Cannellini Bean Hummus without Tahini

Don’t ever reach for another tub of commercially made hummus in the deli case, yuck! I have served this to everyone from kids to wine snobs and they have all licked the bowl. The addition on the cannellini beans gives a lovely smoothness to the dip that you just can’t get with only chickpeas. I make my hummus without tahini paste, and that is because I don’t like tahini. If you like tahini and have it in the house I guess you could add a tablespoon or so of it. My cannellini bean hummus without tahini makes a great dip for veggies or spread for wraps and sandwiches.  Plus hummus will stand up nicely for school/work/picnic lunches.

Ways to Use Hummus That Aren’t Dip

So there are only so many time you can serve hummus as dip.  Here are a few ways to use hummus that aren’t dip for chips and veggies. Not that this family hasn’t had hummus and veggies for dinner more than once.

  1. Spread on a wrap or sandwich
  2. Spread on grilled chicken
  3. Use as dressing on a pasta salad
  4. Below the avocado on avocado toast
  5. Make veggie pizza with hummus as the base


Cannellini Bean and Chickpea Hummus

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 can garbanzo beans/chickpeas
  • 1 can Cannellini beans
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons and zest of one
  • 1-2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Dash hot sauce I like Chalua garlic hot sauce
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Rinse and drain the beans (reserve 2 tablespoons of the liquid from the chickpeas). Put all the beans in the food processor with the juice from the lemons, the lemon zest, and the 2 tablespoons of liquid from the can. Turn on the machine and grate the 2 cloves of garlic into the running food processor, add the cumin, hot sauce, fresh black pepper and about 2 teaspoons of salt.
  2. Leaving the machine on drizzle in about 1/2 cup of the olive oil slowly, you may need to add more oil or lemon juice if the dip is too tight, I like almost a full cup of oil making the dip light and smooth. Once the dip has reached the right consistence remove from the processor and mix in 1-3 tablespoon fresh diced cilantro. Taste and adjust salt and spices as needed. Serve with veggies and pita chips or spread on a sandwich or wrap.
  3. For more spice increase the hot sauce or fresh garlic, if it needs more lemon flavor add more cumin and lemon zest. Don’t be afraid to add more salt if its bland, the amount of salt you need will vary based on the brand of beans you use.

This recipe was first published in October of 2011 on Cook Better Than Most Restaurants.

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