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Easy Hummus Recipe

Ditch the Tub For Homemade Hummus

Like many a San Franciscan, I'm more than a little bit obsessed with Bi-Rite Market, a gourmet food shop that sells everything from ridiculously creamy salted caramel ice cream to beautifully fresh seafood, as well as a plethora of other specialty goods. And like many, I rarely set out for an afternoon in the park without stopping by to fill my picnic basket with a bottle of sparkling rosé, a selection of Bi-Rite's ooziest cheeses and juiciest berries, and a tub of exceptionally bright store-made hummus.

This shockingly simple recipe is straight from the source, so whether you find yourself in San Francisco or not, you can sate your craving for this picnic and snack time staple.

Easy Hummus

Easy Hummus


To make the cumin/coriander blend, toast 2 tablespoons each of the whole spices in a sauté pan on low heat until aromatic and lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Once cooled, grind in a coffee grinder reserved for spices; a mortar and pestle also works. For smoother hummus, peel the chickpeas before adding to the food processor.

Easy Hummus


  1. 2 large garlic cloves, smashed
  2. 1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (from a 15oz can, drained and rinsed)
  3. 3 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, more as needed
  4. 3 tablespoons warm water, more as needed
  5. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground toasted cumin/coriander combo (or 1/8 teaspoon each if not making the blend)
  8. Pinch of cayenne pepper
  9. Kosher salt
  10. Toasted pine nuts, for garnish, optional
  11. Finely chopped parsley, for garnish, optional


  1. Put the garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to chop. Add the garbanzo beans, lemon juice, water, olive oil, tahini, spices, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Blend until smooth, scraping down the bowl as you go.
  2. Taste and add more lemon juice or salt as needed; to get the right balance of flavors, it should taste bright with lemon juice, rather than heavy with beans and tahini. You can also adjust the consistency with a little more water, if you like (keep in mind that it will stiffen considerably when chilled).
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pine nuts and parsley before serving (if using).
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nuttmegs17 nuttmegs17 6 years
This is looks good, but I think Ina Garten's version is so perfect that I'm not sure I'll stray just yet: her's calls for garbanzo beans (of course), tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic....and hot sauce. The hot sauce is the secret b/c you cannot taste it, yet it somehow enhances the flavor. I usually have to make it multiple times a week since it's gone so fast! I also drizzle olive oil and smoked paprika on top before serving....hmmmmm, think i'll have some now....
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 8 years
thanks for the recipe! i put hummus on almost everything!
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
My favorite are: (it's whipped just right.) But, I've always wanted a hummus recipes - Thanks!
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
For the lazy, the BEST EVAH brand of store bought hummus is SABRA. It's in-freakin-credible. I would eat it with a spoon.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 9 years
I love hummus - It's such a delicious and healthy snack. Thanks so much for the recipe!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Yummy, I'll definitely spice mine up.
bellydancinmary bellydancinmary 9 years
I love hummus!
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