Simple Hummus Without Tahini

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This simple hummus without tahini takes 5 minutes to prepare, uses common ingredients, and is so much cheaper than the packaged stuff.

Simple Hummus Without Tahini in a white bowl with crackers on the side

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.

ingredients for Simple Hummus Without Tahini

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.

food processor full of Simple Hummus Without Tahini

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.

Simple Hummus Without Tahini in a white bowl with crackers on the side

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Simple Hummus Without Tahini

4.99 from 289 votes
This simple hummus without tahini takes 5 minutes to prepare, uses common ingredients, and is so much cheaper than the packaged stuff.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


Servings 10 (2 tablespoons) servings
Calories 70 kcal


  • 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
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ to 1/2 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.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.9g | Protein: 2.1g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Fiber: 3.2g
Course Appetizer, Snack
Keyword easy hummus recipe, hummus recipe, hummus without tahini
Cuisine American, Greek, Mediterranean
Author Amanda Finks

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.

Simple Hummus Without Tahini in a white bowl with crackers on the side

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  1. 5 stars
    So easy, and yummy!!! I made the recipe as written and thought it was very good. The second time I made it, I added roasted garlic instead of raw, and used toasted sesame oil instead of olive oil to get a little of that sesame flavor without wasting a jar of tahini. I’m having fun thinking of new ways to get creative with this one. Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Delete my other comment! Too many typos! BUT OH MY GAWD. I saw someone else write that they don’t normally leave comments on recipes, and neither do I, but I HAD to with this one. You could say I also tweeked this recipe quite a bit, but not by choice, but because of lack of ingredients. I originally found this recipe because I didn’t have Tahini sauce. Other things I changed (again, not by choice) I used avocado oil/olive oil blend, I used 1 tsp garlic paste, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp salt then needed 4 tbsp of water. I am licking the spoon. Licking the bowl like a child eating brownie batter. I am SO happy I made this. Thank you!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Tahini is wasted when I buy it, but I always have these ingredients on hand. I added more olive oil, lemon juice and water to get it to dressing consistency. Yum!!!

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About Amanda Finks

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Zionsville, IN. I’m an avid cook, travel nerd, & lover of good food! I’m trained in Food Science & recipe development. It’s my mission to bring you the BEST recipes your whole family will love!

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