This Lebanese hummus recipe is the best, easy and smooth hummus recipe. It can be made in 5 minutes and it’s the perfect party appetizer or healthy snack. This is Mediterranean hummus at its finest. Creamy hummus made with canned chickpeas is put in the food processor and is a simple vegan appetizer.
I wrote this post anticipation to give you the best Lebanese hummus recipe there is. This Lebanese hummus has been passed down through my family for generations and it truly is a delicious Mediterranean hummus! This creamy hummus gets devoured in our house and I make it all the time. I promise, you will love it!
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My great Aunt Nene was an amazing lady who lived an amazing, full and adventurous life. She traveled to nearly every country in the world in her younger days, and that was when it wasn’t very common to travel the world for leisure. She enriched the lives of everyone she new. Though she never had any children of her own, she was a grandmother to hundreds. If anyone was of any relation to Aunt Nene, then she was their grandmother. Widowed at a young age. she was never alone for she was still a matriarch to the rest of her extended family.
I vividly remember eating at her condo one day when I was a teenager. She was an amazing Lebanese cook! I had eaten so much food, but I hadn’t gotten thirds yet because I was too full. She looked at me and said, “You’re so skinny! Are you sick? Why aren’t you getting more food?!” I knew then and there that if I didn’t force myself to eat another plate of food, I would have offended her as a cook. I knew better than to do anything to offend Aunt Nene! She had a way of saying what was on her mind in a very blunt way, but yet one always felt loved. This was my Aunt Nene, generous, kind, blunt, adventurous, and this is the Aunt Nene who taught me how to make hummus the Lebanese way.
Lebanese cuisine is AMAZING! Read my article on “What is Lebanese Food?” by clicking the link.
How to Make Lebanese Hummus
Now there are “10 Commandments” to making this authentic hummus recipe, and they are as follows:
- 1st Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Add Cumin”
- 2nd Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Add Cumin”
- 3rd Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Add Cumin”
- 4th Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Add Cumin”
- 5th Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Add Cumin”
- 6th Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Add Cumin”
- 7th Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Add Cumin”
- 8th Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Add Cumin”
- 9th Commandment- “Thou Shalt Not Add Cumin””
OK you get the point! In my family, NO ONE is to add cumin to the hummus. I’m not sure if that is throughout all of Lebanon, but in our sector, that’s how it is.
What are the ingredients for Mediterranean Hummus?
Here are some of the ingredients you will need. Canned chickpeas or garbanzo beans, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and salt. Now that’s an easy hummus recipe! Now-a-days you can find Tahini at most grocery stores.
I highly recommend using this delicious olive oil from Lebanon! Oleavanti produces olive oil from several different groves in the country of Lebanon, and let me tell you from experience, this olive oil is LEGIT!
What is Tahini and do I need to use tahini in this Lebanese hummus recipe?
Tahini is sesame paste. Essentially, sesame seeds are hulled and ground into a paste, and that’s how you get tahini!
Do you need tahini in Lebanese hummus? Yes! It really is a key ingredient. I highly recommend getting tahini through Nuts.com if you are unable to find it in your local grocery store. Whenever I have done business with Nuts.com and they are an amazing company to work with and there products are quality!
I do love adding roasted garlic to my hummus. I didn’t have enough garlic on hand the day I made this so I just used roasted garlic powder. But If you have a bulb of garlic, roast it up in the oven with some olive oil for 30 minutes and add it to your hummus. It is delicious and smooth! Just don’t add raw garlic cloves. That can be to sharp in the hummus. Always roast it or just add garlic powder.
Add the chick peas (garbanzo beans), tahini, lemon, salt, water (or bean juice reserve) and garlic into a food processor.
What kind of food processor is the best?
I highly recommend using a Cuisinart food processor! My mom has had hers from almost 40 years and it still works great. I have had one for 11 years and it is such an asset to my kitchen! Check the link below, this is the kind I have.
Add the olive oil in the top of the food processor slowly as you process the ingredients. This may take 2-3 minutes, but you want to process it until smooth and add enough olive oil to make it the right consistency. Top with olive oil and paprika and serve with fresh, warm pita bread. Enjoy!
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Authentic Lebanese Hummus
- 2 16 oz cans Garbanzo Beans (aka chick peas) reserve ¼ cup of the water
- 3 tbsp Tahini (sesame paste)
- ½-1 Lemon juiced
- ½ teas Garlic Powder or 6-7 cloves roasted garlic
- ½ teas Salt
- ⅓ cup Olive Oil extra virgin
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
- ½ teas Paprika
- Add garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic to a food processor along with ¼ cup of water or reserved water from the beans
- Process together while slowly adding the olive oil over 1-2 minutes
- Open and check consistency to make sure nothing got stuck on the sides
- Add more olive oil and process again if its not at the desired consistency
- Serve on a plate and garnish with 2 tbsp olive oil and paprika
- Serve with pita bread or veggies