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Chickpea Hummus

It’s easy to make your own hummus at home, starting with a can of chickpeas!


  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained & rinsed (yields 2 cups/500 mL cooked chickpeas)
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) water
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) hot pepper sauce
  • Crackers, naan, pita bread or fresh veggies for dipping


Place chickpeas in a blender or food processor with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, oil, cumin and salt.

Purée, adding just enough water to make the mixture creamy and smooth.  Use more than the 1/3 cup (75 mL) water if needed.

Add hot pepper sauce to your liking.

Transfer to a bowl and serve with crackers, naan or pita cut into wedges and assorted fresh vegetables.


  • Hummus makes a great sandwich spread.
  • Tahini is a sesame seed paste sold in the Middle Eastern food section of your grocery store.
  • Unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter may replace tahini.

Reviews [2]

I liked it

easy to prepare and tastes great. I added some chilli peppers to sharpen the taste and 1 clove extra of garlic.

Alberta Pulse Growers

Happy to hear you like the recipe and love the addition of the chili peppers & more garlic!