Homemade Hummus Easy Recipe Without Tahini

Hummus is a great accompaniment to fresh, raw veggies as well as flatbreads and chips. I have tried several recipes, attempting my own chickpea concoctions, and finally settled on a great version that uses only ingredients from my master pantry list — which means, a hummus without tahini.

I love homemade hummus, but not the cost of tahini. Check out my secret pantry staple to get that classic taste without the cost.

Tahini is a nut-butter-like paste made from sesame seeds. I tried a hummus using peanut butter as a substitute, but it tasted rather odd. Not a good solution.

Hummus, I decided, needs a bit of sesame to be right.

And sesame oil is already a part of my pantry staples. Sesame oil adds a richness and depth to stir-fry and marinades, and now it’s also an essential element in our easy, frugal hummus.

Simple, Frugal No-Tahini Hummus Recipe

I love homemade hummus, but not the cost of tahini. Check out my secret pantry staple to get that classic taste without the cost.
  1. Soak dry chickpeas overnight.
  2. Cook chickpeas in plenty of salted, slowly simmering water until they are quite tender.
  3. Drain the chickpeas, but keep the water (chickpea broth!).
  4. Taste a chickpea, add more salt if needed. Add a sprinkle of garlic powder, a dash of sesame oil, and a drizzle of olive oil. Start with small quantities.
  5. Blend in a blender, food processor, or with an immersion blender. Add chickpea broth or olive oil as required to get a good consistency.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Alternatively, of course, you can use canned chickpeas in place of steps 1 & 2.

Serve hummus on crackers, bread, soft pretzels (I bake mine into small squares or sticks as pictured above), carrots, other raw veggies, or spread in tortillas.

What other ways do you eat hummus?

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  1. As you know, I love your book…and I live on hummus and eat it daily. I just used up my tahini (which requires a trip to the natural/expensive store to get) and wondered WHAT I would do. Thank you so much: I would have never thought just to use sesame oil!

    1. Now you don’t have to make a special trip. :) I came up with it after my grocery store didn’t replace their stock (the price label was there, but no jars!) for over a month, and I wasn’t going to take 4 kids to the tiny health food store. :)

  2. I love it! I don’t buy tahini, but I do have sesame oil! I do the same as you — pantry staples ONLY. I had to simplify and reduce costs about a year ago, and that’s the path I took. :)

  3. I really like hummus and, as I was looking for a recipe, I came across yours and I plan to try it today.

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