Tasty Tuesday: Make Your Own Hummus!

Every time I see  little tubs of hummus on potluck tables these days I need to restrain myself from saying, “You know, you can make your OWN hummus! You don’t have to buy those expensive little tubs!” I know; seriously bad manners, so I really do try to rein it in. Still. It’s true. Hummus is easy and inexpensive to make yourself. You have to try it!

Homemade Hummus

We make a lot of homemade hummus at my house. In fact, all my kids make hummus too. Hummus is a great thing to serve at a potluck because it pleases the vegetarians, the lactose intolerant, and the gluten-free crowd. I love foods like that.

Homemade Hummus


Make your own hummus

Fresh garlic and a bright red bell pepper are two must-have items for homemade hummus.

  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas), drained
  • 2 T. minced garlic (or 4-6 whole cloves)
  • 2 T. sesame oil
  • 1/4 c. lemon juice or to taste
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cumin (optional)
  • 1 roasted, peeled red bell pepper (optional)


  1. After draining the chickpeas, place them in a blender or food processor with the garlic. Blend well.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the red pepper last if you choose to use it.
  4. Add any other spices that strike your fancy if you want. We especially like aleppo peppers, garlic powder, and herbs d’provence.
Make your own hummus out of canned chickpease

Here are the chickpeas and a few cloves of garlic in the food processor. There are MANY more garlic cloves hidden underneath.

Make your own Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with fresh roasted peppers

Roast your red peppers under the broiler or on the grill until the outer skin blackens.

We eat hummus with everything! It’s great on pita bread and tortilla chips. Hummus is the perfect vegetable dip. If you’re trying to reduce fat in your diet, consider using hummus instead of mayonnaise to mix with your tuna or eggs for sandwiches. Use hummus in your deviled eggs for a different taste.

Make Your Own Garlic Hummus

This hummus has dangerous amounts of garlic in it; just perfect!

I want to make a comment on the garlic. More of a confession really. That recipe up there? Well, that’s the high end of socially acceptable quantities of garlic. And truthfully, we use MUCH more garlic than that because we LOVE garlic. I also used cloves of grilled garlic as well as fresh whole garlic. And minced garlic. It was an aromatic evening here!

And a word about sesame oil: I’ve read many hummus recipes that call for tahini. I’ve never used tahini in my hummus. I love the way that the sesame oil tastes, so I’m happy to stick with it. If you prefer tahini over sesame oil, go for it. It’s a very common ingredient; it just doesn’t happen to be one I use in this recipe.

This hummus has become one of those staple foods that I try to keep in the fridge all the time. It’s as popular as peanut butter in my house!

Make Your Own Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

This is our favorite: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Here’s my hot tip for the week on how to eat your yummy hummus: head over to Stick Boy Bread Company for their specialty Parmesan Peppercorn bread. It’s my favorite Stick Boy Bread ever and this week, not only is it available every day, it’s on sale! This is also the last week you can buy their White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake and the Red Velvet Cake!



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  1. Hey, we have nearly the same recipe! I can’t imagine spending the amount of money tahini costs, so I do the sesame oil thing, too. The only difference for me is that I roast the garlic along with the peppers. And I don’t measure things out. 😉 Sometimes I use curry powder for a kick. The beautiful thing about hummus is that you can change so many things and still call it hummus!