Home made hummus, for me, has always been a challenge. Ingredients like tahini are expensive and the results are never as flavorful as the commercially prepared varieties. This recipe is one of my favorites because it is tahini-free, making the recipe simpler and less expensive, and the results are rich and flavorful. The basic hummus recipe makes “plain” hummus, then there are several variations for different flavor combinations.
Basic Hummus Recipe:
1 can (15 oz) chick peas, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp water
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed. If mixture is too dry, add additional olive oil.
Spicy Cilantro-Lime Hummus: Substitute lime juice for lemon juice and add the zest of 1 lime. Increase cayenne pepper to 1/2 tsp and add 1/3 cup tightly packed cilantro leaves.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: omit cumin and add 2 tbsp fresh oregano leaves. Add 2/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper.
Garlic Lovers Hummus: increase garlic to 3-4 cloves (or as much as you like!).