I serve this at least once a week with a chicken or steak meal or just as a quick snack. Learned from my late grandfather who was of Lebanese descent. Serve with fresh Arabic bread.

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, water, garlic, and cumin into a food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle top of hummus with paprika and fresh parsley.

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Cook's Note:

For thinner hummus, add more a little more water or even the liquid from the chickpeas. I find 1/4 cup water with totally drained garbanzos is perfect; after refrigeration it will thicken up. This is the basic hummus recipe and is simple yet delicious. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

27.3 calories; protein 0.7g 2% DV; carbohydrates 2.5g 1% DV; fat 1.7g 3% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 28.5mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (59)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2013
This is a very good base hummus recipe. It has a good texture and some flavor. Because I like lots of flavor, I would probably add additional garlic and maybe some cayenne, but that is just personal preference. You can't go wrong with this recipe and then you can tweak it with additional seasoning from there. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/18/2014
Good basic recipe I think water takes away from the flavor so the second time I made it I used the juice from the garbanzo beans. That helps with the flavor issue. I also added a touch of salt and used two cloves of garlic instead of 3 as the flavor intensifies as the hummus sits and I love garlic. Read More
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69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/17/2013
This is a very good base hummus recipe. It has a good texture and some flavor. Because I like lots of flavor, I would probably add additional garlic and maybe some cayenne, but that is just personal preference. You can't go wrong with this recipe and then you can tweak it with additional seasoning from there. Read More
(34)
Rating: 4 stars
07/03/2013
Whoa! Garlic overload! Obviously garlic cloves vary greatly in size and mine must have been particularly large. I used just one good-sized clove and now as I write this it's all I'm tasting. Thank goodness I made this well in advance of serving so that I had the opportunity to adjust - by making another full recipe omitting the garlic altogether and adding it to the original batch. (Now we're going to have "hummus overload!") Perhaps it might be better to just start out with "a teensy bit of garlic" instead of the rather vague "3 cloves garlic." Other than that this is a good basic hummus tho' for my taste it could use a touch of salt. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/18/2014
Good basic recipe I think water takes away from the flavor so the second time I made it I used the juice from the garbanzo beans. That helps with the flavor issue. I also added a touch of salt and used two cloves of garlic instead of 3 as the flavor intensifies as the hummus sits and I love garlic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2019
Regarding the differing opinions from reviewers about the amount of garlic to use, I would like to point out (from experience) that assessing how much seasoning to add (whether to this recipe, or to recipes generally) should always take into account how much of that food will likely be eaten by any single person. If this hummus is to be served as an appetizer or party dip, especially as just one among several options (and it's most likely that people will have just a few bites of it), then it can be highly seasoned. But if it's to be eaten in larger amounts, or even as a meal, then the garlic (or, for that matter, other strong seasonings in other recipes) should probably be toned down. By the way, with this recipe, you might begin by mincing the garlic and letting it pre-soak in a dish with the lemon juice for a bit before proceeding with the recipe. The acid in the lemon juice should help tame some of the raw garlic's emphatic assertiveness. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2013
A simple recipe to follow that yields great results. From now on I'm making my own hummus instead of buying it and spending more. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2014
My husband is a hummus fanatic. He claims this is the best yet. I upped the lemon juice to 3 tbs and added 8 oz of drained roasted red peppers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2013
Super-easy super-tasty. Had these down by the pool with pita chips. Great snack. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2013
This hummus is delicious. I wouldn't change a thing, although I made a triple recipe and made two alternatives with part of it: one with steamed yellow squash with cinnamon and cloves and one with chopped basil added. I baked up some pita chips and have been having the best lunches, sampling my 3 dishes alternatively. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2014
Great recipe! I read the coments and aded an extra tablespon of olive oil 1/2 tsp salt plus 1/2 tsp of cayenne...Perfect! I wil never purchase Hummus again! Read More
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