Taste Test: The Best Hummus
We taste-tested dozens of hummus chickpea spreads from the grocery store and online to find our favorites.
Trader Joe's Original Hummus Dip
Judges shamelessly lost all sense of portion control when digging into this "creamy and thick" spread, infused with the "perfect blend of lemon and garlic." Unlike most traditional hummus, this dip doesn't contain tahini (sesame paste), lending it a "lighter" texture that begged to be slathered on cracker after cracker. ($3.50 for 16 ounces, available at most Trader Joe's stores)
Holy Land Jalapeño Hummus
This "fresh and tangy" winner gave tasters the heat they craved without setting off a four-alarm blaze in their mouths. The secret? "Just the right amount of jalapeños." Judges also gave the hummus props for authenticity: It uses extra-creamy Israeli tahini. ($3.30 for 8 ounces, available at Whole Foods Markets, or go to holyandbrand.com for stores)
BEST RED PEPPER
Abraham's All Natural Hummos with Roasted Red Peppers
Our tasters happily ate this winner with their eyes first, noting its beautiful "charred bits" of roasted red peppers. (Plenty of competitors spiked theirs with roasted pepper flavoring.) Made in small batches, its "smoky sweetness" went over big with judges. ($4.50 for 8 ounces, available online at abrahamsnatural.com)
Sabra Sun Dried Tomatoes Hummus
Sun-dried tomatoes are the center of attention here. A "supersmooth" chickpea base orbits "chewy, bright bits" of tomato. Just don't let the crudités platter have all the fun: One taster raved that this "full-bodied and intense" hummus would add much-needed zest to a turkey sandwich. ($4 for 10 ounces, available at most grocery stores)
Tribe All Natural Roasted Garlic Hummus
Our picky panel hardly needed convincing that this hummus was one of Tribe's bestsellers. While other garlic varieties left them hankering for a fistful of mints, this version had a "sweet garlic flavor" with a hint of lemon for balance. Now that turns a celery stalk into a tasty snack. ($3.50 for 8 ounces, available at most grocery stores)
Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in March 2009.