Hummus is one of those things I’ve historically bought, thinking it was probably too much effort to make at home – plus, you need lots of hard-to-find ingredients, right? WRONG. Making your own hummus is so easy, and super budget-friendly. This hummus uses canned chickpeas, olive oil, some garlic and spices, a squeeze of lemon, and there you have it – creamy, healthy bliss.

I then top it with a balsamic tomato jam, which you will absolutely be eating with the spoon. The jam is great on bread, crackers, cheese boards, etc as well! For this recipe, I also made my own pita chips – they’re quick, easy, and you know exactly what goes in them. You can top them with garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, etc to change up the flavor profile and use them with all of your favorite dips and spreads!


  • Blender (I use this one and love it!)
  • Bowl
  • Small sauce pan
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Baking/air frying sheet for pita chips if making your own



  • 2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and skins removed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 c water (up to 1/2 cup depending on consistency desired)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Balsamic Tomato Jam:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • half head of garlic, roughly chopped (about 6 cloves)
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Air-Fried Pita Chips

  • Pita bread rounds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas and remove skins
  2. Add chickpeas into blender with olive oil, spices, lemon and pulse until chickpeas as uniformly broken up
  3. Add 1/4 c water, blend until smooth. Add water if it’s too thick and adjust spice level to your liking. Set hummus aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, vinegar, and brown sugar and heat on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes. Reduce to low heat and let it simmer for ~20 minutes, until it is thickened and reduced. Turn off heat and remove saucepan.
  5. To make your own pita chips, cut pita breads into 6-8 triangles (like you’d cut a pizza) and lay them out on your air fryer tray.
  6. Combine olive oil with salt, pepper, and garlic and brush chips with it.
  7. Air fry chips at 390 for 7-8 minutes, until crispy.
  8. Top hummus with cooled tomato jam, serve with pita chips, and ENJOY!

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