The Key to Perfect Hummus, Every Time

A recipe for all the hummus lovers out there!

Let’s discuss the KEY to making delicious hummus.  There are actually two:

  1. LOTS of tahini.  I’ve found that an abundance of tahini gives the hummus a really rich, creamy texture, and a great taste.  I used half a cup in this recipe.  All the power to you if you decide to use more.  P.S., tahini is a paste created from ground and often toasted sesame seeds.  Also known as sesame paste or sesame butter.  (Think peanut butter but sesame seed butter).  
  2. Reserve and utilize the cooking liquid.  Save some of the water you used to cook the chickpeas in, or the liquid you drained off the chickpeas out of the can.  It really adds to the perfect consistency and texture of the hummus.  

So, there you have it!  Below is the recipe I’ve developed for my fave hummus.  Start here and add/subtract, increase/reduce ingredients to your liking.  Trust me, you won’t be complaining about all the recipe testing. 😉

Servings 8 Author Kaylee Woolhether


  • 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas*
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water from cooking chickpeas or from chickpea can
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika


  1. Place tahini, lemon juice, and cooking water in a food processor** and blend for 1-2 minutes, until creamy.  
  2. Add spices and garlic, continue processing until combined.
  3. Next, add in the chickpeas and blend. 
  4. Lastly, add the olive oil, drizzling into the processor as it runs.
  5. I topped mine with a pinch of paprika, some parsley, and a drizzle of olive oil. Dip with or spread on whatever you like!

Recipe Notes

* Note on chickpeas- you can deskin them if you wish/ are patient enough.  Some say it creates a smoother hummus, my jury is still out on that one.  Personally, I don’t bother deskinning.  
** You can use a high speed blender for this as well.  I prefer a food processor as it’s easier to scrape all out the hummus after.  

This is a base recipe for hummus.  You can create different flavours by adding in some sun dried tomatoes or roasted red pepper.  If you get crazy and add in some caramelized onion… please share!!!  Hehe.  Happy hummusing.