper to taste, and process to blend. Taste and correct seasoning if necessary. Add more lemon juice to taste.
  • Scrape into storage container and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • I drizzled olive oil on top & sprinkled with paprika

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  1. stephanie says

    yum! hummus is a staple in our house!

  2. Ali W. says

    I love your blog! Okay…this looks so good. I am going to the grocery store today and I think I am going to buy some of those chips! I used to love them at college!

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