Best 20 hummus recipes without tahini

Hummus is a traditional Middle Eastern accompaniment made with chick peas and tahini. You might be wondering “What is tahini?”. This ingredient is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. You can find it at any Middle Eastern or Indian grocery store, and even some regular supermarkets carry it in the “Ethnic foods” aisle. You can also buy it online from Amazon. (Get the kind in the jar, not the can. Jarred is less bitter.)

If you still can’t find tahini or don’t have it on hand, don’t worry about it. The hummus will still taste good without it. Hummus without tahini isn’t exactly the way it’s supposed to be made, but if can’t use tahini and you’d like to try making your own hummus, you have to look at the alternatives.

Here are 20 delicious hummus recipes without tahini to get you inspired, in no particular order:

Hummus Without Tahini Recipe
Use a fair amount of lemon juice and a few spices to bring up a good flavor. There’s a lot of flexibility here too – more garlic, maybe some artichoke hearts, more or less of one spice or another.

Hummus Without Tahini Recipe picture by Green Stay at Home Mom

Hummus Without Tahini recipe by Green Stay at Home Mom



Hummus Recipe Without Tahini
Another hummus recipe without tahini. It’s best served with warm toasted pita bread but you can serve it with just about anything!
Hummus Recipe Without Tahini picture by Lloyd Jennings

Hummus Recipe Without Tahini by Lloyd Jennings

Low-Calorie Bean and Sesame Seed Spread (Hummus)
If you want to make hummus but can’t find tahini, try this recipe that uses sesame seeds. It has a subtle flavor and a nice, creamy consistency. Oh, and it’s only 77 calories a serving.

Low Calorie Bean and Sesame Seed Spread Hummus recipe picture by Diet Recipes Blog

Low-Calorie Bean and Sesame Seed Hummus recipe by Diet Recipes Blog

Avocado Hummus Recipe
If you love hummus and avocados, this recipe is for you. It doesn’t use any tahini but the avocados add a wonderful creaminess to the hummus.

Avocado Hummus recipe picture by Chocolate Chillies

Avocado Hummus recipe by Chocolate & Chillies

Garlic Hummus without Tahini
This hummus recipe is super simple and doesn’t have too many ingredients, but it’s a delicious comfort food..

Garlic Hummus without Tahini recipe picture by Carlas Confections

Garlic Hummus without Tahini recipe by Carla’s Confections

Low-Fat No Tahini Cauliflower Hummus
Spread this cauliflower hummus on toasted whole wheat bagels, top with a little sliced tomato on top, and a twist or two of salt and pepper.

Low Fat No Tahini Cauliflower Hummus recipe picture by C.M. Fitz

Low-Fat No Tahini Cauliflower Hummus recipe by C.M. Fitz

Super Fast Hummus
This tahini-less hummus is not completely authentic but it is a great alternative. Chili powder lends a subtle warmth without much heat. Garlic olive oil offers a quick way to pump up the flavor. Serve the hummus as a sandwich spread on bread or tortillas or use it as a dip for crackers and fresh vegetables.

Super Fast Hummus without tahini recipe picture by Our Lady of Second Helpings

Super Fast Hummus recipe by Our Lady of Second Helpings

Hummus (Without Tahini) Recipe
Since most hummus is made from tahini, which is ground up sesame paste, it tends to be a little heavier. This version uses yogurt and sesame oil instead of tahini. You can pair this with everything from whole wheat pita bread to cucumbers and it’s just as delicious, plus you don’t have to have to stop after 2 tablespoons.

Hummus Without Tahini recipe picture by Scrumptiously Fit Food

Hummus (Without Tahini) recipe by Scrumptiously Fit Food

Mung Bean Hummus
Mung beans for hummus sounds strange. But topped with shallot oil and fresh chives, this quick snack is the smoothest, creamiest hummus.

Mung Bean Hummus recipe picture by 101 cookbooks

Mung Bean Hummus recipe by 101 cookbooks

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (without Tahini)
Meet my healthy favorite thing. This hummus makes a delicious dip for veggies or crackers and can be used as a substitute for mayonnaise on sandwiches and wraps.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus without Tahini recipe picture by Vanessas Values

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (without Tahini) recipe by Vanessa’s Values

Hummus (without tahini)
A fabulous tahini-less hummus recipe. Silky-creamy it’s not, but rich with a nice texture it is. Pan-roasted sesame seeds are the secret. Serve with warm pita triangles.

Hummus without tahini recipe picture by Rose Notes

Hummus (without tahini) recipe by Rose Notes

Spinach Hummus Without Tahini
A spinach hummus WITHOUT tahini that’s oil-free (great for cholesterol watchers), comes with more fiber and iron, and takes just 5 minutes to whip up. Spinach hummus can be eaten with baked tortillas chips, carrot sticks, celery, or used as a spread in a toasted sandwich. Or try a toasted flour tortilla filled with warm hummus.

Spinach Hummus Without Tahini recipe picture by Simple Daily Recipes

Spinach Hummus Without Tahini recipe by Simple Daily Recipes

Easy Basic Hummus Recipe
A lot of hummus recipes call for tahini. The good news is that you can make great tasting basic hummus without tahini. The even better news is that it only takes a couple of minutes to whip up a batch of hummus with just a few basic ingredients.

Easy Basic Hummus recipe picture by Mom Always Finds Out

Easy Basic Hummus recipe by Mom Always Finds Out

No Tahini Hummus Loaded with Sesame Flavor
An easy and versatile recipe. The sesame oil permeates that wonderful nutty flavor that an expensive tahini would traditionally provide the hummus. A subtle sweet smoky flavor is derived from the paprika, which is more than a hint but not overbearing.

No Tahini Hummus Loaded with Sesame Flavor recipe picture by Are You Hungry

No Tahini Hummus Loaded with Sesame Flavor recipe by Are You Hungry?

Best Hummus Without Tahini
Hummus is traditionally made with Tahini, but it may be hard to come by in your area. This is just as good.

Best Hummus Without Tahini recipe picture by Betty Bakes

Best Hummus Without Tahini recipe by Betty Bakes

White Bean and Chickpea Hummus
With this recipe, you’ll never have to reach for another tub of commercially made hummus in the deli case again. The addition on the white beans gives a lovely smoothness to the dip that you just can’t get with only chickpeas. This white bean hummus is also made without tahini paste. It makes a great dip for veggies or spread for wraps and sandwiches. Plus hummus will stand up nicely for school/work/picnic lunches.

White Bean and Chickpea Hummus recipe picture by Cook Better Than Most Restaurants

White Bean and Chickpea Hummus recipe by Cook Better Than Most Restaurants

Easy Hummus In a Flash
This is a healthier hummus recipe because it has no tahini and very little oil. Also, this stuff is garlicky, so if you have a makeout session you need to get to after eating this, bring a breath mint or mouthwash.

Easy Hummus In a Flash recipe picture by The Little Foxes

Easy Quick Hummus recipe by The Little Foxes

Slow Cooker White Bean and Garlic Hummus (Vegan)
A creamy and delicious vegan hummus perfect to serve with pitas or crisp, fresh veggies.

Slow Cooker White Bean and Garlic Hummus Vegan recipe picture by 365 Days of Crockpot

Slow Cooker White Bean and Garlic Hummus (Vegan) recipe by 365 Days of Crockpot

Hummus on the Cheap–No Tahini Needed
The biggest downside of hummus is the cost or even the availability of sesame tahini. Sesame oil is very concentrated, so one bottle, while expensive, can last a long time when kept in the refrigerator. It takes just a few drops to expand its flavor in anything from marinades to flavoring frying oil. It’s certainly less expensive by far than the tahini!

Hummus on the Cheap without tahini recipe picture by The Minimalist Cook

Hummus on the Cheap no tahini needed recipe by The Minimalist Cook

Remember, eating hummus with whole wheat pita bread creates a perfectly balanced meal. Hummus is rich in protein, when ingested with whole grains, which are full of healthy carbs causes our bodies to uptake the nutrients of both easier. Think along the lines of taking calcium and vitamin D. So don’t be afraid to eat a little (whole wheat) carbs with that hummus!

If you’ve tried any of these recipes don’t forget to leave a comment!

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Comments: 6

  1. Ashlee June 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm Reply

    Wow! Thanks so much for including my Easy Hummus in a Flash recipe! So glad I found your site. :)

    • The Food Explorer June 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm Reply

      You’re welcome and thanks for the great recipe! :)

  2. Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies June 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for including my Avocado Hummus in your roundup!

    • The Food Explorer June 6, 2013 at 7:42 am Reply

      You’re welcome! Your recipe is one of my favorites! :)

  3. Becky Marie June 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm Reply

    While I am flattered to be included in this linkup, my photo was used without permission. Please remove the photo or edit your code to make the image unpinnable by adding nopin=”nopin” code to the image HTML.

    • The Food Explorer June 6, 2013 at 7:43 am Reply

      I’m really sorry about that. I have disabled the pinning option from your image and if you wish I will remove the photo altogether.

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