Homemade Hummus with Za'atar and Sweet Paprika

This homemade hummus is velvety smooth and full of flavor. Serve it with naan or pitas, veggies, over salad—the possibilities are endless.
Course Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Dana Sandonato


  • 2 cups chickpeas reserve approx. 1/3 cup of liquid and approx. 1/4 cup chickpeas for garnish, drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper to taste


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Za'atar
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet paprika (or regular paprika)
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  • erve with pitas


  • Put the chickpeas, tahini, oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor (a blender will give you a much smoother hummus).
  • Begin to blend and add the chickpea liquid as needed to create a smooth purée.
  • Taste and adjust to your liking.
  • Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Garnish with za’atar, paprika, parsley, and extra chickpeas.


Makes approx. 2 cups.
!If you want to create your own za'atar, simply mix the following1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons sumac
Kosher salt and crackled black pepper