The BEST Hummus Recipe

This is the BEST Hummus recipe that’s not only fast and easy, it’s also super creamy and delicious. Made from a handful of fresh ingredients, including chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin and garlic, it comes together in less than 3 minutes in your Vitamix.

Of course, you can make hummus in a food processor as well, but it’s ultra creamy when made in your Vitamix (and that’s my preferred method).

Hummus recipe on a plate.

Hummus, oh how I love thee. I love hummus in all the different flavor variations, including roasted red pepper, roasted beet, green hummus, roasted cauliflower hummus, artichoke, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomato, basil pesto and more.

But there’s nothing quite like the classic hummus recipe. It’s versatile, delicious and can be used as a dip or spread in just about anything. And homemade hummus? Well that’s just the freshest, tastiest hummus you’ve ever eaten. Once you make it, you’ll never go back to store-bought. Promise.

Watch How Easy it is to Make Hummus

Even though hummus is easy to make, I recommend watching my quick video below as it walks you through the process step-by-step. Give it a watch!

The Health Benefits of Hummus

Chickpeas are wonderful for gut health as they’re loaded with fiber and keep things moving through your digestive system (in other words, they help with constipation). But here’s the really good part. The type of fiber they’re loaded with is insoluble fiber – the kind that helps to lower “bad” cholesterol while feeding the “good” gut bugs in your microbiome.

That’s because insoluble fiber doesn’t break down until it hits the large intestine. And when it does hit the large intestine, those good gut bugs feed off the insoluble fiber, creating short-chain-fatty-acids, giving you energy and protecting the health of your colon.

Taking a scoop of the hummus recipe.

Fresh Chickpeas vs Canned Chickpeas

When it comes to hummus you’ll have purists say that properly soaked chickpeas should be used over canned for the best, most traditional flavor. And they may be right. But I’ve tried this recipe both ways and the difference was negligible. Therefore, I tend to opt for canned as it’s easier.

Should You Make Hummus in a Food Processor or Blender?

You can make hummus in either a food processor or high-powered blender, but I find that homemade hummus in my Vitamix comes out faster and smoother than a food processor.

The high power of a Vitamix blender also means that you don’t have to remove the skins of the chickpeas as they’re easily pulverized into a creamy texture. Unfortunately, that’s not the case when using a food processor. So that creamy texture and quick speed is what makes using my Vitamix my preferred method. I mean, who can beat 3 minutes, right?

Hummus recipe on a white plate.

How to Make the Best Hummus Recipe

I make this recipe almost weekly as it’s incredibly easy to make. And once you make it, I’m sure you’ll have it on repeat as well. Here’s what you do:

  1. Add the chickpeas to your blender and make sure to reserve the liquid (it’s called aquafaba). If you forget and accidentally toss it, no worries, just use water.
  2. Add the tahini (which I also make in my Vitamix), olive oil, fresh lemons, garlic, cumin and salt to the blender. Use two garlic cloves for your basic hummus, but if you’re a garlic lover like me, feel free to add more. Roasted garlic is also divine.
  3. Turn your Vitamix on high and use the tamper as you would when making almond butter to push the ingredients into the blades. After 30 seconds, it should be fully blended.
  4. Your hummus will be thick, creamy and smooth. If you’d like a thinner consistency, just add a bit more aquafaba or water until it’s your desired consistency.
  5. To serve, add a few large, heaping spoonfuls to a plate or bowl and give it a swish depression on top. This creates a little divot for your olive oil to stay in. Then sprinkle some paprika and add fresh parsley.

And that’s how easy it is to make beautiful, easy, healthy hummus that’s fresher and tastier than store-bought!

A healthy, homemade hummus recipe that's super easy - it comes together in less than 3-minutes! It also tastes better than anything you can buy in the store.
The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.
The best hummus recipe that's made from fresh ingredients. It's easy to make in your Vitamix blender.

More Delicious Homemade Hummus Recipes

Here are some absolutely delicious flavor variations of this classic hummus recipe. And if you need more inspiration on what to do with your next can of chickpeas – give these chickpea recipes a try!

Hummus recipe on a white plate.

The BEST Hummus Recipe (in 3 Minutes!)

5 from 173 votes
Prep Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Yield: 4 cups
Author: Lisa Bryan
This healthy, homemade hummus is super easy and tastes better than anything store-bought. Watch my video above to see how quickly this hummus recipe comes together!


  • 30 oz canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained with liquid reserved (I use two 15oz cans)
  • 1/3 cup chickpea liquid, or more, as needed
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • olive oil
  • paprika
  • fresh parsley


  • Add all the ingredients to your Vitamix or high-powered blender and secure the lid. Remove the lid cap and insert the tamper.
  • Turn the blender on high for 30 seconds (or more for a creamier texture) and use the tamper to push the hummus into the blades. Add more chickpea liquid (aquafaba), if desired, for a softer hummus.
  • Add the hummus to a serving plate and garnish with olive oil, paprika and fresh parsley.

Lisa’s Tips

  • The hummus will last for up to a week in the fridge, if kept in a sealed container. You can also freeze the hummus in sealed containers for future use, then just thaw as needed. It’s actually one of the most common foods I meal prep on a regular basis as it’s so easy.
  • Don’t forget that you can also make tahini yourself (rather than buying in the store). Just follow my tahini recipe.
  • The Vitamix blender I use is the Vitamix Ascent 3500 – and I love it!
  • 1 cup of dried chickpeas = 3 cups of soaked and cooked chickpeas = approx 30 ounces canned chickpeas


Calories: 166kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 80mg, Potassium: 212mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 24IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: best hummus recipe, how to make hummus, hummus, hummus recipe
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This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years). All thoughts and opinions are my own. The original recipe was posted June 2017, but recently updated with new photos and information. 

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449 comments on “The BEST Hummus Recipe”

  1. I halved this recipe to blend in vitamix personal blending cup and it came out great. Thank you! 5 stars

  2. My Family loves this recipe!   I make a batch every other week.  Have also added roasted red peppers to make a pepper version!!5 stars

  3. Will the recipe work if I halve it?

    • It’s best not to halve this one as your Vitamix needs a certain quantity in it to blend properly.

  4. This is so delicious! After making it for the first time, I vowed never to buy store hummus again. Just made it for the second time and am so so happy!! 5 stars

  5. I eat a lot of hummus and I have to agree with the title – it really is the best hummus ever. Ridiculously easy to make too. I love it!

  6. Very delicious and easy to make! I love it

  7. This recipe was easy and delicious. I made it using my food processor.5 stars

  8. Delicious! easy peezy :)5 stars

  9. I made this. Loved it. Tried other recipes and came back to yours. It’s the best.  Only change I make is to add a little ice to make it extra fluffy. Thx! 5 stars

  10. I call this recipe Awesome Hummus!
    Very easy to make. Once blended I took out 1/2 the Hummus to keep it plain and added fresh basil to the other half. YUM!!! I don’t think I’ll ever buy premade Hummus again.
    Looking forward to adding additional flavors next time (cilantro, red pepper..)
    Also looking forward to making my own Tahini too.
    Thanks Lisa!5 stars

  11. I received a Vitamix for Christmas and this was my first hummus recipe to try in it. I actually love homemade hummus but used to boil the chickpeas in baking soda water to soften them up (the whole process took over half an hour). Now I don’t need to boil them with this recipe. It was fast and actually better than my normal one. My whole family loved it. Thank you!! We are so impressed!5 stars

  12. Hi There

    Can you indicate what the serving size is for the calorie count you provided? Can’t wait to make this!



    • Hi Jan – the nutritional information will always be per serving :)

      • Love the recipe, but I too struggle with serving size given measures change in different parts of the world. For others struggling I’ve calculated as follows: Makes 4 cups & 16 serves, therefore each serve is 1/4 US cup or 2oz dry weight (unsure if hummus counts as a solid or a liquid!) This equates to 60g in metric. Hope that helps!5 stars

    • This recipe yields 4 cups and states there are 16 servings, so the serving size would be a quarter of a cup.

  13. The BEST hummus I ever made!!!  Thank you Lisa for this delicious recipe!!!!!


  14. Do you need cooked chick peas or uncooked chickpeas! 

  15. This is absolutely delicious! Just wondering if you would know how to flavour this to make lemon & coriander hummus? I’ve tried and failed miserably, cannot get the correct ratio of lemon & coriander5 stars

  16. Ooommmggggg!!!! Just made this first time n I’m licking it out of the blender like ice cream! Definitely better than any store bought hummus I’ve purchased in the past! Thank you for you amazing nutritious and delicious recipes…keep em coming5 stars

  17. I’m never buying hummus again. So delicious and incredibly easy recipe.

  18. Thank you for the recipes for both the hummus AND the tahini. It’s so good to know that I can make this whole recipe from scratch.5 stars

  19. Delish,, fast and fresh! I served ours on a platter topped with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds & served with fresh veggies and pita5 stars

  20. After all these years of making hummus in my food processor, the Vitamix will now be my goto kitchen appliance for making hummus. 

  21. Hi Lisa!
    No lemons in house, can I use limes? If so, how many? Thanks!!5 stars

  22. The best, tastiest and the easiest hummus recipe!
    Thanks Lisa5 stars

  23. Absolutely the best. Great flavour & consistency, you’re right won’t ever buy store bought again!5 stars

  24. Great Hummus! My teenagers devoured it!
    I always use my Food Processor but the Vitamix worked so much better. I just wish it was easier to get it out from under the blades hate to wastes any of it ;)5 stars

  25. This hummus was amazing!! I have never been a fan of chickpeas, but since iv been doing the daniel fast iv been looking for things to eat and i tried this this evening and i love it! So yum!! Thanks for sharing. 5 stars

  26. Delicious and perfect!!  Thank you!!5 stars