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Easy Hummus Recipe in 5 Minutes

by Lily
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Two of my good friends in Abu Dhabi told me about this sweet pepper hummus at a local grocery store. They have it as a staple in their homes, but sometimes the store runs out. On our walk one night, they asked if I had an easy hummus recipe that could rival this sweet pepper hummus. The only condition is that it needs to be family-friendly and made quickly.

First off, I am a hummus lover. I have been eating homemade hummus my whole life. Never ever has the thought come to my mind of making hummus from canned chickpeas. It’s like two words that don’t go together in the same sentence.

Not that I’m opposed to canned beans. I use canned foul medames all of the time to make my foul toast.

I guess what I’m saying is that my friends helped encourage me to think “outside the box” when it comes to canned chickpeas.

To be honest, I’m really surprised how good the canned chickpea version of this recipe is. However, if you are opposed to canned chickpeas like I was, I have an option to use your own chickpeas from scratch.

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What Is Hummus Made Of?

The main ingredients of hummus are:

  • Chickpeas: You can use canned chickpeas or frozen cooked chickpeas for this recipe. If you would like to make this recipe with dried chickpeas, follow this How to Cook Chickpeas tutorial.
  • Tahini (sesame paste): Sesame paste is needed for this recipe. You can make your own tahini at home if you can’t find sesame paste in your grocery store. Alternatively, you can order it Soom Tahini online.
  • Fresh garlic: This recipe calls for mashed fresh garlic using a mortar and pestle.
  • Lemon: I recommend freshly squeeze lemon juice.
  • Salt: I use pink Himalayan salt or sea salt, but any type of salt will do.
  • Olive oil (served on top): I recommend a good quality extra virgin olive oil. Make sure that your olive oil is not blended with other oils. Read the fine print!

For this easy hummus recipe, we will also need these ingredients:

  • Sweet peppers: We will use a jar of sweet peppers to keep the preparation time quick. However, if you would like to roast your own red peppers, follow the instructions in this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe with Tahini.
  • Ground cumin and paprika: This adds a little bit of dimension to the hummus.
easy hummus recipe ingredients

How To Make This Easy Hummus Recipe in 5 Minutes

Bring chickpeas to a boil on the stove for 2 minutes. Use cooked chickpeas such as canned chickpeas or frozen cooked chickpeas

how to cook chickpeas in a pot

Using a mesh strainer, drain the chickpeas.

how to cook chickpeas being drained

Squeeze the lemon. Mash the garlic. Measure out the tahini. Measure the salt, ground cumin, and paprika. Add all of the seasonings into the same bowl.

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mashed garlic

Open the jar of roasted sweet peppers and strain with a mesh strainer.

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In a food processor or Vitamix blender, add the chickpeas, lemon, garlic, tahini, red peppers, salt, cumin, and paprika. Blend on high. If using a blender, add a little bit of water gradually alternating until desired consistency is achieved. If using a food processor, do not add water.

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Add to a bowl or in a pita sandwich. Enjoy it as you like.

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How Do You Make Hummus Taste Better?

Are you not a fan of the taste of traditional hummus? You can change the consistency and taste of hummus to make it taste better. For example, this recipe uses roasted sweet red peppers. You can also omit the tahini with this Best Recipe for Homemade Hummus Without Tahini.

You will need to play around with the different flavor profiles to find a recipe that you love. Everyone is different, but I can assure you that there is a hummus recipe out there you will love.

How Do You Make Hummus From Scratch?

If you want to make hummus from dried chickpeas, check out this Homemade Hummus Recipe without Tahini. It’s also a great option if you don’t have tahini on hand.

Hummus is quick to make if you have cooked chickpeas on hand, which can be in the form of canned chickpeas, frozen cooked chickpeas, or freshly cooked chickpeas.

If you can blend a smoothie, you can make hummus. It’s really simple.

Using Frozen Cooked Chickpeas Instead of Canned Chickpeas

If you would like to make this easy hummus recipe without canned chickpeas, I have just the solution! I use frozen cooked chickpeas in stews, hummus, and homemade foul. Basically, anywhere you use canned chickpeas, you can use frozen cooked chickpeas.

Remove the chickpeas from the freezer and put them directly in the water to boil. Allow the chickpeas to boil for 2 minutes in order to completely defrosted. That’s it!

If you want a more in-depth explanation, visit the How to Cook Chickpeas post. It will give you the tips and tricks of cooking dried chickpeas and packing them for the freezer.

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easy hummus recipe in bowl

Easy Hummus Recipe in 5 Minutes

  • Author: Lilian B.
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


You can make this easy hummus recipe in 5 minutes flat. It’s big on taste and low on cost. You will never go back to store-bought hummus.



  • Chickpeas (Two 15 oz cans or 5 cups of frozen chickpeas)
  • 1.5 cups of sweet peppers in a jar
  • 4 tbsp of tahini
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • Fresh mashed garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • 1 tbsp of ground cumin
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. If using canned chickpeas, drain the water in the can. Rinse the chickpeas two times.
  2. Add the chickpeas to a pot with water.
  3. Bring the chickpeas to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Drain the chickpeas using a mesh strainer.
  5. Squeeze the lemon. Mash the garlic. Measure out the tahini. Measure the ground cumin, salt, and paprika. Add all of the seasonings into the same bowl.
  6. Drain the sweet peppers.
  7. Using a food processor, blend the chickpeas, lemon, garlic, tahini, sweet peppers, salt, cumin, and paprika. Do not add water if using a food processor.
  8. If using a Vitamix blender, add about 1/2 cup of water and blend on high. Add water gradually alternating until the desired consistency is achieved.


  • The nutrition facts omit the olive oil, which will vary depending on how much you add.
  • You can use canned chickpeas, frozen cooked chickpeas, or freshly cooked chickpeas for this recipe.
  • The Vitamix makes the hummus smoother and lighter.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 279
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 86 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43 g
  • Fiber: 11 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: sweet pepper hummus, easy hummus recipe, hummus from canned chickpeas, quick hummus recipe

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