April 3rd 2008
archived under: Grain Free, Meatless, Party Foods and Snacks, Recipes

This is going to be part 1 in a 3-part series on perfect party dips. At first, I thought it would only be 1 of 2, but then I realized I have never posted about how to make homemade pita chips! Tortilla chips, yes, plenty of times, but not pita chips. So I’ll have to buy some more pitas and make another batch. Eventually.

Anyway, everyone loves party dips, but not everyone loves the “bad stuff” that can be in them. These two are relatively healthy, and while they do have some fat, it’s the “good fat” from olive oils.

The first dip we’re focusing on is the yummus hummus. Really, it’s just hummus, but it’s so delicious, I had to add the yummus part.

party dips with pita chips

Here’re (is that a word?) the ingredients you’ll need to make my yummus hummus recipe:

  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans, drained (reserve the liquid from one can)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic (or 3 Tbsp pre-minced garlic from a jar)
  • paprika to taste
  • basil, parsley, or other herbs to taste
  • extra virgin olive oil

Basically, you just throw together everything except the olive oil into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add olive oil and the reserved bean liquid until it’s smooth enough for your liking.

It’s also really good with some red bell peppers thrown in and blended together with it. Mmm… or olives. There are tons of hummus variations, so try whatever you think would be good! It can’t hurt.

homemade hummus

This is delicious with homemade pita chips, wheat thins, Triscuits, on carrots (or celery or other raw veggies)… in a pita with some alfalfa sprouts and a slice of tomato… the possibilities are endless!

That sounds simply delicious. I’ll have to give it a try. I haven’t had fresh made hummus in a while.
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Robin Rivers (3 comments)

I have been searching for a great hummous recipe.

These look very tasty.

My hummous-loving preschooler will fall on her head when I make something fresh for her.


Gina (4 comments)

Add a salad and this could be my dinner! I love hummus and anything with olives. I also make my own pita chips. You can eat so many more that way…not so much fat. I brush mine with a little olive oil and sprinkle with a little coarse salt. I look forward to the tapenade recipe. YUM!

April (5 comments)

Yours looks SO SMOOTH. How did you do that? Mine always has these unappetizing little chickpea skins floating around because they somehow missed the blade. I’ve used a food processor, regular blender, and an immersion blender to try and get the smooth smooth dippiness like yours shows.

And also: roasted eggplant in the hummus. YUM.

Ellie (1 comments)

My recipe is similar but I like to add a tsp of cumin and about twice that much tahini. Then I drizzle the top with olive oil and drop some really good kalamatas on top and serve it with pitas, peeled cukes and sliced tomatoes. We love “Yummus Hummus”! (great name!)

Celine (2 comments)

I can see myself diving head-first in such a delicious bowl of hummus.

Nix (5 comments)

Oooo I may have to try to make my own. A lot less “I wonder what is in this..”

giabella designs (3 comments)

oops! can’t forget the garlic! 2 cloves

giabella designs (3 comments)

That looks great! This is how I make hummus. 2 cans garbonzo beans, keep some juice, 1 whole bunch of cilantro, 2 jalepeno peppers, salt and pepper to taste, Juice from 1 lime, 2 tablespoons olive oil.

So yummy!

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