Wondering what does hummus tastes like and how do you make it? Here you will find everything hummus and more!
What is hummus
Hummus is a delicious spread or dip traditionally made by creaming together in a food processor, chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and spices. The two primary ingredients in hummus a legume called chickpeas or garbanzo beans and tahini, which is made out of sesame seeds.
The first time you taste hummus, you will experience a creamy texture with a buttery flavor that is slightly nutty with just a hint of tart from the fresh lemon juice.
There are several health benefits when you add hummus to your menu. Because hummus is made with tahini and olive oil, it is a good source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which in moderate amounts can help lower your risk for heart disease and improve cholesterol levels. Chickpeas are also a good source of plant-based fiber and a good source of protein.
If you open your hummus and it smells sour, there is a good chance it is spoiled and should be tossed in the trash. Also, be sure and read my post HOW LONG CAN HUMMUS SIT OUT GUIDE. It's a no-nonsense guide for the best tips on storing and serving hummus.
What is the best flavor of hummus?
Your local grocery store carries classic hummus and so many different flavors you are sure to find one that is your favorite. Some of my favorite types of hummus I can purchase at the store are red pepper hummus, beet hummus, and olive tapenade flavors. They even carry dessert hummus flavors like brownie batter and cake batter! So really, the best hummus is really based on your own taste buds.
Best traditional hummus recipe
This BEST HUMMUS RECIPE is an easy homemade recipe that is delicious, and the best part is, hummus is good for you, so indulge without guilt. Perfect for snacking or parties.
What do you eat hummus with?
When eating hummus, you need to find a scoop vehicle. Hummus is traditionally eaten with fresh pita bread but let your imagination go and try some of these ideas.
- Fresh Veggies: carrot sticks, celery, radishes, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, and cucumbers
- Bread: any good crusty bread will work great
- French Fries: white potato, sweet potato, or even carrot fries
- Pita Chips
- Tortilla Chips: the scoops variety would be perfect
- Crackers: any of your favorite varieties
If you are looking for a unique dessert idea, try serving sweet hummus. It's common to find chocolate hummus in your local grocery. I like to dip it with sugar cookies or ginger snaps.
What can I add to make hummus taste better?
If you start with a basic hummus recipe, the add-ins can be endless. A lot of people like to create ethnic flavored hummus. Here are a few easy ideas.
- Thai: Stir in two tablespoons of peanut butter and two teaspoons of THAI SEASONING or THAI 7 SPICE.
- Latin: Mix in 2 teaspoons of homemade SAZON SEASONING and fresh chopped cilantro.
- Mexican: Stir in 2 teaspoons of HOMEMADE MEXICAN SEASONING MIX and 3 tablespoons of chopped JALAPENO COWBOY CANDY.
- Italian: Add some of these chopped GREEN MARINATED SICILIAN OLIVES RECIPE and 2 teaspoons of HOMEMADE ZESTY ITALIAN SEASONING MIX AND DRESSING
More savory hummus recipes
Looking for the perfect party food that your guests will rave over? Try these hummus recipes that are made with other dry beans besides CHICKPEAS. These homemade hummus recipes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
LIMA BEAN HUMMUS is a smooth buttery dip that is perfect with crackers, bread, and vegetables or as a condiment on sandwiches.
Y’all are going to love this BOILED PEANUT HUMMUS! A smooth, nutty flavor with a punch of lemon and garlic makes this a southern hummus boiled peanut recipe you will make again and again.
CAULIFLOWER HUMMUS has a creamy, nutty flavor, with hints of roasted garlic, cumin, and sesame. It is a nutritious snack that is paleo, keto, and vegan.
BLACK EYED PEA HUMMUS is where the south meets traditional hummus with a twist in this delicious, slightly nutty flavored dip.
For more inspiration be sure and check out these 50 UNIQUE HUMMUS RECIPES —fun ingredients such as beetroot, carrot, avocado, and various veggies, beans, and spices.