This simple hummus without tahini takes 5 minutes to prepare, uses common ingredients, and is so much cheaper than the packaged stuff.
I make this simple hummus without tahini all the time. I absolutely love hummus, and typically have some stocked in my refrigerator. I’ve tried just about every fancy variety and flavor combination of hummus that there is. At some point I started wondering, why is this little tub of bean dip so expensive? I mean come on, it’s mostly just beans, which cost next to nothing. So, I started making my own.
Not only is it cheaper to make your own hummus, but you control the quality of ingredients that go into it. So, there are no weird preservatives or fillers in your dip.
To make this dip, add garbanzo beans, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, and a little bit of water to a food processor. Then, blend until smooth. That’s it! It really is simple. Serve it up with your favorite dippers, like whole grain crackers, chopped veggies, or tortilla chips.
Why skip out on the tahini? Well, you certainly don’t have to. I just find that tahini is one of those ingredients that I don’t always have on hand. And, it’s by far the most expensive ingredient in hummus.
Tahini is a paste made out of sesame seeds. It kind of reminds me of sesame flavored peanut butter. I like it. And, I like hummus that has tahini in it. I just don’t find it necessary. So if I don’t have it, which I often don’t, this is my go-to recipe.
- 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
- 2 to 4 tbsp. water
- 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¾ tsp. ground cumin
- ¼ to ½ tsp. salt
- Add the garbanzo beans, 2 tablespoons of water, the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and ¼ teaspoon of salt to a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. If needed, add additional water to thin out the hummus and ¼ teaspoon of salt to your taste preference.
- Store covered in the refrigerator.
Still want tahini in your hummus? No problem. Just add 2 tablespoons of tahini to the food processor with the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.