Hummus Without Tahini: This Family Favorite is Still Authentic Sans Tahini

Dishes you make at home usually turn out better than anything at the store. Homemade hummus is no exception. Ditch the bean dip and make this creamy hummus in your home kitchen. We have an easy homemade hummus without tahini recipe for you.

In case you're new to this whole hummus thing, tahini is a sesame seed paste often found in classic hummus batches. Tahini is basically a peanut butter equivalent, only with sesame seeds instead of peanuts. These sesame seeds are made into a puree with kosher salt and oil, making them the perfect nutty taste to add to your hummus. While tahini adds some depth of flavor to hummus, many prefer to have their hummus without, especially since leaving it out reduces the 'cook time'.

Anna's (from Crunchy Creamy Sweet) hummus recipe is about to become a staple in your household. Using only a few ingredients, you can enjoy it with pita chips, carrots, chips, and any other veggies your heart desires. You can even add veggies to your hummus before blending. "You can easily make flavored hummus by adding roasted red peppers, avocado, or stirred in veggies and spices to make a custom blend," Anna shared. Personally, we like to add a few cloves garlic or cilantro to our hummus for a little bit of extra kick.

You'll need a can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans, lemon juice, olive oil or grapeseed oil, and an airtight container to store your hummus in. You might even have all of these ingredients at home already.

If you opt for the chickpeas, they'll need to be drained or rinsed. Garbanzo beans will need to be cooked on a stovetop or in an Instant Pot.

Next, grab your food processor. Throw your chickpeas or beans in the processor and add 2 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or lime juice, and 3 tablespoons of olive or grapeseed oil. You can even add a teaspoon ground cumin for a little extra flavor. As you begin the blending process, add 2 tablespoons of water, followed by 1 more tablespoon as you reach your desired consistency. Finished hummus will have the same consistency as white bean or black bean dip, making it pretty easy to figure out when you're done blending.

Season with some salt and ground cumin, and you have a perfectly quick Mediterranean or middle eastern hummus.

This recipe is so easy that it can be modified to your liking. If you don't want to use cumin, use paprika or red pepper flakes instead for that extra kick. The olive oil can also be substituted with extra virgin olive oil if you have that on hand. If you want to make a more Asian-style hummus, you can even use sesame oil. You can even add more cloves of garlic if you want to do a garlic hummus.

This easy hummus recipe has no real prep time, and the total time spent in the kitchen comes out to about 4 minutes. Garnish with some kalamata olives or pine nuts to make this look like store-bought hummus dip. It's actually the perfect quick appetizer when you're having unexpected guests over. It has quite a lot of carbohydrates, but also has a lot of potassium, making it pretty healthy overall. Just to avoid the tortilla chips and pita bread the next time you're at the grocery store. Hummus is better with veggies anyway.

If you're looking for more hummus recipes, check out Anna's page. She also shares a Roasted Red Pepper Hummus that sounds delightful.