Appetizers, Lunch, Snacks

Hummus Yummus 3 Ways

This basic hummus recipe was shared by my fun friend Lisa at least 15 years ago. Although I’ve tweaked it over the years, I’m still making it and still loving it! So creamy and full of flavor, you will make it again and again as well. So quick and so easy!!  Freezes for up to 2 months.

Hummus Yummus 3 Ways

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Approximately 12 Carbs in 2 Tablespoons
Course Appetizer, Brunch, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian, Mexican
Keyword Garbanzo Beans, Garlic, Hummus, Lemon, Pesto, Pine Nuts, Red Roasted Peppers, Roasted Pistachios
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • Food processor
  • Sharp knife
  • Rubber spatula
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • 3 Small bowls If making all three versions.
  • cutting board


  • 2 Cans Organic Garbanzo Beans Plus water from one can only
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, rough chopped
  • ½ Cup Tahini Sesame Paste It may separate like natural peanut butter, so stir from the bottom of container before adding
  • 3 Tbsp Cumin
  • 2 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 6 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (evoo) Divided
  • ¼ Cup Roasted Red Peppers I buy jars of these! Reserve 1 teaspoon to garnish
  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle in Adobo Sauce Use one pepper, remove seeds, and add some of the canned liquid. Add more if you like it really spicy!
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro Reserve 1 teaspoon to garnish
  • 1 Tsp Roasted Pistachios
  • ½ Cup Pesto
  • 2 Tbsp Parsley Reserve 1 teaspoon to garnish
  • 2 Tsp Pine Nuts


  • Gather all tools for the trade: all equipment and ingredients to save you time.
  • Add 2 cans of garbanzo beans and the liquid from only one can to food processor.
  • Add lemon juice, garlic, tahini paste, cumin, salt, pepper, and 3 tbsp evoo to food processor. Mix until you reach a smooth consistency, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add 2-3 tbsp of water if mixture is too thick.
  • Scoop out ⅔ of mixture into two bowls for: 1) basic hummus yummus, and 2) herby hummus. The remaining hummus in food processor is for spicy pepper hummus. You can make all three, or just the basic hummus.
  • Basic Hummus Yummus: Drizzle the mixture in first bowl with evoo. Garnish with reserved cilantro and 1 tsp pine nuts.
  • Spicy Pepper Hummus: To remaining mixture in food processor, add roasted red peppers, chipotle pepper (plus 1-2 tsp canned liquid), and 1 tbsp cilantro. Mix well and remove to a second bowl. Drizzle with evoo. Garnish with reserved cilantro and pistachios.
  • Rinse food processor.
  • Herby Hummus: Add third bowl of mixture, pesto, and parsley to food processor. Mix well. Return to third bowl. Drizzle with evoo. Garnish with reserved parsley and pine nuts.
  • Serve with chips, crackers, avocado slices, and cut veggies. Yummmm!