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 328 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
    Thank you! I have a severe sesame allergy, and
    I really wanted to eat hummus again. Can’t wait to try this 🥰

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! I added some extra lemon juice, an extra half tsp of cumin and an extra garlic clove for some punchier flavours. Really so tasty and unbelievably easy, highly recommend!!!

  3. 5 stars
    After rinsing, if you cook your canned chickpeas more, by boiling them, it can make for a very creamy hummus. Also plain Greek yogurt can be used in place of tahini if desired.

  4. 5 stars
    Very tasty. I used the juice from the beans (Aquafaba) in place of the water. Also used only 1/4 tsp of cumin and added an extra olive oil plus lemon juice. I will be making all the time. THANK YOU! Hugs

  5. 4 stars
    Made this several times while on vacation in our AirBnb condo. Its easy, and easy to get the ingredients plus delicious just as written.

  6. 5 stars
    I was out of tahini and needed to make hummus. I found this recipe. It’s perfect. I don’t think I’ll go back to the old recipe. I like this one better.

    1. 5 stars
      I love this recipe and I made it all the time. It’s great that I no longer have to worry about not having any tahini handy when I feel like making hummus and besides, I like it better without tahini since I found this recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe has the best balance of flavors of any Hummus I’ve tried. I used dry Garbanzos cooked in a Insrant Pot type cooker for 45 minutes with a 10 minute slow release. 250 grams of the finished Garbanzos, equals one 14 ounce can (about 1.5 cups).

  8. I like it. I add a 1/4 tsp of freshly-ground black pepper for extra flavor. I’m not a tahini fan, so this hits the spot. Pairing with zaatar. Thanks!

  9. 5 stars
    Amazing! So simple. I didnt have fresh garlic so substituted 1/2 teaspoon of organic garlic powder and it seemed to be the correct amount. Gonna make this all the time!

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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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