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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.

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a rainbow of veggies with a bowl of garlic hummus recipe in the middle
5 from 8 votes
Addicting Garlic Hummus Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 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!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: easy appetizer, gluten-free appetizer, homemade hummus
Servings: 34 servings
Calories: 22 kcal
  1. (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.

  2. 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.

  3. Add the chickpeas and blend on high, stopping to taste as needed.

  4. Once the hummus is super smooth stop the machine and add the smoked paprika and sumac and pulse a few times.

  5. 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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43 comments on “Addicting Garlic Hummus Recipe”

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

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

  3. Ok, I am not a huge hummus person, not sure why, but I had this at your house and it was REALLY GOOD! I may have to try this out (and shock my husband 🙂 )

  4. Just wanted you to know that my EXACT words, which I said aloud to an empty house, were ‘what the fuck is sumac?’

    Also, thank you for posting this, I’m really tired of spending a ridiculous amount of money on the hummus I have been consuming lately. It’s become a staple of my regular diet the last few months and even purchasing the large size at the bulk store it’s pretty pricey. It’s definitely a snack I feel little guilt over eating (extremely large quantities of).

  5. I’ve made this several times now but like you, I tend to veer from the original and tonight made this with cannellini beans and i dare say I almost prefer it to the original version. Sometimes the garbanzo’s don’t rest on my palate well.

  6. how many ounces of hummus does this make?

  7. I won the “Hummus Throwdown” at work with this recipe! The only prize was the glory of the title, but I thought I’d share it with you. Woohoo! I found some roasted red pepper tapenade that looks pretty sitting on top and tastes yummy too. Thanks, after finding the recipe we’ve had lots of hummus happiness at our house this summer.

  8. We’ve been looking for a good hummus recipe, so I’ve gone through the ingredient search, myself. No joy on the Tahini at the grocery store, although I may have to check again in the peanut butter section – silly me has been looking in with the international foods. As another commenter said, you can get it and the smoked paprika (and GIANT bags of dried garbanzos, too) at the business Costco (there’s one in Lynnwood, WA, for those of us in the more northerly Puget Sound area). However, there is an awesome hole in the wall (but in a good way!) Persian grocery near my work that has both tahini and sumac, so I will definitely have to try this!

  9. Just made your hummus…it was yummus! I followed step 4 to a “T” 🙂

  10. Found you on pinterest,I love yourblog! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  11. Love this recipe. Would also add that if you are serving it for a fancy pants dinner party (call the veggies “crudites”, pronounced “crew-dit-ay”), lay it out in a shallow dish and drizzle with olive oil and olive tapenade (or mashed up black olives). You’ll be some kind of super-hero.

    Also, try zaatar next time instead of the sumac. It’s a middle eastern spice mix in the same family as thyme (I think) and it is excellent.

  12. instead of tahini (which is just toasted sesame seed butter) use peanut butter, it makes it less claggy in your mouth.


  13. I must thank you for my newest obsession… The homemade pantry book. I downloaded the sample after reading this then had my husband read the sample and then told him “I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK”… I got the book yesterday and can not put it down. I find I want to make everything in it …. Like now…lol…
    Anyway, thank you! 🙂

    • OMG, isn’t it awesome? I’ve only made a few things from the book, but it’s already safe to say that it’s my favorite cookbook EVER.

      Have you been able to find Lyle’s Golden Syrup? I had to get some from a fancy pants store about an hour away (I was there for other things anyway) and damn that stuff is expensive! Same with the brown rice syrup! If you live in Azure Standard territory, they carry brown rice syrup for $2.50 less per jar.

  14. Sarah,
    I went to the library to check out the book Homemade Pantry, but my library did not have it. They are ordering because the media specialist wanted to read it too. Anyway, while I was there I found a book titled “100 Meals for $5 or Less.” it is not an organic cookbook, but the recipes can be made with organic ingredients and still be cost effective.


    • Ohhh that sounds like something I’d love to read. I’ll see if my library has it! I don’t care if a cookbook is designated “organic” or not, because obviously you can just use those organic ingredients and call it good!

      I hope your book comes in soon and that you and the media specialist love it as much as Stephanie (below) and I do!

  15. I tend to bastardize, er, adjust my recipes according to my preferences. Along with copious amounts of garlic, I add toasted onion powder and dried basil to my hummus. If I dress it up a little, my husband will eat it. I have been using canned, rinsed, garbanzo beans. However, I have ordered 5lbs of Palouse Brand garbanzo beans from Pullman, Wa. I like the idea of buying local. Well at least from my state. I live on the west side near Puyallup. I am getting ready to make some hummus and toppenade. My version of toppenade omits the anchovy but includes plenty of shredded Parmesan cheese, garlic and basil. Besides serving it with chips or crackers, I use about a 1/4 cup toppenade, a few tbl of olive oil and toss with hot pasta for a quick dinner entree.

  16. I have been reading for a while but never commented… I live in the south sound and if you are headed to Puyallup Saturday the Fife Costco is a business center. It carries things regular Costco does not, like giant jars of tahini for CHEAP! I am also wondering if you are willing to share your CSA resource for bulk fruit? I can all summer and would love to check that out!

    • We’ll be at the fair all day on Saturday, but it sounds like a field trip is in my future some day soon to fife!

      Shoot me an email with your city and how far you’d be willing to travel for the fruit. Remember it’s 5 pick ups during the season.

    • Would you please, please expound on the CSA fruit box thingy you mention???
      I live in Texas and I’m unaware of any such program here.

    • A local company organizes the whole thing, and I pay them a flat fee at the beginning of the season for 100 pounds of fruit. It comes in 5 segements over the growing season and I get 20 lbs each time.

      It works out to like $1.69 a lb or something for organic local fruit. Cherries, peaches, apples, pears, and apples again. Our area is known for our cherries, and still they’re easily $4 a lb for non-organic. It’s a heck of a deal!

  17. I make lousy hummus. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Also, I’m new here, so I didn’t realize you live near Seattle. My sister and her family live in Lynnwood. Yesterday I booked our tickets to see her next month? I squealed in delight…not for seeing my sister but for the produce I’ll have while there. I’m in Texas. It’s hot, dry and the avocados suck. Pike place, here I come.

  18. Thank you for making me laugh and giving us an excellent recipe for hummus. That is all.

  19. I live out in the boonies in rural Alberta, no chance of finding tahini within 100 miles, so I make my own:


    1/2 cup sesame seeds
    3 tablespoons sesame oil (or olive oil)

    Toast the seeds in a nonstick frying pan, stirring/shaking constantly so you get them just starting to turn golden, not black. Blend with sesame oil – I used my trusty Braun hand-blender. Stir before adding to any recipe.

  20. My sister in law makes a good hummus. I will definitely have to compare the recipes. She lives in Chicago where they have all the awesome ethnic stores. My po-dunk town sucks! Even though, there is a big University down the street from my house. We don’t have Costco or Fred Meyer. We have Kroger and there isn’t a bulk spice section. We also have Meijer, Martins and Walmart…..not a good selection at all. They all blow!

    • Oh I’m so sad for you! It sounds like your grocery set up is less than ideal. Have you looked at Amazon Marketplace? They have some good deals on groceries (fresh and staples) and some of them if you set up a “subscribe and save” you get discounts.

  21. If you have a Mediterranean store you can get to…get the tahini there. Seems positively CHEAP. And, they tend to have super cheap spices too…

  22. Oh my gosh, I have to try this! I keep trying to make hummus at home and it is pretty grody sometimes. – I also didn’t know that Costco had smoked paprika. How could I have missed this in all of my Costco trips???

    Thank you!

    • Oh honey, you need an entire afternoon at Costco just to explore! Too often we race in there and race out and miss some awesome steals. To Costco with you – post haste!