Best ingredients for homemade hummus?

Best ingredients for homemade hummus?
Spread the love

Some might think hummus is a recent creation, but did you know that it’s been around in the Middle East since the 13th century?

We love hummus as it’s oh so easy to make. When it comes to the best ingredients for homemade hummus it couldn’t be more simple. All you need is to buy a tin of chickpeas from any large supermarket, whip it up with some store cupboard essentials and you’ll have a tasty dish in a matter of minutes!

Join us as we share our best ingredients for homemade hummus, why we love this dip and all of the different things you can make with it!

Best ingredients for homemade hummus?

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Prep Time 8 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean, middleeastern


  • Blender or Food Processor


  • 1 Tin Chickpeas
  • 1 Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Tahini a thick paste made from sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Garlic
  • ¼ tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Za'atar this is a middle eastern blend of spices – it has a fresh and nutty flavour!
  • ¼ tsp Sumac a spice made of dried sumac berries, it has a tangy and sour taste
  • 40 ml Olive oil extra virgin if you have some


  • Empty the tin of chickpeas in cold water and gently remove the outer skin of the chickpeas. This will give your hummus a nice smooth texture
  • Using a blender or food processor blitz the chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil garlic, paprika and za'atar together until completely smooth. This will take anything between 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Once fully blended, pop your hummus in a bowl and add extra spices to taste. Once done, drizzle with olive oil, and you're ready to serve!


Top Tip:
Save the water from the tinned chickpeas. This is called aquafaba and its a fantastic replacement for egg whites. It makes lovely vegan chocolate mousse and meringues!
Keyword Chickpea Dip, Dip, Hummus

Why is hummus so good?

We’re huge fans of hummus here! It’s not only simple to make, but it’s totally tasty too.

Some of the other reasons why we’re fully paid-up members of the hummus fan club include:

It’s completely vegan, making it a great option if you’re committed to the plant-based lifestyle

You can customise it the way you want. For example, why not try adding roasted peppers, beetroot or caramelised onions to change the flavour around and suit your tastes?

It’s full of protein, meaning it is a fantastic thing to eat after working out to help your body recover. Try a healthy grilled chicken or salmon breast with lots of crunchy veggies and a side of homemade hummus

Hummus is full of antioxidants that help protect your cells from damage. This can help keep your body healthy, protect you from preventable diseases… and help you look younger!

What to serve it with hummus

Hummus is a versatile dish – not only can you serve it as a dip, but you can use it as a dish in its own right too!

Here are some of our favourite ways to eat hummus:

Eat it as a dip: Hummus is a great alternative to dips like salsa and sour cream. Dip in tortilla chips, crisps or raw vegetables for an absolute taste sensation!

Spread it on your sandwiches: You can use hummus as a plant-based spread for bread, pittas and tortilla wraps. It’s yummy with feta cheese, falafel, cucumber and sweet potatoes. Alternatively, spread it thickly on your toast for a breakfast treat!

Create a buddha bowl: A buddha bowl is a vegetarian meal packed full of grains, vegetables and protein like tofu. It’s light, nutritious and will keep you full throughout the day. A couple of tablespoons of flavourful hummus will be the perfect accompaniment to your meal

Use it as a marinade: Hummus has a lot of intense spices, making it a great marinade. Spread it thickly on chicken or fish, let the flavours intensify for an hour and cook for an authentic taste of the Mediterranean

Stir it into your pasta: If you love creamy pasta sauces but don’t love the calorie count, why not use hummus instead? Just add water to get the right consistency and stir it in

Bake for a sweet treat: You may think hummus is more savoury than sweet… but you can use it to add a nutty flavour to your baking too! Try it in brownies, doughnuts and cakes, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming ‘star baker’!

So, there you have it! We hope our simple and tasty recipe for hummus has inspired you to make your own.

We’d love to hear your favourite ways to eat hummus too!

Best ingredients for homemade hummus – If you liked this recipe please feel free to share any comments or images through Facebook and Instagram @simpleyummiesfood.

Please check out our delicious chickpea curry recipe!