14 Homemade Hummus Recipes That Make the Perfect Appetizers

Hummus – the Arabic word for chickpea – has been eaten for centuries. The earliest known recipe dates to 13th century Cairo, and chickpeas have been a major cultivar throughout the Middle East and India for thousands of years. Some even say chickpeas grew in the famed garden of Babylon.

Hummus as a dish consists of chickpeas (you may know them as garbanzo beans) that have been cooked and mashed, then flavored with garlic, olive oil, lemon, salt and tahini, a bitter, nutty paste made from ground sesame seeds.

Hummus is also a historically healthful food, loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This heart-healthy snack is rich in fiber and protein and low in cholesterol, too.

In the kitchen, hummus is ultra-versatile. While most use it as a dip for crackers and fresh veggies, it also makes a great spread – use it in place of mayo on your favorite sandwich.

1. Classic Hummus

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Find this recipe for classic hummus – and loads of hummus history – here.

2. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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This popular variation on classic hummus blends in the sweet-spicy flavor of fire-roasted red peppers.

The recipe is available here.

3. Avocado Hummus

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The Simple Proof

Served cold, hummus is a perfect dish for the dog days of summer; this recipe is made that much better with the creamy, California twist of avocado.

4. Chipotle Lime Hummus

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Dish Maps

This recipe gives the Middle Eastern mainstay a spicy, south-of-the-border spin with the flavors of tart lime and smoky chipotle.

5. Cucumber Dill Hummus

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Ashley A La Heart

Cool things off with this cucumber dill hummus recipe, perfect for dipping!

6. Creamy Edamame Pea Hummus

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Garlic, lemon, cumin and tahini team up with the crisp, healthful flavors fresh edamame and peas in this recipe.

7. Sriracha Pumpkin Hummus

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It’s time for #allpumpkineverything.

Spice things up with this spicy, smoky and all-around surprising recipe.

8. Balsamic Caramelized Onion Hummus

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Full Fork Ahead

Who says hummus has to be ho-hum?

This recipe elevates the classic spread to high art with sweet, savory balsamic-caramelized onions.

9. Roasted Beet Hummus

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Lick My Spoon

Let’s face it – hummus’ beige is boring – boost that with the bright-red blush of roasted beets with this recipe.

10. Artichoke Hummus

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Feed Me Phoebe

Hearty and healthy, this artichoke hummus dip is great for any occasion.

11. Kalamata Olive Hummus

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Thyme and Toast

This recipe uses the rich, intense flavor of those glorious, aubergine Kalamata olives for a Mediterranean hummus unlike any other.

12. Spicy Peanut Hummus

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Ashley A La Heart

Peanuts, spicy peppers, chili and paprika with tickle your taste buds in this Asian-inspired hummus recipe.

13. Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Hummus

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Sweet Caroline’s Cooking

Sun-dried tomatoes, basil and pine nuts lend their unique flavors to this recipe.

14. Nutella Dessert Hummus

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Whitney Bond

That’s right: dessert hummus. The flavors of tahini and Nutella make this recipe a doubly nutty delight.

Do you have your own unique hummus recipes? We’d love to hear them!

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