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Rated 4.5 based on 3 customer reviews


  • 1 cup dry garbanzo beans
  • water to cover
  • ¾ cup tahini
  • 6 tablespoons ice-cold water
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 3 peeled garlic cloves, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika


For best results, we recommend using:


  1. Put garbanzo beans in a bowl with enough water to cover by several inches; soak 8 hours to overnight.
  2. Drain garbanzo beans and transfer to a pot; add enough water to cover by several inches. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until beans are very tender, 20 to 45 minutes; drain.
  3. Drain garbanzo beans and transfer to a food processor; process until fully broken down. Add tahini, ice-cold water, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, and 1 teaspoon salt; continue to blend until smooth and creamy, 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste. Alternately, put the ingredients into a deep bowl or pot and blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
Mealthy tip:

Dress up this dip by serving it topped with a sprinkle of paprika and chopped parsley and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Or sprinkle a layer of za'atar over the top! Make your own pita chips to go along with the hummus. We have a recipe, Homemade Pita Chips, on the Mealthy website. You can also blend other flavors in with the garbanzo beans when making the hummus; try roasted red peppers or cilantro.


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Jen the Mighty says:

I cheated a bit and used canned garbanzos instead of dry, because I was too impatient to wait. When I'm feeling more like a patient person I will try with dried. Delicious with paprika sprinkled over the top as well.

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Sam Dalton says:

Homemade humus is the only way to go! This is officially our family's favorite recipe, we make it all the time. It's the perfect amount of tahini, lemon, and garlic.

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Narragansett James says:

I used canned garbanzo beans too and forgot to reduce the amount of tahini, as a result,the tahini flavor was a little strong. Next time I’ll reduce the amount of tahini or just follow the recipe as is. Thank you for sharing this recipe.