Simple Perfect Hummus



  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained with liquid reserved
  • 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice (depends on tartness of lemon)
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 treaspoon ground cumin (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional), more for serving
  • Garbanzo bean canning liquid (or water), as needed for thinning
  • Chopped parsley, paprika, olive oil, and pita bread/chips for serving


  1. Drain the beans and reserve the canning liquid.
  2. In a food processor, combine all ingredients.
  3. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add canning liquid or water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Pour onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley and top with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with warmed pita bread or pita chips.