Hummus: Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me!?!

(not dried cranberries, of course, but hummus!)

How frickin easy it is to make!!! Seriously!

I go through about a container of store bought hummus every week, maybe even more. I eat carrots and hummus everyday as part of my lunch at work (I’m boring, I know) and thus hummus is kinda a constant in my life. I couldn’t imagine living without it. However, I really don’t love every kind I buy. I’m always buy new brands and flavors to find one I really like but very rarely enjoy every bite. My favorite kinds are Tribe Roasted Eggplant and the 40 spices versions but I can never find them. Every other kind I just buy because I need to find hummus to go along with my carrots. It’s just there was a topping for something else I really like (the carrots-duh!). Alot of regular versions have too much tahini, a flavor that I’m not a big fan of or they have some sort of preservative, something else I’m not a big fan of. Therefore, I needed an alternative to store-bought hummus.

About a month ago, I bought myself a little present to get me out of the store-bought hummus rut: a mini food processor. My kitchen is really lacking in appliances due to lack of space and funds. We don’t have a mixer, a toaster or a blender. And we didn’t have a food processor-but didn’t really think I needed one. Until I wanted to start making my own hummus. However, food processors are hundreds of dollars and monstruous. Remember the space and funds issue. We’re lacking here!! But, I was absolutely determined to make my own hummus and needed to find a way to achieve that. My ultimate dream!!

I did a little research and found that I could buy a mini food processor for only $40!! For someone who wants to shred pounds upon pounds of potatoes or something huge, this isn’t for them. But I didn’t need to do that (cause what 25 year old needs to shred pounds and pounds of potatoes), I just wanted to make hummus! So it was perfect (perfect!!) for me. So, I found myself with a little extra spending money and knew exactly what I was going to buy: my mini food processor! Horray!! But then I let it sit in a corner of my kitchen and didn’t even use it for a month. Boo.

However, this past weekend, I went at it. And made my hummus!! I used a bunch of recipes to kinda make my own version and taste tested as I went along to find the perfect version for my tastebuds. Chickpeas, olive oil, water, tahini, garlic, salt, cumin, lemon juice. That’s all I used. And it was so ridiculously easy!!!! I just threw it all into my new, gorgeous little mini food processor, grinded it down into a delicious paste, tasted it, added more seasonings, grinded again and was done. 4 minutes from start to finish. 4 minutes!!!! Oh, and it was cheap. Really cheap. Cheap makes me happy.

And good. Oh so good. I really think it was the best hummus I’ve ever had, and considering I go through a container of hummus a week, I’ve had my fair share. I’ve been chomping down on it all week at work (along with my carrots, of course) and have been enjoying every single bite. It doesn’t have too much tahini, it is smooth, it’s a little garlicy but not overpowering. i.e.-this is how I like hummus. Not how much hummus manufactuar thinks I like hummus. Because I made it, it’s exactly how I like it. No more wasted containers, no more ridiucously expensive Whole Foods hummus. And you all should make it too. Seriously-if you have a food processor, make this now. Your taste buds, wallet and the environment will be very happy.

I will never ever ever go back to store-bought hummus. When it is so tasty and easy to make it myself (and not to mention environmentally friendly), I have no reason to!



1 can of chickpeas, rinsed
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cumin
juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 clove garlic, smashed

Combine all in a food processor and process. Adjust taste, add more water or olive oil if you want it smoother. Process again. Eat in shock while you wonder why anyone never told you how easy it is to make!!!


22 Responses to “Hummus: Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me!?!”

  1. 1 Lisa in CA May 2, 2008 at 6:26 am

    i made the exact same discovery a couple of months ago. never again will i be without such valuable information.

    i’ve been playing around with it and started adding balsamic vinegar and such. i want a food processor, though! i’ve been stealing my roommate’s magic bullet…

    this week, i went a step further started from dried chickpeas too.

    mmmmmm….. hummus…

  2. 2 Romina May 2, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I bought hummus once, I can’t believe how nasty it is compared to the homemade stuff. It’s so salty!! And old-tasting, yuck! I’m happy to see you’ve discovered how simple it is. =)

  3. 3 Meredith May 2, 2008 at 8:28 am

    One of the things I love to do is roast 5 garlic cloves or a red pepper and toss in when I’m making hummus. Leli got me started when we lived in the loft.

  4. 4 Cara May 2, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Now I want a mini food processor! hahha. Maybe this will qualm your fears about spending too much on hummus now and never have that weird dream again. haha

  5. 5 chandra May 2, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I never found a store-bought hummus that I really liked and I tried to make my own once and it was nasty. Extremely nasty. But the recipe I used called for a LOT more tahini, maybe that’s why… I’ll attempt it again one of these days. If you say it’s amazing then it has to be, right? 🙂

    I’m still waiting anxiously for the running decision!!

  6. 6 melissa May 2, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Hi! I was just going to do a post about that. I was supposed to have to take a class tomorrow, but it got moved this week. So I haven’t been on top of training at all. Plus, I have been sick all week, but I might just try to go for it anyways, since I want it to count for the nyrr 9 races. I hope your knee is feeling better, but it’s not worth causing further injury if your not ready–just my opinion.

  7. 7 bohosimple May 2, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I am very proud Betsy! Plus I might actually make this one 🙂

  8. 8 aimelina May 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I actually don’t use tahini at all in the stuff I make. I use a little chicken broth (or veggie broth, whatev) and olive oil (or sesame oil!) and cumin, etc and it’s great without the tahini. I also make a luscious black bean dip with cilantro and jalapenos.. I love making my own bean dips.

  9. 9 Leng May 2, 2008 at 11:50 am

    That’s a lot of hummus!

    Congrats on the food processor! It’s so handy to have around.

  10. 10 winningfriendswithsalad May 2, 2008 at 11:58 am

    My stick blender is my new love. I might marry it. For real. Hummus looks great!

  11. 11 RhodeyGirl May 2, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    I love homemade hummus!!!

    I am so sorry you can’t do your half… I kind of lost the motivation to do mine, hope it comes back by Sunday!!!! I hope you get better soon, injuries stink!

    Ship some of that hummus to me please.. yum!

  12. 12 VeggieGirl May 2, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Yes, yes, yes!!! There’s NOTHING like homemade hummus – so glad that you discovered its deliciousness :0)

    Hope your knee is still healing properly!

  13. 13 maggiescamera May 2, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I make hummus all the time at home with mom. She’s knew about it years ago. I’m glad you finally realized how easy it was. Good luck tomorrow (maybe?)

  14. 14 lindzakins921 May 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I cant wait til I get a food processor to make my own hummus! I am addicted as well 🙂

  15. 15 the Hummus guy May 2, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I think you owe yourself a long visit to my blog.

  16. 16 ChocolateCoveredVegan May 2, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    my food processor has got to be my favorite kitchen gadget ever. Yay for homemade hummus!

  17. 17 Alice (in Veganland) May 5, 2008 at 6:50 am

    I make my hummus with the liquid of the chickpeas because I only have an immersion blender and it doesn’t work otherwise. It’s runny but tasty (not as tasty as real hummus, but tasty). Should I buy a food processor? Is there really such a big difference? And what other things do you prepare with the food processor? I can’t think of anything I couldn’t do with my immersion blender, but maybe I’m missing something good…

  18. 18 maffew March 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I fell in love with hummus a little while ago, and to save money have been trying (and failing) to make my own.. I just followed your recipe exactly and it’s delicious! WINNER! so more expensive store bought hummus!

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    Just reading your story of homemade hummus. I am trying to decide on which food processor to buy. Can you tell me which one you have?
    Greatly appreciated

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