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Mim’s Lebanese Hummus

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Mim’s  Lebanese Hummus is simply garbanzo beans, hummus, lemon, garlic, and salt, it’s heavenly! As a bonus, this Homemade Hummus is super easy to make.

Lebanese Hummus in a white bowl garnished with seeds and parsley

Easy Hummus Recipe Your Way

Whether you use classic hummus as a dip or spread, this recipe is perfection. You can tweak it to your liking, adding more water to thin it out (my friend, Mim, says to never use the juice from the canned beans), more lemon or garlic depending on your tastes. I do use canned beans for convenience, but feel free to buy dried and cook them yourself. When I have time, I remove the skins from the garbanzo beans by hand. This ensures the smoothest hummus possible. But it is an extra step that isn’t truly necessary unless you’re really trying to impress someone!

Overhead view of Classic Hummus in a white bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, seeds and parsley to garnish

Mim’s Homemade Hummus, Her Family’s Recipe

One of my dear foodie friends is of Lebanese descent, and this is her famous family recipe for classic hummus. No funky additives like roasted peppers, avocado or cayenne, just the simple taste of garbanzos, garlic, and lemon. I use hummus as a sandwich spread layered with avocado and a sprinkle of sea salt, but it’s also lovely in endive leaves with a dusting of paprika for an easy appetizer or served traditionally with pita wedges. You can garnish with a swirl olive oil and some toasted sunflower seeds or pine nuts.

Thank you, Mim, for this terrific hummus recipe! Though Mim’s hummus is my easy, go-to recipe, try this ultra Creamy Hummus from Scratch which involves cooking your own garbanzo beans.

Hummus | Classic Hummus simply flavored with lemon and garlic
closeup view of hummus
Old photo circa 2010

Hummus | Classic Hummus simply flavored with lemon and garlic

Mim’s Lebanese Hummus

Classic Hummus made with garbanzo beans

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 10 servings


  • 2-3 cloves of garlic mashed/minced with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 2 14-ounce cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 5-6 tablespoons tahini (stir well in jar before measuring)
  • Juice of one lemon (or more to taste)
  • Water, to thin


  1. Put garbanzo beans, mashed garlic, tahini and lemon juice in food processor. Process till smooth, adding water to thin to desired consistency.
  2. Serve with pita triangles, crackers or vegetables


If you want extremely smooth hummus, remove garbanzo bean skins.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 223mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 9g


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