The Simplest Hummus

I ate a lot of hummus while I was visiting my family in New Jersey.  When I got back to Mountain View, I decided to make my own.  I checked out some recipes, but nothing looked right.  They all called for tahini and I have none!  So I improvised.  This recipe was simple and turned out great.  Chickpeas are so nutritious and this is a great vegan/vegetarian option to get some protein.  (I have a secret – I’ve been vegetarian for the last few weeks and I’m trying to stick with it.  Not even seafood this time!  Wish me luck.)

The Simplest Hummus



  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained (but save the liquid)
  • 1 garlic clove (or more if you like)
  • <1 tablespoon olive oil (to taste)
  • dash of salt
  • spices – garlic powder, chili powder, dried oregano, cumin, and ground pepper




  1. Lightly pulse the garlic clove in a small food processor (or you can use a blender, or a mortar & pestle).  Add the chickpeas, salt, and spices.
  2. Pulse some more.  Add some of the liquid from the chickpeas.  Pulse, pulse.  Add the olive oil.  Pulse.
  3. Continue to add chickpea liquid and pulse until it’s at your desired consistency.
  4. Enjoy!  Top with olives, more dried oregano, or other spices or your choice and serve with veggies, pitas, etc…


I’ve enjoyed this with raw veggies (carrots, cauliflower, and mushrooms mostly) and also spread on toast.  Delicious!  Hummus is such a lovely snack and a perfect way to start the new year.

19 Comments on The Simplest Hummus

  1. Megan
    2 January, 2009 at 10:06 pm (8 years ago)

    o0o0o it looks so goooood! i love hummus, so nutritious 🙂

  2. HangryPants
    2 January, 2009 at 10:34 pm (8 years ago)

    Everyone is making hummus today! You, Tina and Kath. Love it!

  3. Sharon
    2 January, 2009 at 11:03 pm (8 years ago)

    I have actually never tried hummus before!!

  4. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    2 January, 2009 at 11:03 pm (8 years ago)

    I’ve never made hummus without tahini. If I’m out, I just substitute some other nut butter. Glad to know it’s still good without. Best of luck with your vegetarian goals. You can do it…especially with lots of yummy hummus and fresh veggies around. 🙂

  5. VeggieGirl
    3 January, 2009 at 6:47 am (8 years ago)

    Simply yet PERFECT!!

  6. VeggieGirl
    3 January, 2009 at 6:48 am (8 years ago)


  7. Madison Song
    3 January, 2009 at 9:09 am (8 years ago)

    wow that sounds really simple! it looks really good too. i know, its not like i ever have tahini around either haha

  8. K
    3 January, 2009 at 10:30 am (8 years ago)

    GOOD LUCK!! You can do it!

    Love the recipe! The easier, the better 🙂

  9. Emily
    3 January, 2009 at 1:31 pm (8 years ago)

    Looks like a great and simple recipe!

  10. Sagan
    3 January, 2009 at 2:06 pm (8 years ago)

    I have a hummus recipe almost exactly like that; it’s SO good!

    Good luck with being vegetarian!! Keep us posted on how it goes.

  11. Kim
    3 January, 2009 at 2:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Hummus is one of those things I wish I liked but don’t really. Every few months or so I give it another try though so hopefully one of these days I can add it to the list of things I eat. I never realized it’s so easy to make though, I always buy it in store for the bf and it’s easily $4 or $5 for a small container.. I think I might try making my own next time!

    Anyways, good luck with the vegetarianism 😀

  12. gary
    3 January, 2009 at 4:04 pm (8 years ago)

    I like hummus with lemon juice AND lately? SUN DRIED tomatos. YUMMO!

  13. Meg Wolff
    3 January, 2009 at 5:05 pm (8 years ago)

    Nice Maggie,
    That does sound simple. My style too. Chickpeas are also a good source of calcium.

  14. Erin
    4 January, 2009 at 10:31 am (8 years ago)

    Oh yum! Fresh hummus is the best!
    Good luck eating veg! I thought you were vegetarian for the longest time because you so rarely eat meat as it is. 🙂

  15. Peggy
    5 January, 2009 at 10:43 am (8 years ago)

    The best hummus recipe I have come across is in one of the Moosewood cookbooks and it has an orange twist to it…and yes, it calls for sesame tahini. Makes it very rich and creamy and a little bit goes a long way. Seems to me you have posted about other nut/seed butters…one of these might be a neat substitute for tahini.

  16. Jude
    8 January, 2009 at 2:12 am (8 years ago)

    Mmmm nothing but chickpeas.. Sounds good to me. After the holidays, simple recipes like this are more than welcome 🙂

  17. Angie (Losing It and Loving It)
    2 February, 2009 at 7:57 pm (8 years ago)

    WOW this is a simple recipe. Thanks so much for pointing me towards this link earlier.

  18. Jaclyn
    19 August, 2009 at 12:15 am (7 years ago)

    Am so glad i found this! Hummus w/o tahini. In Malaysia, Tahini is expensive.. so i don’t make hummus..
    Thanks for the recipe!

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