I bought the ingredients (you can see some of them here) and grossly underestimated how much they would make. The ingredients cost me $9. I thought I'd get 32 oz of hummus. I only used half my ingredients and I made 48 oz. And I ate it ALL. Okay my daughter ate some, but she's a bird, so I ate probably 47.9 oz.
I'm still waiting to saving up swagbucks for a food processor, but because I bought tahini instead of sesame seeds, I could use the blender! Yay! My blender...not so yay! It smoked and roared, and well...it's almost ready to retire.
Aside from the blender mishaps, hummus is actually super easy to make. All you need are chickpeas, garlic, tahini (or sesame seeds), lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, and water. You can buy the chickpeas in a can, or you can go the route I did and soak your own. You get more bean for your buck this way....plus you know what's in them. The math is fuzzy though. A 16oz bag of chickpeas does not equal a 15-16oz can of chickpeas. There is a lot of expansion folks! That's how my math ended up so fuzzy.
If you want to buy dried chickpeas and soak them yourself. It's really not that hard, but it does take patience. You need to let them soak overnight. I wanted my hummus as soon as I unloaded the groceries, so for me....I might try canned next time. Well...not next time, since I still have 1/2 a bag left.
Here's a quick recipe:
Blend it all up until it's nice and smooth. If you cooked your own chickpeas, then a quick warning: warm hummus is a little yucky. Toss it in the fridge for awhile before eating. More waiting? I know, I know! But you'll be glad you did!
Play around with the amount of salt, garlic, lemon, and other spices you use until you get the flavor you like best. I added a bit of paprika, and a little cumin to mine.