How to Make Perfect Game Day Hummus

How to Make Perfect Game Day Hummus

classic hummus

One of my very favorite Game Day snacks is hummus. It’s a super healthy, delicious, spreadable dip that’s made primarily with chickpeas. In fact, the word ‘hummus’ literally means ‘chickpea’ in Arabic, which is how it got its name. Homemade hummus tastes better than any of the store-bought varieties, and can be dressed up or down, depending on your personal preference.

The dish originated from the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern region hundreds of years ago. It’s still quite popular today worldwide, and it’s a perfect addition to your Game Day snack spread!

How to Make the Hummus


  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 c. + 2 Tbsp. well stirred tahini paste
  • 1/4 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 1/2 – 2 large lemons)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 c. ice water (with ice)
  • Good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Serve with pita or pretzel chips, crackers or cut up vegetables

hummus with tomatoes and pine nuts
Hummus topped with chopped tomatoes and roasted pine nuts


In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the chickpeas with the tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and the ice water until smooth.

The purpose for the ice water is to make the hummus fluffy, so if you feel you need to add a little more, do so slowly, one tablespoon at a time until you’ve reached the consistency you’re looking for.

Spread the hummus on a serving plate, swirling with a spatula to make it pretty.

Drizzle the olive oil over the top, and then garnish with toppings of your choice:

  • A sprinkling of additional cumin or smoked paprika
  • Additional chickpeas
  • Chopped tomato or cucumber
  • Chopped parsley or cilantro
  • Roasted pine nuts

Health Benefits of Hummus

Aside from tasting great, hummus offers a lot of health benefits! An article written by Ryan Raman, MS, RD on healthline.com highlights 8 great reasons to eat more hummus.

  1. It’s highly nutritious and packed with protein
  2. Great for fighting inflammation
  3. High in fiber promoting digestive health and good gut bacteria
  4. May help control blood sugar levels
  5. May reduce heart risk disease
  6. Promotes weight loss and the maintenance of a healthy body weight
  7. Naturally gluten-, nut-, and dairy-free
  8. Super easy to include in your daily diet

Here are some additional topping ideas for delicious hummus, but really you can use anything you want – so have fun and be creative!

  • Toasted Pine Nuts, chopped parsley and little more olive oil
  • Chopped sun-dried tomatoes, chopped basil, a little more lemon juice and olive oil
  • Crumbled crisp bacon (fried or baked), chopped roasted red peppers, a little more lemon juice and olive oil

And if you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it, and what toppings you used!

Kris Slaboszewski

Kris Slaboszewski

Avid lover of all things in the kitchen (cooking, baking, eating, etc.), dogs and travel. While I do not consider myself to be an expert in any of these categories, I am excited to share my own experiences and stories with you!

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