Lebanese Hummus (The Best Hummus Recipe)

The variety of different types of hummus in the grocery store is growing rapidly. The thing is, homemade hummus is so inexpensive and easy to make that the store-bought hummus won’t taste the same after you try this version. Hummus is a traditional Mediterranean diet recipe and is made with extra virgin olive oil, not canola oil, while most store-bought hummus contains canola oil. Your homemade hummus will already taste better and be healthier with extra virgin olive oil.

This hummus has some garlic, but isn’t too garlicky. I also really love the tahini ratio in this recipe because I find that some hummus has too much tahini which makes for a strong after taste. The thing that makes hummus so easy to make is that you basically just add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend it.

I like to use this hummus in a few different ways. I  love to dip pita bread in it for a quick snack. I will serve it as an appetizer at lunch or dinner, as it goes well with most other Mediterranean diet recipes. However, my favorite thing is to make a falafel pita wrap with tons of hummus spread inside. Here is one of my favorite falafel recipes.

If you’re bringing this hummus to a guests house, impress them by garnishing with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a dusting of paprika, and a sprinkle of pine nuts. They will be impressed with the presentation as well as the amazing Mediterranean flavors of this traditional Lebanese hummus.

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Lebanese Hummus






Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Lebanese Hummus

Lebanese Hummus

4.56 from 29 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 152 kcal


  • 2-15 ounces cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • pine nuts for garnish (optional)


  • Begin by chopping the garlic in the food processor.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend in the food processor until desired consistency.
  • Blend with cold water for a smoother consistency.


Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gSodium: 224mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
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About the Author: Bill Bradley, R.D.
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  1. Cindy July 4, 2022 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This is delicious and so easy to prepare. I used my Vitamix and it was very quick work.

  2. Susan April 25, 2022 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    I love your recipe but your calculator is off for the chick peas.
    It goes from 2- 15 oz cans to 4- 30 oz cans and to 6- 45 oz cans.

    Should say 2-15 oz
    4- 15 oz and 6- 15 oz cans.

    Thank you!

  3. Becci Splettstoeszer October 11, 2021 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I react to sesame/tahini. In my home state of MN I knew someone who produced hummus without. Of course I cannot get the recipe.
    Can I make this recipe without tahini?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 12, 2021 at 9:39 am - Reply

      You can make hummus and take the tahini out altogether. You would need to change the recipe a bit, but it is possible. You can also use cashew or almond butter instead of the tahini. -Bill

    • Norm Roberts March 1, 2023 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      3 stars
      Hi Becci. (I’m also in Minnesota, nice weather were having, huh?) When I prepare my hummus. I slightly roast sunflower seed kernels and grind them to use as tahini. I have friends with nut allergy so this works well for them.

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