Versatile, satisfying, and simple to make, hummus is an ace in the plant-eater’s deck. These hummus recipes combine chickpeas and other beans with herbs, veggies, and tantalizing spice blends to achieve rich flavors without using oil. What are all the ways you can use hummus? The possibilities are endless. But we like them served as a dip with crudités, crackers, or baked tortilla chips; as a spread on wraps and sandwiches; or as the creamy element of a Buddha bowl.

The Best Oil-Free Hummus

This is a great basic chickpea hummus recipe to include in your repertoire. With no added oil, or even tahini, it’s very low in fat and big on flavor. Enjoy the it in its classic form, or jazz it up with ingredients like toasted sesame seeds, olives, or eggplant.

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Curried Roasted Carrot Hummus

A couple of carrots, a can of chickpeas, some lime juice, and a few everyday spices are all you need to whip up a batch of this sunny, spicy-sweet hummus.

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Lima Bean Pesto Hummus

Lima beans replace chickpeas in this refreshing, basil-infused hummus, which we love as a spread for veggie sandwiches on toasted whole grain bread.

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Emerald Hummus Dip with Fresh Herbs

Loaded with fresh ingredients including spinach, green onions, parsley, chives, and cilantro, this vibrant hummus will make your taste buds tingle.

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Curried Acorn Squash Hummus with Crudités

Feeling festive? Serve this lightly spiced acorn hummus with the usual finger-food dippers such as veggie sticks and toasted pita squares. For extra pizzazz use the scooped-out squash shell as a serving bowl.

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Sonoran Desert Tepary Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Switch things up with this tepary bean hummus. Tepary beans make a creamier hummus compared with chickpeas. Add the smoky flavor of roasted red pepper and you’ve got a mouthwatering dip that goes fast.

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Herbed Hummus

Fresh tarragon, basil, and parsley are the star ingredients in this summery hummus. For a light meal or snack try it in these yummy collard green veggie wraps.

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Navy Bean Hummus and Mixed Vegetable Pita Pockets

Creamy and garlicky, with a zing of fresh lime juice, this is one tasty dip. The recipe calls for navy beans cooked from scratch, but it’s still ready in only 35 minutes. Not bad!

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Green Pea Hummus with Fresh Mint

Frozen peas do it again in this fantastic green pea–chickpea hummus. Add mint, lemon, lime, and garlic for a low-fat spread that tastes as good as it looks.

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Pumpkincredible Hummus

This blend-and-eat dip comes together in 15 minutes or less. The vibrant orange color looks fabulous, and the spicy-smoky pumpkin flavors are incredibly comforting and satisfying.

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White Bean Hummus with Fresh Thyme and Basil

Rich with the aroma of fresh thyme and basil, this cannellini bean hummus recipe uses Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar to delicious effect.

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Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade Hummus

Roasted red pepper, artichoke hearts, and capers give this chickpea hummus tapenade-like flavors, and a dash of cayenne pepper revs up the heat. Make a batch of baked tortilla chips, put up your feet, and chow down.

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Harissa Hummus

A homemade oil-free take on harissa (a spicy North African chile paste) adds kick and a deliciously nuanced smoky flavor to an easy-to-make hummus.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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