copycat Trader Joe’s mediterranean hummus recipe

If you’ve ever had Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus, you probably have a good idea of why I have been so motivated to recreate this stuff at home.

Ever since I tried TJ’s Mediterranean Hummus for the first time, I have been obsessed.  I have been trying to fine tune this recipe for years, & I think I’ve finally got it down!

Now, I know my recipe may not be exactly the same as theirs… but for those of us who can’t pop in to a TJ’s whenever we want, this recipe is a very close second!

Try it out (and if you do live near a Trader Joe’s, please buy a container to do a side-by-side comparison) and let me know what you think!  :o)

This is a very creamy, smooth & lemony hummus.  Not as strong on the tahini side of things as some hummus recipes you may be used to, but those differences are what make this so good!

Copycat Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus Recipe

2 cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas) drained (about 3 cups)
1 garlic clove
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons tahini
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
zest of 1 large lemon
juice of 2 large lemons
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
about 1/2 cup hot water

Place the garlic clove in the food processor and pulse a few times.

Dump the rest of the ingredients in to the food processor, except for the hot water, and run for 3-4 minutes.  After the first 30 seconds or so, stream in the water while the processor is still running – until you reach your desired consistency and continue to process until very smooth and creamy.

Taste for seasoning and consistency, adding a bit more water if needed.  This will set up a bit in the fridge, so make it a tad runnier than you think you’d like!

Pour the hummus into a container & chill a few hours or overnight before serving to let the flavors meld.

Before serving, drizzle with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes.

(For a true Trader Joe’s copy, top with pine nuts, dried parsley, and dehydrated bell pepper!)

Serve with veggies and rice crackers or pita chips!

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  • Monique

    I LOVE this recipe, thank you so much. I add a lot more garlic, but other than that it’s perfect. I, too, don’t live close to TJ’s which makes my favorite hummus. I’ve tried several recipes and this is the best I’ve come across.

    • annaliseree

      Thanks Monique! :o) I like a lot more garlic too sometimes, depending on my mood… but my husband is not a huge garlic fan, so I try to tone it down most of the time!

  • Cabo

    Way too much lemon juice with 2 lemons. Came too lemony and sour.

  • jes

    SO TASTY!! I only used one lemon, added 2 additional cloves of garlic, and used cayenne pepper as I could not find red pepper in the store. Better than TJs!!!

  • Reckless Cognition

    Very tasty, but I had to add an extra can of chickpeas and increase other ingredients
    to mellow the lemon juice out. Hard to tell how much was used in the original. 2 tbsp?

  • Sam

    Juice of half a lemon was plenty for this recipe!

  • Sam

    less salt is better, too. Maybe half a teaspoon or less – or add a dash of tamari instead

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  • Caitlin Comfort

    I just made this and it was SO good! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Elizabeth

    I used dried chick peas (and thus the 3 cups measurement) and it turned out fantastic. This is the best TJ knock off I’ve seen! Thanks.

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