Easy Affordable Hummus

A quick easy hummus that’s affordable, healthy, and just plain good!

A lot of people out there like hummus, and a lot more people have no idea what is in hummus.  While most of us are spending up to $7 for a small container of “Gourmet” hummus, I’m making my own and doing it for a lot less.  In reality, this mysterious foreign fare is actually just ground chickpeas and a sesame paste called tahini.  That’s it. . . that’s all that you’re eating when you get the hummus platter at a restaurant for $8.  Sure they’ve probably added some stuff to it, but you can do that with stuff laying around your kitchen and make something that tastes even better.  So let’s begin!


  • 2 Small 5 Oz Cans of precooked Chickpeas (around 2 Cups) (Drained, reserve the liquid)
  • ½ Cup of Tahini (Tahini can be found in most grocery stores, it’s a Sesame Paste, similar to Peanut Butter in Texture)
  • 1 Lemon Juiced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic Finely Minced
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • ½ Tbsp Olive Oil (just for texture)


  1. Oh wait. . . just put all that stuff in your blender or food processor.
  2. Get it to a smooth texture, add tahini, the reserved chickpea liquid, or olive oil if you need.
  3. Garnish with Lemon zest and roasted red peppers

Are you asking why you’ve been paying so much money for something so easy to make?  I bet your bitty that the over garliced, dry paste you got from the grocery store cost you more.  You could strip this recipe down to just tahini, chickpeas, and a little olive oil if that’s all you have.  The tahini might run you about $5 dollars for a medium size container, but I doubt you’ll ever use all of it.  I ended up throwing out mine after 4 or 5 rounds of making hummus.  Now go and enjoy the delicious Mediterranean flavors of hummus without the European prices.

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