A Basic Humus Recipe

If you are looking for a yummy, light appetizer, lunch or snack recipe, give this basic hummus recipe a try.  Hummus has Middle Eastern origins and this recipe has a nice Mediterranean flavor.  Simply humus is pureed chick pea dip.  The reason this is referred to as a basic recipe is that you can adjust the ingredients for your own taste. 

This recipe as is, makes a tasty healthy dip or spread, but you may like your hummus a bit spicier, so add a dash or two of Tabasco or red pepper.  Some people like 1 clove of garlic, some ten cloves or less or more tahini.  I personally add more garlic and lemon juice and a little less tahini then this recipe calls for.  However, if I’m fixing this for others to eat I stick with this version.



  • 2 cups canned chick peas / garbanzo beans, drain and reserve the juice.
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1pinch paprika


  1. Place the chick peas (garbanzo beans), tahini, lemon juice, salt, pinch of cumin and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. You may need to add some of the reserved juice to thin it out a bit.  Transfer mixture to a serving bowl.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the garbanzo bean mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley.

Serve with warm pita bread or as a vegetable dip.

Do you have a hummus recipe or suggestions on this basic humous recipe?  If so we would love to hear it!  Hope to hear from you.  Enjoy life!!!