Lick-the-Bowl-Clean Hummus Recipe
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Lick-the-Bowl-Clean Hummus Recipe

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“Everyone loves hummus, but I enjoy the garlic and onion types so much that I decided to let them shine in this homemade version. I get so many compliments when I serve it!”—Sarah Gilbert, Beaverton, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Baked pita chips or assorted fresh vegetables

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 218 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute onions in 1/4 cup oil until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until deep golden brown.
  2. Transfer to a food processor; add the beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, pepper and remaining oil. Cover and process for 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve with chips. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Lick-the-Bowl-Clean Hummus in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p69

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Jadefirefly81 User ID: 8931840 253967
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2016

"Hummus has a bite to it. I assume it's from the raw garlic. Next time I will use roasted garlic. Loved the flavor otherwise. To take out the bite, I added a small container if Greek yogurt as suggested in another post. Made it extra creamy. Will definitely make again!"

allenhome User ID: 8690748 243596
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"The onion taste was way too strong for me. It did get better after a few days though."

raysue User ID: 3126582 223549
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"It got better after a couple days for me. Great with Mediterranean Pita Chips."

THeidner User ID: 7820252 212465
Reviewed May. 25, 2014

"This was really good. I did have to make some adjustments because of what I had. My Tahini Sauce from Trader Joes already had garlic and lemon juice, so I used that and added less garlic . I added sesame oil to get that tahini taste. And since I only had 1 onion, that's all I could do. I also found myself adding some cumin to add a depth of flavor without the cumin taste - my mom hates cumin and she couldn't taste it, but it added that something special flavor. And make sure your beans are soft going into the processor. If they don't mush in your mouth easily, it won't be smooth. So just cook them until soft."

eversbeaver User ID: 2223765 194528
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"So so so good. Follow the recipe exactly it's worth it!"

mrs.heredia1202 User ID: 6716268 132556
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

"other then not using tahini oil (dont know what it was) made it the way it was said and loved it! if you like garlic and onion then you'll love this!!"

avonderchek User ID: 2096055 111003
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

"I would add more garlic."

lesleigh5 User ID: 6116448 178902
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"<p>Best hummus EVER! Friends who don't typically like hummus ask for the recipe. You really don't need the entire 1/3 c. oil when processing. I replace the tahini with 1/4 c. fat-free greek yogurt. You will seriously lick the bowl clean!</p> -Lesleigh Baden"

jessw31178 User ID: 5909454 195681
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"I have made this recipe about six times. It has been my food assignment at family gatherings since I brought it the first time for the super bowl. I like to add extra lemon, salt, red pepper, and cumin to it. about an 1/8 tsp red pepper and 2 tsp of cumin. But I always end up adding more to taste."

Shrimpcake User ID: 2821777 193162
Reviewed May. 17, 2011

"This is easy and delicious. I also added some lime juice for extra flavor. Will be making this often."

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