Easy Classic Hummus

This classic hummus recipe with tahini is a quick and easy dip to prepare for a party. Make it ahead so the flavors can blend together, and serve it with fresh cut vegetables or pita chips. Take it to the next level with a toppings bar to spread on crostini!

party table with hummus and vegetable dippers.

Every appetizer party benefits from having at least one dip on the menu, and hummus is a classic choice. Sure you can buy it at the store, but why not make it homemade?

Why You’ll Love It

  • Hummus is a fantastic vegetarian option to add to the menu.
  • It’s a cold appetizer that’s perfect served at room temperature.
  • Making hummus from scratch is so easy! Just add ingredients and let the blender or food processor do all the work.
  • This is another make-ahead recipe that makes hosting and entertaining care-free.

Add it to the menu for any of these party themes.

hummus in bowl topped with crisp chickpeas, surrounded by cut vegetables.

Key Ingredients

  • Chickpeas. Use canned chickpeas and drain and rinse them before using. For super creamy hummus, rub them with a dry towel and remove the outer husk as much as you can.
  • Garlic cloves. I recommend fresh cloves for a fresher taste. If you don’t have, no problem. Just use ⅛ teaspoon of garlic powder in place of 1 clove of garlic.
  • Tahini. This is a Middle Eastern condiment and is made from toasted ground sesame seeds.
  • Lemon juice. Fresh is best! Use 1 or 2 lemons depending on their size.
  • Salt and Extra virgin olive oil. These are pantry staples, of course.
chickpeas and ingredients in food processor, overhead.
ground up hummus in food processor.

How to Make It

Use a food processor or blender to mix everything. You can add warm water at the end to create the right consistency you want.

Garnish the hummus with roasted garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle on some paprika or crispy chickpeas, too!

What to Serve with It

  • Serve it with fresh vegetable sticks like carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cucumber.
  • Add some broccoli spears and cauliflower spears.
  • Add soft pita bread or crisp pita chips for heartier dippers.
  • Other good options are Wheat Thins, Triscuits, Club crackers, pretzel crisps, and bagel crisps.

Make a Hummus Toppings Bar

You know how much I love a build-your-own food bar. For instance there’s my Ultimate hot dog bar, the Ultimate bagel bar, my chili bar, and an indulgent donut toppings bar!

You can use this recipe as the base for a crostini toppings bar, too. The idea is simple: make the hummus a few hours ahead, and then set out bowls of delicious toppings that will give toasted French or Italian bread slices a gourmet twist. Here are my favorites.

  • Olive Tapenade
  • Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade
  • Pesto
  • Roasted Red Peppers, diced
  • Crispy chickpeas
  • Pine Nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Olives
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Crumbled Feta cheese

I love the flavors of the Mediterranean and all these toppings have that. Buy them in a gourmet shop or the international section of your grocery store.

Label each bowl individually or on a single menu list, and let guests have fun building their own crostini appetizer and combining flavors.

Favorite Combinations

Here are some great flavor combos to try:

  • Sun-dried tomatoes + olive tapenade. Tastes like a gourmet pizza.
  • Pesto + roasted red pepper. The sweetness of the red pepper pairs well with the salty pesto.
  • Pesto + sun-dried tomato. Another sweet and savory combination that’s so good.
  • Everything Bagel topping + feta cheese. If you like salty flavors this is a match made in heaven!
hand dipping celery stick into bowl of hummus.

More Party Dip Recipes

Here are some more cold dip recipes to add to your next gathering.

Do you love food stations as much as I do?  If so, make this hummus recipe for your next party and serve it with lots of fun toppings and dippers!

More make-you-own bars include build your own shortcakes, and my banana split dessert bar.

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hand dipping celery into hummus in black bowl.

Classic Hummus Recipe

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 – 16 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • warm water as needed, or about 1/4 cup


  1. Using a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients EXCEPT water, until smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides.
  2. Begin the processor again and begin adding warm water in through the food chute, slowly so it can incorporate evenly. Continue until the hummus is smooth and the consistency you want.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for a couple of hours so flavors can marry.
  4. Serve with pita bread or chips, cut vegetables, or crostini bread.


Serve on a party buffet along with toppings such as pesto, olive tapenade, chopped sun dried tomatoes or tapenade, and chopped roasted red peppers.

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  1. My mother in law is a vegan, she would love these. Thanks for sharing.
    Also I noticed that the ‘Hummus Bar’ card was colour coordinated according to the colour of the dish, very clever!

  2. I’ve found out that simple is sometimes better with people and with the hostess ;).
    You’re a Master of Entertaining! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  3. Chris, thanks for sharing this fresh, new spin on the “bar” concept! This will be something great to incorporate into the upcoming holiday entertaining frenzy and I love that it features something that will appeal to a broad range of guests – certainly a must for families! 🙂

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