Hummus, how do you make hummus? Normally I use 2-16 ounce cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed to make hummus in a blender with some of the extra seasonings listed below. Today I made hummus from scratch using bulk garbanzo beans. I soaked the beans overnight then drained the water. Next, I covered them with fresh water and cooked them for about an hour (until they were the right texture). You are basically cooking beans. Next, you drain them and they are ready to use.
You can substitute dry or canned black beans, pinto beans or white beans for the chickpeas/garbanzo beans. Just soak the bulk beans and cook as shown below. What’s really cool is you can make hummus from your dried beans, soaked and cooked as directed. Or you stock your pantry with your favorite beans, rinse and drain them and they are ready to make hummus with so many variations as shown below.
I remember paying about $8.00 for this tiny container of the most delicious organic red pepper hummus at a local health store. I thought to myself as I was dipping into that tasty dish with pita chips from Costco, I can make this. It can’t be that hard to make this stuff. Well, I am here to tell you it is very easy to make your favorite flavored hummus right at home at a fraction of the cost.
- 2 cups or more cooked beans drained the more you add the thicker the hummus becomes
- 2 cloves garlic minced or just throw in food processor whole (peeled)
- 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or lime juice
- 6 tablespoons tahini sesame seeds in oil - You can find this at your local grocery store Please do not scrimp on the Tahini/Tahina.
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
- ½ cup -3/4 cup water amount of water determines texture - thick or thin
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or cilantro my favorite
Place all of the above ingredients in a food processor with only ½ cup of the water. Blend until just combined. Add additional water until you reach the consistency you like. If too runny...add more beans. If too thick....add a little water.
Please note I used a blender, but you can use a hand potato masher, a mixer, a Ninja, Magic Bullet, food processor, etc. I can't believe I had been buying hummus for years. Once you see how easy it is to make you will make it all the time for your family! Oh just another note, I had to talk my husband into trying it. I think the name scared him! LOL! Yep, he LOVES it now!
I am taking some over to a few neighbors to try. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Serve with pita chips or other chips of your choice. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh parsley or cilantro. I love anything that looks like a dip, just giving you the heads up here!
Ideas to add to your homemade hummus:
1. pine nuts
2. cooked red bell peppers
3. sun-dried tomatoes
6. Tabasco sauce
8. hot bacon, crumbled
9. chipotle with limes
11. smoked paprika
13. dried red pepper flakes (gives a little kick)
The list is endless when you are making your own homemade hummus. I hope you enjoy making this as much as we do!