For the recent Eagles VS Vikings playoff game, Will and I had our first football watching party. For the very first time, we actually planned to spend time with people watching the game. Lo and behold, we were able to witness the Philadelphia Eagles win the game that would bring them to the SUPERBOWL to take on the Patriots!
The last time the Eagles played the Patriots in a Superbowl, I was in high school and living in New Hampshire. You can probably guess who I should have been rooting for at that time. Even though I’ve never been enthusiastic about football, that was a memorable time because the Patriots winning resulted in me in having a couple days of no homework! But now that we live in Philadelphia, it’s probably best that I join in and cheer on the Eagles.
Anywho, watching the playoffs was actually a ton of fun, and Will and I are looking forward to watching the BIG big game (I have never thought I would ever say that in my life). Most of all, we’re excited about the food that’s usually associated with Superbowl/football parties, and this year, we’re going to make a boatload of hummus. Not because we’re going to a really huge party or anything, but homemade hummus? Give us any reason to make it, and we will.
I actually used to be on the Chrissy Teigen’s “hummus sucks” team, but homemade hummus is soOOoOOoo goooOOoooOoOd. Maybe because it’s made with love, who knows. Also, it’s super easy and the ingredients are readily available at your supermarket – that is, if you don’t already have them laying around at home.
Easy Homemade Hummus
1 can of chickpeas, drained
1 garlic clove
Juice of 1 big lemon
1/2 cup tahini
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt, more for taste as needed
Place all ingredients except water in a high-powered blender. Start blending on speed 1, slowly turning the dial to speed 10/high. User tamper as needed. If the texture is too thick, slowly add a little water at a time and continue blending until desired consistency.
Homemade Hummus Variations
Now, I know you didn’t think we would just stop at a basic hummus recipe. Will and I have tried many different variations of hummus – some good, some ok, and some bad. But experimenting is fun. You could make many different types of hummus. It’s as simple as adding one extra ingredient to enhance your hummus to the next level. These three are our favorites, but feel free to experiment and up your hummus game to the next level (or be the superstar at the next Superbowl party)!
Caramelized Onions Hummus
We usually prefer easy recipes, but we’re going to be totally honest here: this type of hummus takes the longest to make… at least an hour. And the results are worth it. It takes a long time because you have to spend time and caramelize onions, but it’s so delicious. Caramelizing onions definitely takes patience. If you’re looking to make a LOT, we’ve recently found a slow-cooker version that takes very little effort (but still a good chunk of time)! The rich flavor of this recipe will hook you just like it did us.
Easy Homemade Hummus ingredients + 1 medium onion, caramelized
Caramelize onion. Add half of the caramelized onions to the Easy Homemade Hummus recipe. Blend on top speed until smooth, using tamper if needed. If too thick, slowly add a little water at a time and continue blending until desired consistency. Turn off machine once smooth. For added texture, add the remainder of the caramelized onions. Pulse or blend on low speed for 10 seconds or until consistently chopped and mixed.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Roasting a red pepper is easy! Throw it directly on the stove, over the flame to blacken the skin. Turn the pepper until the whole thing looks burned. After that, it’s easy to peel under cold running water.
Easy Homemade Hummus ingredients + 1/2 red pepper, roasted
Add half of a roasted red pepper to the Easy Homemade Hummus recipe. Blend on top speed until smooth and turn off. If too thick, slowly add a little water at a time and continue blending until desired consistency. For texture, add the other half of the pepper. Pulse or blend on low speed for 10 seconds or until consistently chopped and mixed.
Roasted/Pickled Beet Hummus
This version is best if you have roasted AND pickled beets, but it’s ok if you just have one or the other. I’d choose pickled if I had to make the decision.
Easy Homemade Hummus ingredients + 1/4 cup roasted beets + 1/4 pickled beets
Add 1/4 cup peeled, roasted beet to the Easy Homemade Hummus recipe. Blend on top speed until smooth and turn off. If too thick, slowly add a little water at a time and continue blending until desired consistency. For texture, add 1/4 cup pickled beet. Pulse or blend on low speed for 10 seconds or until consistently chopped and blended. Tangy!
Watch the water content – In the basic Easy Homemade Hummus recipe, we list water on the ingredient list for texture. Some people might like a thicker hummus to dip their vegetables or crackers in and others may like a thinner consistency for spreading on sandwiches or salads. Either way, you add the amount of water you want to get the consistency you want. However, if you’re going to be adding extra ingredients to the basic recipe, hold off on the water until the very end, just in case your extra ingredient has a higher water content than you may have realized. You most likely will not have to add any water when using ingredients like onions, bell peppers, or beets.
When Will and I first made a roasted red pepper hummus, we made a huge batch of the Easy Homemade Hummus as we usually do, but we added a little water for the consistency before adding in the peppers in the end. Even though the hummus still ended up being really tasty, the consistency was a lot thinner than we would have liked. Thus, you can see for the pepper and beet version we say to leave out the water.
Overheating your blender – Hummus can have a pretty thick consistency which can take a toll on your blender. Even if you’re using an older model of the Vitamix, it’s wise to just do a smaller amount as we list in these recipes. If you have a newer vitamix with the short, wide container, you can double or triple the recipe without any problem at all.