10-Second Tricks That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Hummus

Hummus is a healthy, tasty snack—and it's incredibly easy to jazz up. If you've been wondering how to make hummus taste better, we've got a few easy hacks everyone will love!

Hummus is wonderful as a snack or side when you’re having people over to nosh. But sometimes you want a little more from your store-bought hummus. If you’re ready to take your snack to the next level, check out our tips and tricks on how to make hummus taste better in under a minute.

When you want to go the extra mile, here’s how to make hummus from scratch.

How to Make Store-Bought Hummus Taste Better

Add a Pop of Pomegranate

If you’re deciding on a festive appetizer to serve up at your next holiday gathering, try adding pomegranate seeds to your hummus. The jewel-like seeds instantly transform hummus from a humble dip to an eye-catching starter. The mix of sweetness and crunchy texture adds a surprising twist.

Don’t let the idea of wrestling the seeds out of the fruit put you off—deseeding a pomegranate is easier than you think. The bonus part? Pomegranates have loads of health benefits and adding the seeds to your hummus is a simple way to get more of the juicy fruit into your diet.

Squeeze a Lil’ Lemon

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A squeeze of fresh lemon adds a fantastic pop of acidity to store-bought hummus. Mix in about half a lemon’s worth of juice to bring a little brightness to your hummus.

Add Some Nice Spice

It’s time to delve into your spice cabinet! Spices like paprika, cayenne pepper and sumac all lend a marvelous layer of nuance to a classic hummus dip. Seasoning your hummus with spices is perfect when you want to supercharge your hummus dishes with flavor. This trick also works with making canned soup taste better.

Stir in Yogurt or Tahini

If your store-bought hummus isn’t as creamy as you’d like it, or it’s a little bland and could use some added flavor, a spoonful or two of greek yogurt or tahini will do the trick!

Drizzle on Olive Oil

For that restaurant appearance (and taste), add a little drizzle of olive oil on top of your hummus before serving. You’ll want to make sure you go with a quality olive oil to ensure an elevated taste.

Use a Fun Mix-In

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Give your plain hummus a burst of color and flavor by adding things like mashed avocados, pesto or even canned pumpkin puree. The mashed avocado and pesto will give the hummus a vibrant green color, giving your snack spread an eye-appealing look. Each of these mix-ins will add to the creaminess of the dip while creating an earthy flavor that’s not too overwhelming.

Did you know adding vegetables to store-bought spaghetti sauce makes it taste better too?

Mash in Chickpeas

For those who like a little added texture to their dips, try coarsely mashing in a few chickpeas to your hummus (the key here is not to mash them too much). You could even go as far as roasting the chickpeas before adding them to the dip. It’ll give the hummus a nice crunch and if you add some spices and seasonings to the chickpeas while they’re roasting, a nice kick of flavor will be added too.

Garnish Away

A simple touch of fresh chopped green onions, chives, parsley, rosemary or dill is another brilliant way to add more flavor to your hummus. Just add the herb of your choice (or use a mix!), drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle on some sea salt.

Sprinkle on the Seeds

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Toasted sesame seeds make another wonderful addition to store-bought hummus, giving the hummus a rich, nutty flavor. You can toast sesame seeds at home in a skillet or buy them from your local supermarket.

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Camille Berry
With nearly a decade of freelancing under her belt (six with Taste of Home), Camille regularly taps into her background to write about about all things food and drink. Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a keyboard and covers all aspects of food and drink.