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Addicting Garlic Hummus Recipe

Learn how to make the best homemade Garlic Hummus Recipe ever! An easy and healthy vegan and gluten-free snack, garlic hummus is so so addicting!

an overhead shot of a bowl of garlic hummus recipe with veggies

Homemade hummus shouldn’t be a chore, people! Have you ever opened a $6 tub of grocery store hummus, and thought “I could make this”? And then you did, and it was terrible?

Friends, I’m here today with a simple recipe for the tastiest homemade hummus you can make yourself.

I ate a ton of crappy hummus to create this winner. Is that like kissing a lot of frogs before finding your prince?  A lot of garlicky garbanzo bean frogs. I’ve been trying to perfect homemade hummus for years. 

I’d never really gotten it right, and Troy and I have choked down some gross chickpea spread during my search for a great recipe.

The recipe below is mine, but it was inspired by Homemade Pantry.  I will forever be grateful to Alana for finally nudging me in the right direction.

I buy smoked paprika at Costco, and if you don’t have a Costco or access to smoked paprika, I weep for you. Seriously, it’s the best. I get a year’s worth at Costco for $4. You NEED this and thankfully Amazon carries it.

a rainbow of veggies with a bowl of garlic hummus recipe in the middle

If you love spicy flavors and hummus, you should check out this Buffalo Hummus recipe.

Other Favorites for Using Smoked Paprika

chickpeas, tahini, a lemon and other ingredients for garlic hummus recipe

If you found yourself saying “what the hell is sumac” when looking at the ingredients list, you’re not alone. I said that the first time someone recommended this spice to me for hummus.  You can’t find it in a normal store.  You need to drive to a fancy pants store where aggressive yoga moms shop. THOSE are the stores where you can find Sumac.

It’s also available on Amazon. It is a Middle Eastern spice, so if you have an ethnic grocery store, try there! If you can’t find it, dial up the smoked paprika a bit, and put a pinch of cayenne pepper in instead of the sumac.

Two photos showing how to make garlic hummus

Tahini can usually be found near the peanut butter in the grocery store.  It’s stupidly expensive, but the $6 jar will easily last about 12 batches of hummus.

chickpeas in a blender for making garlic hummus

Delicious homemade hummus is easy to achieve in your own kitchen with wholesome and inexpensive ingredients. Even better, you can freeze it in smaller portions for easy to grab snacks at a moment’s notice.
garlic hummus recipe in a bowl surrounded by colorful vegetables

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes:

  • Do follow the steps of how and when to blend the ingredients. It truly will result in a smoother and creamier hummus!
  • Homemade garlic hummus can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for 4-5 months.
  • You can leave out the tahini if you’d like but it will change the texture and taste of the finished product.
  • If raw garlic is a bit much for you, roasted garlic might be right up your alley. Check out my Air Fryer Roasted Garlic and Instant Pot Roasted Garlic for various techniques.

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Addicting Garlic Hummus WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Addicting Garlic Hummus has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

a rainbow of veggies with a bowl of garlic hummus recipe in the middle
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Addicting Garlic Hummus Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Learn how to make the best homemade Garlic Hummus Recipe ever! An easy and healthy vegan and gluten-free snack, garlic hummus is so so addicting!



  • (If using dried beans) In a mixing bowl, place dried beans and cover with 4 inches of water. Let soak overnight. Drain the liquid and add the soaked beans to a crockpot. Cover with 3 inches of water and cook on low for 8 hours. After cooking, drain the excess liquid, reserving it.
    (If using canned beans) Open the can. Drain. Reserve the liquid.
  • In a powerful blender (like a Vitamix) or in a food processor, blend the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt on high for 1-2 minutes.  Add a bit of the reserved liquid from the beans if needed.
  • Add the chickpeas and blend on high, stopping to taste as needed.
  • Once the hummus is super smooth stop the machine and add the smoked paprika and sumac and pulse a few times.
  • Store extras in a mason jar, but it's very important that you immediately put some in a bowl, sprinkle sesame seeds, parsley, more smoked paprika, and a tiny bit of sumac on top, and then make a pig out of yourself while you devour it.
Nutrition Facts
Addicting Garlic Hummus Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 22 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 9mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in August 2013. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:

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45 comments on “Addicting Garlic Hummus Recipe”

  1. I made this in MINUTES with some random chickpeas and tahini in the pantry. Plus I used our frozen garlic “pucks” from another one of Sarah’s posts.

    This was so easy and so much cheaper than buying hummus at the store! Why did it take so long for me to try this for myself?

    • I can’t believe you guys haven’t used up all those garlic pucks yet! 🙂

      If you have any leftover hummus, it does freezer really well.

  2. I’m very excited about trying this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Delicious 

  4. I love hummus and smoked paprika. I am not sure why I never combined them before.