Homemade Hummus with Canned Chickpeas

The best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas! SO easy to make with just 6 ingredients and ready to devour in under 10 minutes!

The best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas! SO easy to make with just 6 ingredients and ready to devour in under 10 minutes!

This is my first post as a 27 year old! As John likes to point out, I’m officially in my late 20s (aka. old). And I never fail to remind him that he’s 2 years older than me and always will be.

This past week has been full of birthday celebrations including dinner at Wildcraft with my parents and John, a night out at Radius in Hamilton with friends where I had the Bailey’s martini of my dreams, an amazing birthday present, and lunch with my extended family on a beautiful sunny afternoon in my parents’ backyard.

The tradition for celebrations with my family is that the birthday honouree gets to choose the menu and their choice of birthday cake. I’ve been having crazy cravings for Mediterranean food lately so I spent the morning in the kitchen with my mom whipping up tabbouleh, Greek salad, souvlaki, falafels, and of course hummus.

Heck, you could just give me a bowl of hummus with fresh pita for dipping, and I’d be happy with just that! Especially now that I’ve finally come up with a homemade hummus recipe I love after years and years of tweaking. Now, let me preface this by saying that if you want the best homemade hummus of your life, you’ve got to use dried chickpeas. But I’ll be the first to admit that I’m lazy and straight up don’t have the time to babysit a boiling pot of chickpeas for 1.5 hours. So enter canned beans. With a few tips, they can be a totally acceptable substitute to dried!

The best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas! SO easy to make with just 6 ingredients and ready to devour in under 10 minutes!

Tips for the best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas

  1. Combine the garlic with lemon juice first because this helps to soften the sharp flavour of the garlic.
  2. Blend the tahini with the garlic and lemon juice before adding chickpeas. I swear this helps make the hummus so much smoother!
  3. Another tip for smoother hummus is to actually boil your canned chickpeas (rinse and drain them first) in water for 10-30 minutes. This helps to soften them so that they blend up way easier.
  4. For the creamiest, smoothest hummus of your life, remove the skins on the chickpeas. I know, I know – it’s crazy tedious so I often skip this step, but when I invest the time to do it, it’s always worth it.
  5. Don’t use olive oil to thin out your hummus – I find this weighs it down. Instead I add about 3-4 tbsp of olive oil per 2 cups of cooked chickpeas and good old water to thin it out.

The best homemade hummus with canned chickpeas! SO easy to make with just 6 ingredients and ready to devour in under 10 minutes!

Homemade Hummus with Canned Chickpeas
Prep time
Total time
Yield: 2 cups
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 19-oz can (about 2 cups) chickpeas, rinsed and drained*
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water, or more to thin
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  1. Combine the lemon juice and garlic in the bowl of your food processor and let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Add the tahini and process until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the chickpeas and run the food processor as you drizzle in the olive oil. Scrape down the sides of the food processor and then run it while adding the water until it reaches your desired consistency.
  4. Season to taste with salt.
*I like to use chickpeas canned with salt. Feel free to use a salt free version to cut down on sodium



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13 Responses to Homemade Hummus with Canned Chickpeas

  1. Happy belated birthday! You know you are just a baby, right? I’ll be 32 this year, eek!

    I’m also a YOOGE fan of hummus and love making my own. Simpe yet so delicious!

    • Chelsea

      Age is just a number right? Besides you don’t look 32! ;)

      I love making my own hummus too – it just tastes so much more REAL to me than store bought stuff.

  2. Hummus – what more do you need for snacks? Okay, maybe some dipping vehicles ;). I really like to add cumin to my hummus though your version sounds good, too. I’m very sensitive to the taste of raw onion and garlic so have left the latter out when making hummus before but the next time I’ll have to try your lemon juice tip.
    Happy belated birthday! As old as the saying is it’ll forever ring true: we’re only as old as we feel. Not as old as we look please because that’d mean I was in my teenage years …

    • Chelsea

      Let me know if the lemon juice tip helps! Otherwise maybe roasting the garlic then adding it to hummus would do the trick for you.

      HAHA I look like a teenager too – so I can relate!

  3. zenandspice

    Looks great, nice pictures! :)

  4. I love making my own hummus!! I actually like using dried chickpeas and pureeing them right after they are finished cooking – warm hummus is too good.

  5. Mmmm this looks delicious. I’ve been so busy lately that we’ve been buying the PC brand hummus but now I have no excuses!!

    • Chelsea

      I opt for store bought when things get busy too, but then I always regret it haha. Once I started making homemade hummus, the store bought kind started to taste a bit fake to me.

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