I love hummus and always knew it was easy to make at home, however often opted for buying it in the store because I hadn't found the right easy hummus recipe... until I tried this one, Easy Hummus Recipe - Better Than Store-Bought. It's just as the name says, super easy to make and Oh-My-Yum, soooo delicious! As I learned from this recipe, the secret is the order in which you add the ingredients to the food processor. It makes all the difference between a homemade hummus that's only so-so and one that really is better than store-bought.
1 (15oz) can chickpeas,* drained and rinsed
1/4 cup well-stirred tahini
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 clove of garlic, minced (optional)**
2 Tbsp exta-virgin olive oil***
1/2 tsp each cumin and Himalayan Pink Salt
3 Tbsp water
Dash of paprika for serving, if desired
Remember I mentioned that the secret to this recipe is in the order in which you add the ingredients to the food processor? Be sure to follow these steps exactly for hummus so good, you'll never want to buy it from the store again.
First, in a food processor (or high-powered blender) add the tahini and lemon juice. Process for 1min then stop and scrape down sides. Process again for 30sec (this extra bit of time helps to 'cream' the tahini).
Next, add the olive oil, garlic (if using), cumin and salt. Process for 30sec, stop and scrape down the sides, then process for another 30sec (or until well blended).
Add 1/2 the (drained and rinsed) chickpeas. Process for 1min, scrape down the sides, then add the remaining chickpeas. Process 1-2min, until thick and smooth.
Add the water to give the hummus the right consistency.
Serve hummus with a dash of paprika (if desired).
Finally, store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week.
*If using canned chickpeas, be sure to buy organic chickpeas in a BPA-free can. Alternatively, you can use 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas.
**Not a fan of garlic? No problem! I've made this recipe with and without the garlic and both versions are equally delicious.
***I recommend using a high quality, organic olive oil because some inexpensive brands use substitute ingredients.
Another dip we love for veggies in our house is guacamole. Here's my favorite recipe, Guacamole