Easy garlic hummus recipe: A spicy and delicious family staple


Last Updated on October 12, 2020

Today I share a homemade garlic hummus recipe with you I’m especially proud of. It has Turkish roots and is filled with wonderful memories. If you are used to store-bought hummus this simple recipe will help you ditch those artificial foods with a chemical aftertaste forever.

garlic hummus recipe

I’ve also created also a little video for you showing you in 55 seconds how easy it is to make it on your own. More about it in a minute.

Bringing back family holiday memories

An authentic hummus dip I tasted for the first time many years ago in Turkey and I thought it was pretty yummy. It was our first family holiday then in Anatolia. We experienced there not only generous hospitality but also a land of plenty when it comes to various vegetable and legume delights.

We couldn’t get enough of all the flavorful meals this culture has to offer, and hummus spread was one of our favorites. Luckily enough the chef in the hotel was so kind as to share his great recipe with me:)

homemade hummus

Since then this chickpea spread is a family staple and I have always some of it stocked in our freezer. We use it mostly as a simple dip with cucumber, carrot or red pepper sticks. It tastes also amazing as a vegan spread with whole grain bread or pita chips. On certain occasions, I love to dress it up with some pomegranate seeds.

spicy hummus with pomegranates

Let’s jump into the recipe, shall we?


Easy garlic hummus recipe (gluten-free)

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A spicy, homemade middle eastern dip that requires no cooking but heads of garlic:)

  • Author: Gabi Rupp
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 2 x 400g BPA-free cans of cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans – net weight: 2x250 g)
  • (reserve 1/2 cups of the liquid and a few chickpeas for decoration)
  • 4 garlic cloves, freshly pressed
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil or sesame oil
  • 6 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup or 8 teaspoons sesame seeds paste (Tahini)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or 2 teaspoon miso)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 23 teaspoons paprika powder, sweet
  • 2 teaspoons Cayenne or black pepper


  1. Rinse chickpeas in cold water and put into food processor or pot (if you prefer to use a blender).
  2. Add the crushed garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, salt, cumin, sweet paprika powder, and pepper.
  3. Process it at medium speed for a few seconds (depending on your kitchen machine).
  4. Check consistency and if the spread is too firm add some liquid or drizzle of olive oil aiming for a consistency similar to mashed potatoes.
  5. Process again at medium speed for a few seconds until smooth and creamy.


  • Note: chickpeas in cans are often salted. In that case, adding only 1/2 teaspoon of salt is more than enough. The lemon juice together with the freshly pressed garlic add spice too.

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Easy hummus recipe (1 Minute Video)

Check out below my video on how to make a delicious hummus spread quick and easy.

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Recipe variations

When it comes to recipe variations, then the sky is the limit:

  • To boost the color experience I often add an extra portion of paprika powder to the spread.
  • For a deep yellow color, you could use turmeric, which is not only super healthy but also neutral in taste. By the way, turmeric similar to Safran can be added to literally any recipe which needs a warm yellow color.
  • You can replace Tahini with peanut butter.
homemade hummus recipe

A fiber-rich dip

Did you know that a dip based on dairy like sour cream or cream cheese usually doesn’t contain any fiber at all? The content of fiber in hummus, on the other hand, is impressive. You get it mostly from the chickpeas but also the sesame seeds in tahini provide the beneficial dietary fiber for digestion.

How to make homemade hummus even cleaner

You know that when it comes to clean eating I prefer the 80/20 approach. I try to eat clean whenever I can, but I leave also room for seldom indulgences. In consequence, I include in that 20 %, some “convenient foods in BPA-free cans” like tomatoes, beans, and chickpeas. If I’m lucky I can sometimes purchase organic chickpeas in jars when they are on sale.

The cleanest approach, however, is to cook your chickpeas from dried legumes, when time allows. I let the dry chickpeas soak overnight in sufficient cold water for at least 8 hours. To speed up the process you can add 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

Then I transfer the soaked chickpeas to a clean pot with enough water to cover the beans. I bring it to a boil and let them simmer for 45 minutes (until softened). By using an instant pot you can decrease the cooking time.

Further reading: If you want some variation with roasted red peppers, beets or sun-dried tomatoes then make sure to check out my curated 25 best homemade hummus recipe ideas from the web.

Special Tip

Do you love nutrient-dense, homemade dips that are easy to prepare? Then you should check out my 52 Chef Habits Ecourse, where clean eating spreads are an integral part of the recipe collection.


10 thoughts on “Easy garlic hummus recipe: A spicy and delicious family staple”

    • Wow, Danielle!!! Although I’m also a huge hummus fan, your daily morning habit is hard to beat. Yes, I can highly recommend giving a homemade version a try. It’s so easy to make provided you have a good food processor!

  1. Spicy dips? Yess!! Hummus is great and homemade it is even better. Love having some fresh veggies with this recipe, amazing

  2. I love dips and nearly always serve them with the aperitif when I have guests. Hummus is one of my favourites and I agree the food in Turkey is so good! Great idea to add turmeric or saffron to get a more golden colour!


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