Simple Garlic Hummus

Simple Garlic Hummus is an easy recipe to make. It only takes a few ingredients and comes together quickly.


Has your tastes changed over the years? Do you eat things now that you never would have dreamed of eating 10 or 15 years ago?

Mine sure have. I’ve heard your tastes change every ten years. I haven’t researched to see if that’s a proven fact. My ten-year old claims it’ true. He did begin eating a few different foods within the last two years. It all started with these Chicken Taco Bites and a “Try New Food Contest” we had for him. But, recently, I asked him to try something new, he matter-of-factly said, “I tried that and don’t like it. I’ll try it again when I’m 20 to see if I like it.” :) He makes me laugh!

It’s hard for me to discipline him. I was the pickiest eater ever! I still am pretty bad about some things. And, my parents were insistent that my brother and I were going to eat (and like) deviled eggs and potato salad. Guess what? We tried it many times and to this day neither one of us eats deviled eggs or potato salad. That stuck in my head, so I don’t make him try stuff over and over again, just once. When he’s twenty I’ll present it again…;)

But, some things that I didn’t like when I was younger I absolutely love now.

  1. Like onions, now, not so much a raw onion, but caramelize those babies and I can eat a zillion!
  2. I tried sushi for the first time about 12 years ago. I thought I was going to…. well, I didn’t like it at all! But, I crave it now and eat it at least once a week!
  3. My husband brought hummus home one day. I wasn’t so sure I was going to like it, but it kind of ‘grows on you’ as the saying goes. Now, it’s another one of my favorite foods. I even like hummus as a spread on sandwiches and burgers. You should totally try it!

I have grown to like hummus so much that I make it homemade now and love it much better than store-bought. Today I want to share my Simple Garlic Hummus with you.

Garlic Hummus with Sriracha #callmepmcI like my hummus thick and with texture, as you can tell from the picture above.
If you like it smooth, simply add more reserved liquid (see recipe) and olive oil.
The addition of Sriracha is completely optional.
I like a little zing in my hummus so I always put a little drizzle of Sriracha over the top.

Garlic Sriracha Hummus #callmepmc

A couple of things you need to know about hummus:

  1. Tahini is optional – if you don’t love the deep flavor of tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, by all means leave it out. But, in my opinion, you don’t have the depth of flavor without tahini. Is there a substitution for tahini in hummus? In my opinion, No. Nothing else will give you that same flavor. If you do use tahini,  be sure to store any leftover tahini in the refrigerator as with any high-fat item it will go rancid quicker if stored at room temperature.
  2. Chickpeas, or garbonzo beans, have a thin skin. It’s similar to the skin on peanuts. Now, you can opt to remove the skin which will take about 10 minutes to do one can. Or, it’s perfectly fine if you want to leave the skins on. You’ll process the heck out of the ingredients and leaving the skins on will only result in a slightly thicker, not as smooth mixture. You know me and my patience level, I leave the skins on.

Garlic Hummus with Sriracha
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I drizzle the Sriracha sauce over just before serving. You can store this in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to one week.
Serves: 2¾ cup
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 19 oz can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, reserve liquid
  • 4 T lemon juice
  • 2 T tahini
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T sriracha sauce
  1. Drain, but reserve the garbanzo beans, pat the beans dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a food processor or blender, add garlic, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, tahini, salt and 1 T olive oil. Add 2 T reserved bean liquid and process until smooth. Add more liquid up to ½ cup to the desired thickness you prefer. I like mine of the thick, chunky side so I only about 3T liquid.
  3. Serve room temperature or chilled with crackers.
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Hummus is great on burgers and sandwiches instead of mayonnaise.
Also, try a spoonful on salads instead of salad dressing.

Try my hummus on this Turkey Burger!
Kentucky Hot Brown Burger #callmepmc

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Hi there, I'm Paula. I've always enjoyed cooking and sharing food with family and friends. As a mom, I'm always looking for shortcuts and time-saving strategies to make delicious and nutritious meals for my family. I particularly like to take familiar flavors and present them in new ways. I enjoy developing recipes, cooking (especially baking) and I sharing all my tips with you.

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  1. I can totally relate to your taste changing. I wouldn’t eat a lot of things you mentioned – sushi, hummus – and some others like tofu, but now I eat them regularly. Love this hummus recipe – can’t wait to try it!

  2. My tastes have definitely changed especially in the last few years after I had my son. I adore homemade hummus and yours looks fantastic! The drizzle of Sriracha is a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing Paula :)

  3. I think you are definitely onto something Paula. There are things that I would not touch as a child, that I enjoy now. Even my daughter has changed. She REFUSED to eat Mexican food. She was in Europe for a year, and now she eats it all of the time! I have always loved hummus, especially with garlic!!

  4. YOur Hummus sounds delicious! My toddler is a huge hummus fan, can’t wait to make this for her :)

    • Emily, I was surprised at how easy it is to make. I’ll buy it from a store again. Thanks for stopping by !

  5. My taste has not changed other than I hated Chinese food as a kid and now like it. Otherwise, I have always liked lots of veggies and home cooked food. My family enjoys hummus with carrot sticks, pita bread and as a spread on sandwiches like you mentioned. No sushi for me, though. Visiting from Freedom Fridays. Nice post :)

  6. Had to stop by from your Facebook page to check out the swirl on top Now I know what it is but still do not know what it will taste like. I’ve got to get some. :)

  7. I love hummus, and garlic, have to pin to my dips/fondue board. One reason the foods we eat is because as we mature we loose taste buds. So, children have more taste buds and taste things more strongly than we do. Followed you here form The Weekend Re-Treat.

  8. I never thought I would eat fruit in a savory dish. Now I love fruit with pork, especially. So true how tastes change. Thanks for sharing your hummus with us on foodie friday.

  9. Ok, how do you not like sushi but crave it? haha.. too funny! :) This hummus looks amazing Paula, and I love the addition of Sriracha! Pinning this and totally wanting it now!:)

  10. Isn’t hummus just one of the greatest foods. It so simple to make and it tastes so wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  11. Your hummus looks delicious! I love hummus and am always buying so much of it to eat with vegetables or spread on sandwiches, I seriously need to start making my own too! This sounds wonderful!

  12. Jamie Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    I have so many foods I thought I didn’t like – only to find out they weren’t so bad after all! :) Thanks so much for linking to Freedom Fridays! I’ve pinned this and have it scheduled to be shared on FB today :) Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Paula – we hope you’ll join us again this week! {hugs}

    • I hope I can remember to link up, I’ve been so off schedule and confused this week with the boys out of school! Thanks for sharing, Jamie! Hope you have a good holiday!

  13. Paula, I feel the same way! My almost 8 year old is trying things I never dreamed! Can’t wait to try this one :-) Nic


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