How to Make the Best Hummus (2 Ways!)

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Learn how to make hummus from scratch with just 5-ingredients and a few simple steps. Instant Pot and stove top instructions included! Gluten-free, Oil-free, Vegan, Grain-free. 

Plant-based or not, learning how to make hummus is a skill every home-chef should master. After you try this ultra easy method influenced by my travels in Israel, you’ll never go back to store-bought again. It’s light, fluffy and so smooth you won’t be able to stop dipping. It really is the best hummus recipe ever.

Table of Contents
  1. 3 Secrets to Making “Real” Hummus
  2. What You Need for the Best Homemade Hummus
  3. How to Make Hummus
  4. Serving Suggestions
  5. How to Store Homemade Hummus
  6. Recipe FAQs
  7. How to Make (The Best) Hummus Recipe
  8. Hummus Recipe Video:
hand dipping into plate of hummus with pita bread

3 Secrets to Making “Real” Hummus

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of taking a vegan tour of Israel. To be honest, I was not a huge hummus fan before my trip. I thought it was okay, but not great. Then I ate “real” hummus and realized that it’s very yummy, magical, and something I could see myself eating every day for the rest of my life. Yes, it was that good. 

There are quite a few ways to make hummus, but this is the method that I’ll be sticking with. I’ve done some pretty extensive research and interviewed quite a few people — special thanks to Noam and Bentzi for your tips!

Here are the absolute Top 3 Must-Dos for making the best hummus:

  1. You really, really, really need to use dried chickpeas (not canned).
  2. Peeling the chickpeas is a must (seriously, just do it). 
  3. ICE COLD WATER is essential to making the hummus light and fluffy.
3 plates of hummus topped with olive oil and chickpeas with pita bread off to the side

What You Need for the Best Homemade Hummus

Hummus is made with 5 simple ingredients, but quality matters. Here are a few key notes: 

  • Chickpeas: Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas are the base of hummus. Most chickpeas sold in the United States are the Kabuli-type – light-colored, larger, round chickpeas. In the Middle East, however, Desi-type chickpeas (smaller, irregularly shaped, and darker in color) are much more common. When making the best hummus, the smaller the chickpeas, the better. Opt for the desi-type chickpeas when possible! 
  • Tahini: Hummus is not Hummus if there’s no Tahini. And the Tahini quality matters greatly – it should be smooth and runny. Generally speaking, the less English on the bottle, the better 😉
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic cloves are always superior to garlic powder, and it’s especially true in homemade hummus! 
  • Baking soda: Adding baking soda to the chickpeas helps make the legume easier to digest, softer, and makes them easy to peel. Don’t skip this ingredient! 
  • Lemon juice: I never suggest using pre-bottled lemon juice, but I especially urge you not to in homemade hummus. The flavor or freshly squeezed lemon juice simply cannot be replicated. 

How to Make Hummus

Step-by-step photos showing process for how to make homemade hummus in a food processor.
  1. Sort, then soak the dried chickpeas for 12 to 24 hours. 
  2. Drain and rinse well, then add the chickpeas, garlic, and baking soda to a large pot or pressure cooker. 
  3. Cover with water and cook the chickpeas until tender. 
  4. Peel the chickpeas then discard the outer skin. 
  5. Process the garlic, chickpeas, lemon juice and salt in a food processor until relatively smooth. 
  6. Add tahini then slowly pour in ice water as the food processor is running. Process for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the hummus is fluffy and smooth. 
  7. Serve hummus with toppings of choice. 

Caitlin’s Cooking Tips

  • Use this process as an opportunity to listen to a good soundtrack or podcast. I’ll admit peeling the chickpeas can be a long, tedious step. But if you’re determined and got something to listen to, you can easily get this step done in ~20 minutes. To try and speed up the process, you can try rubbing the chickpeas between a clean kitchen towel, but I didn’t find that it made a huge difference. 
  • Process the hummus for the full 5 minutes. Authentic, “real” hummus should not be thick and chunky. Good hummus is fluffy, creamy, and silky smooth. To achieve this, I definitely recommend “processing” your hummus for the full 5 minutes. However, I’ve been told if you blend it for too long, it spoils faster. I’m not sure how true that is because it never lasts over 5 days here, but you’ve been warned 😉
3 plates of hummus with pita bread and tahini on the side

Serving Suggestions

Hummus is a delicious dip or spread to enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In the Middle East, hummus is often served warm as the center of a meal and topped with a drizzle of olive oil, and spices such as cumin, smoked paprika, sumac, za’atar, etc. 

Try it spread on a Rainbow Veggie Sandwich, Vegan Pinwheels, used as a 3-Ingredient Hummus Salad dressing, drizzled on Sheet Pan Za’atar Chickpeas with Sweet Potatoes or turned into a Hummus Pasta

If you’re looking for more homemade dip recipes, you’ll also love this Creamy White Bean Dip, Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus and this Healthy Buffalo “Chicken” Dip!

How to Store Homemade Hummus

Homemade hummus will keep best in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Defrost frozen hummus in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours until softened. If desired, run the hummus through a food processor for 1-2 minutes to make it nice and fluffy again. 

Two plates of homemade hummus with hand scooping hummus off of one of the plates with pita bread

Recipe FAQs

Is it cheaper to make homemade hummus?

It is absolutely cheaper to make your own homemade hummus. Dried chickpeas are extremely affordable and will last for months in the pantry. 

Is hummus made with raw or cooked chickpeas?

Although this recipe calls for dried chickpeas, it is imperative that they are cooked until tender before processing until smooth. Processing dried chickpeas will result in chickpea flour, which is very, very different. 

Do you have to use olive oil in hummus?

Nope! Although many store-bought hummus brands are made with oils, authentic hummus does not need to be made with oil. A quality tahini will make it fluffy and creamy enough without! 

Enjoy! If you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I would also love it if you could leave a comment below with a recipe rating! Thank you for the support 😊

How to Make (The Best) Hummus

4.94 from 66 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 56 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Learn how to make hummus from scratch with just 5-ingredients and a few simple steps. Instant Pot and stove top instructions included! Gluten-free, Oil-free, Vegan, Grain-free.


  • 12 ounces dried Chickpeas about 2 cups, soaked in water overnight
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3-5 cloves of Garlic
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 -3/4 cup Tahini based on preference
  • 1 cup Ice Cold Water* divided
  • Optional Toppings: Olive Oil, Cumin, Smoked Paprika, Za'atar, etc.


  • Soak the Chickpeas: Sort through the dried chickpeas, then place in a large bowl. Cover with water and soak at room temperature (or in the fridge) for 12 to 24 hours. Drain and rinse well.
  • Cook The Chickpeas: Add the chickpeas, garlic, and baking soda to a large pot or instant pot.
    Instant Pot (recommended): Fill the pot with water until it is 2 to 3″ above the beans. Stir, seal, and cook on Manual HIGH pressure for 10 to 12 minutes; let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes before breaking the seal. (Note: if you soaked your chickpeas for closer to 24 hours, cook for 8 to 10 minutes instead).
    Stovetop: Cover the beans with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 40 to 120 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender.
  • Peel the Chickpeas: Drain and rinse the cooked beans until no bubbles remain. Pick out the cooked garlic cloves and set aside. To peel the chickpeas, gently “pinch” each bean; the skin should slide off quite easily. Repeat with the remaining beans and discard the outer skin once finished.
  • Chickpea Puree: Add the garlic and 3 cups of the peeled chickpeas to a food processor with an S-blade attachment. Mix the lemon juice and salt together in a small bowl until the salt dissolves. Turn the food processor on and slowly pour the lemon mixture into the processor while it is running; process until the chickpeas are relatively smooth.
  • Make the Hummus: Add 1/4 cup of tahini to the food processor and seal it shut. Turn the food processor on and slowly pour in 1/3 cup of the ice cold water. Let the food processor run for 4 to 5 minutes, to help make the hummus fluffy and smooth (don’t skip this step!). Add in extra tahini and water in 1/4 cup increments, if you would like your spread to be thicker and creamier.
  • Serve: Top the hummus with the remaining peeled chickpeas and any other toppings of choice. Leftovers will keep well in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

  • “Ice Cold” Water: place a few ice cubes in a glass of water for ~ 5 minutes, or stick a glass of water in the freezer for ~ 10 minutes.
  • Baking soda: cooking the chickpeas in baking soda helps to soften them and make them easier to peel. You cannot taste any baking soda in the final recipe!


Calories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 11gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 475mgPotassium: 412mgFiber: 7gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 39IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 3mg
Keyword: best hummus recipe, easy hummus, smooth hummus recipe, vegan hummus recipe
Course: Side Dish, Snack
Method: Stovetop
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m curious about the ice water. I’ve seen it in other recipes, not sure why it’s added vs room temp water. What about the aquafaba, can that be added? Do the beans need to cool down or can you add them hot or warm?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Lou! The ice reacts with the fat in the tahini to help thicken the hummus. You could use aquafaba if you want but I personally prefer to use ice water. And yes, the chickpeas can still be warm!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this hummus since Caitlin uploaded the video on YouTube! It’s my go-to hummus recipe and an all time favorite between my friends and family, thank you so much for all this years of delicious and creamy hummus!
    Greetings from Chile

  3. 5 stars
    The BEST Hummus I’ve ever made… prefer it over ANY store brand.
    I also put in several containers and freeze and haven’t had any issues.
    Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Just made this and oh my god – the CREAMIEST. And I didn’t even peel the garbanzos! I didn’t keep a great eye on my chick peas while they were simmering, so they had started to come apart a little. I used a total of 1/4 c of tahini and 1/3 c of cold water and the consistency is 👌🏼👌🏼. This will definitely be my go-to hummus recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    I’m not a big hummus fan and this is the only one that I really LOVE! It’s a great recipe. I have shared it with others and get a ‘WOW’ response every time.

      1. 5 stars
        I have a question: what would be the weight and/or volume of chickpeas to start with here?


      2. Good question, Liz. To determine the weight or volume of chickpeas needed for the recipe, it’s important to consider that 12 ounces of dried chickpeas, which is about 2 cups, are used. When soaked in water overnight, dried chickpeas roughly double in volume. So for this recipe, you’d start with about 24 ounces or 3 cups of soaked chickpeas. Adjusting this quantity based on the number of servings you need should work well.

  6. 5 stars
    Very good hummus recipe. I add more lemon juice and tahini. The water trick changes everything and improves the texture.
    Too bad the quantities are not given in metric measurement 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you for this recipe. I followed to the letter and it was so good! I never added more than the minimum amount called for on the tahini and ice water and it was perfect! I’m a garlic lover, so I added fresh, raw garlic to the processing of the second batch, that was otherwise the same recipe. Perfect layer of fresh garlic upon boiled garlic.