Classic Hummus

BY : PUBLISHED : December 22nd, 2020 UPDATED: October 17th, 2022

If you have been experimenting with your hummus recipes and adding some zing with red pepper, beets, or avocado, then we salute you! We love experimenting with basic and classic recipes, but there comes a time when you should consider going back to basics. This is one of those cases because a Classic Hummus recipe is and will always be perfect. Brace yourself for this creamy and uber delicious hummus spread!

Dip or Spread?

There seems to be a big debacle going on (since forever!) about whether hummus is a spread or a dip. We must admit, it is a tricky territory to navigate but we are happy to report that this topic is not up for discussion. It’s both and that is one of the million reasons why we love it so much. We can all agree that it is the perfect dip for some crackers, veggie sticks, and the master centerpiece for a festive veggie tray. But we can’t deny that hummus is also the perfect spread for a colorful wrap or veggie sandwich. We couldn’t love this Classic Hummus dip/spread more!

From Classic to Novelty

One of the beauties of having a go-to hummus recipe is that you can always customize it for different occasions or seasons. From a classic to novelty with only a few extra steps or ingredients. Let’s see which options we have:

  • Red Pepper Hummus: You can roast some red peppers in the oven (or stovetop!) and add them to the blender along with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Green Pistachio Hummus: Say you scored a great deal of pistachios this week, time to add them to your blender and make some green hummus!
  • Pink Hummus: If pink is what you’re after, then beets are your best friend! You can buy them pre-boiled at the grocery store and roast them with some olive oil in the oven before adding them to your blender.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

A small bowl filled with classic chickpea hummus that is topped with olive oil.
completed classic hummus in a bowl topped with oil and chickpeas

Classic Hummus

Toni Okamoto
Sometimes you just have to go back to basics. This creamy and delicious Classic Hummus is the perfect example! A true keeper!
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Moroccan
Servings 6 servings
Calories 126 kcal
METHOD Blender
DIET Vegan


  • 15 ounces of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup of tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • Garnish: 1 teaspoon of Olive oil and ½ teaspoon of cumin


  • In a food processor or blender, blend all the ingredients on high until completely smooth.
  • To garnish drizzle the olive and sprinkle cumin on top.



Using a high-powered blender or small food processor is necessary here.
For a smoother end result you can always rub the skins off the chickpeas before combining ingredients.


Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 5gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 202mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 23IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 2mg
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Disclaimer: Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the product type, the brand that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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