I am a hummus wolf. It is a staple in our house, and we put it on just about anything. I was eating 2-3 containers of Sabra hummus a week, and at almost $4 per container, that just wasn’t going to work in my budget. I set out on a DIY hummus mission, and after tinkering with a few different recipes, I’ve finally created a concoction that I whip up during every Sunday meal prep. The base recipe is simple, making it easy to create variations depending on your taste preferences. I personally like making 2 cup batches of different flavors to enjoy throughout the week!
The base of this recipe includes chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice. I add a few cloves of garlic, cayenne pepper, curry, and salt & pepper to taste, but you could easily had red peppers, cumin, herbs of province, or any other tasty herbs.. it’s your creation!
One other note: I use dry beans in all of my recipes, including my Black Bean Burgers (recipe coming soon!). They are MUCH cheaper than buying canned beans and you get so much more out of them . Never used dry beans before? It’s easy! Just remember 1 cup of dry chickpeas = 3 cups of cooked chickpeas. This recipe calls for 2 cups of cooked chickpeas, so simply adjust your dry bean quantity to match your desired hummus output. Ideally you want to soak dry chickpeas overnight, however I’ve read that 1 hour is sufficient soaking time prior to cooking if time is of the essence. Once they have soaked, it’s time to strain, rinse, recover with water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, let simmer for an hour or longer. It is helpful to get the chickpeas as mushy as possible so they are easier to blend. I also read that shelling the chickpeas after cooking them helps with smoothness, however it is time consuming. I’ve never shelled mind and my hummus turns out very smooth, just spend a little more time blending.
2 cups cooked Chickpeas
3 tablespoons Tahini
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
1-3 cloves Garlic
salt, pepper, & any other spices to taste
(I like to use cayenne & curry)
In a food processor or blender, blend ingredients together until desired smoothness. Store in air tight container, and enjoy!