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Homemade Hummus Recipe Without Tahini: Easy & Creamy

While classic hummus is made with tahini, I’m here to share a delightful hummus recipe without tahini that you will absolutely adore.

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What is tahini?

Tahini is a sesame seed paste.

It is a key ingredient in a traditional hummus recipe, but in this recipe I omit it for those with allergies or if you are hummus lovers but don’t like the taste of tahini.

Trust me, you can make a very good hummus even if you don’t use tahini.

Why You Will Love This hummus recipe without tahini

This hummus recipe without tahini is sure to win you over for a variety of reasons.

Here are just a few:

Easy to make: With just a few ingredients and a food processor, you can whip up this recipe in a matter of minutes.

Healthy: While hummus is already a nutritious snack, this recipe is even healthier since it doesn’t include tahini, which is high in calories and fat.

Delicious: Don’t let the absence of tahini fool you!

This hummus boasts a creamy texture, tangy flavor, and a subtle garlic kick, making it just as tasty as the traditional version.

What You Need To Make this easy hummus recipe 

Chickpeas: Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are the main ingredient in hummus.

You can use either canned or cooked chickpeas.

Garlic: Garlic adds a delicious flavor to the hummus.

It’s best to use fresh garlic or roasted garlic for a rich, smoky flavor.

If you don’t like it, you can leave it out or if you prefer a less strong favor use garlic powder.

Fresh lemon juice: Lemon juice adds a tangy and bright flavor to the hummus.

Extra-virgin olive oil: The oil helps give the hummus a smooth and creamy texture.

Fresh basil: As an Italian I had to try making hummus with basil, as it gives a unique flavor.

You can use other fresh herbs such as parsley

Salt & black pepper: To taste.

Water: Water is added to thin out the hummus and give it a smooth hummus consistency.

How to make hummus without tahini – Step By Step

Step 1

Start by draining and rinsing the chickpeas. 

Step 2 

Place them in a food processor or blender with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, water and basil.

all ingredients in the food processor

Step 3 

Blend all the ingredients until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add more water one spoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

Taste the hummus and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of black pepper.

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Serve with your favorite vegetables, pita bread or tortilla chips.

Tips For Making The Best homemade hummus

  • If you have time, remove the skins from the chickpeas for an even creamier hummus.
  • Use canned chickpeas. This is the easy way to make delicious hummus. Soak and boil dried chickpeas if you prefer, but they take longer.
  • If you use fresh garlic cloves, remove the soul to make it more digestible.
  • Blend long enough. Process for at least 2-3 minutes until the hummus is completely smooth and reaches your desired thickness.
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Recipe Variations

The beauty of making your own hummus is that you can indulge and give it a new flavor every time.

Below are some of variations that I have tried and suggest you try:

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: Give your hummus a sweet and smoky flavor by adding roasted red peppers to the mixer.

Spicy Hummus: For a spicy kick, mix in some chopped jalapeño peppers to your hummus and finish with red pepper flakes on top.

Beetroot hummus: Add cooked beets for a beautiful pink color and sweet, earthy flavor.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Hummus: Add sun-dried tomatoes and black olives to your hummus for a burst of savory flavor.

Curry Hummus: Add curry powder to your hummus for a unique and exotic taste.

Avocado Hummus: For a creamy and green hummus dip, mash one ripe avocado and mix.

Add a peanut butter: For a hummus with a nutty flavor.

What To Serve With Hummus 

Hummus is a very versatile sauce that can be paired with many dishes. 

Serve it in a classic way with some pita chips, falafel or kafta kabob.

Or you can serve it with fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers or cherry tomatoes.

I also love to serve it with this air fryer sliced potato, for a last-minute appetizer.

And if you are in the mood for something more substantial, this ninja woodfire grill whole chicken can be served with hummus as a side dish or dip.

Ways To Use Leftover Hummus

If you have leftover hummus, here are some creative ways to use it:

  • Spread it on sandwiches or burrito instead of mayonnaise.
  • Mix it with pasta for a quick and easy pasta salad.
  • Mix the leftover hummus with a little water or vinegar and use it as a creamy salad dressing.
  • Use the hummus as a topping for flatbread and top with your favorite vegetables and cheese.
  • Mix it with Greek yogurt to marinate the chicken.

How To Store Leftovers

Leftover hummus can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to to 5 days.

The olive oil may solidify in the fridge, but this is normal.

Simply let the hummus sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.

Can I freeze Hummus?

Yes! Hummus can be frozen for up to 3 months.

To freeze, transfer the hummus to a freezer-safe container and seal tightly.

When ready to eat, thaw the hummus in the refrigerator overnight and stir before serving.



Is Hummus healthy?

Yes, hummus is a healthy snack that is high in protein and fiber.

How do I make hummus less thick?

If your hummus is too thick, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the food processor and pulse again until you reach your desired consistency.

Can I make hummus ahead of time?

Yes, you can make hummus ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.

Just be sure to give it a stir before serving and add a drizzle of olive oil if needed.

Can I use dried chickpeas to make hummus? 

Yes, dried chickpeas that have been cooked and chilled can be used to make hummus.

Can I make hummus without a food processor or blender?

Yes, you can make hummus by mashing the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher.

However, the resulting hummus may not be as smooth as if it were blended and it will take more time to prepare.

Is hummus gluten-free?

Yes, hummus is naturally gluten-free.

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hummus recipe without tahini

Hummus recipe without tahini

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Craving hummus but don't have tahini? No worries! This easy homemade hummus recipe without tahini is just what you need.


  • 15 oz can of chickpeas
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons water, if needed
  • 6 basil leaves


  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a colander. Peel and remove the soul of the garlic.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, water, black pepper and salt.
  3. Blend the ingredients until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides down as needed.
  4. If you prefer a creamier hummus, you can add more water.
  5. Taste the hummus and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  6. Transfer the hummus to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, garnish with basil and a sprinkle of black pepper.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 8gSugar: 5gProtein: 10g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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Wednesday 5th of July 2023

I love this recipe! I'm not always a hummus fan, but I love the creaminess of this one.

Rosanna Stevens

Tuesday 4th of July 2023

I can never eat enough hummus! Glad I can make it now even when I’ve run out of tahini. Thank you!


Tuesday 4th of July 2023

I've been looking for hummus recipe without tahini and glad I came across this! Kids have allergies and this is really convenient for our fam. We got to enjoy our crackers because of this!


Tuesday 4th of July 2023

I don't always have tahini on hand so this recipe is perfect for those times. Still came out super delicious and I just added a bit more olive oil to make it even smoother!


Tuesday 4th of July 2023

Added the beetroot into my hummus and the color came out BEAUTIFUL! My kiddos loved dipping veggies in.

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