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How To Make Perfect Hummus

An incredibly smooth hummus recipe that can be prepared using either chickpeas or white beans! 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: hummus
Servings: 12
Calories: 99kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can white beans (such as cannellini) or chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup well-stirred tahini
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup ice water
  • 1 small or 1/2 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice (approximately 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional for serving: toasted pita or vegetables


  • Drain the beans (no need to rinse). If using chickpeas, peel each one individually and discard the skins.
  • Add the tahini to a food processor and pulse several times. Turn the machine on and slowly add 1/4 cup of ice water. If the tahini is clumping, add the additional 1/4 cup water 1-2 tablespoons at a time. Puree for 1-2 minutes, until the tahini is a whipped, creamy consistency. Scrape down the bowl.
  • Add the beans and garlic, then puree until smooth. Turn the machine back on and slowly add the olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
  • Taste, and adjust the seasoning if desired.


Recipe prep time reflects using white beans. Add 10 minutes if peeling chickpeas.


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 45mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.5mg