1 can garbanzo beans, drained, liquid reserved
1/3 C tahini (sesame seed paste-found in the Mediterranean/Indian section of the grocery store)
juice of one lemon, seeds removed after juicing
8-10 dashes of tabasco sauce
kosher salt, add as desired (I usually put in 1/4-1/2 teaspoon)
olive oil as needed (I usually end up adding quite a few tablespoons)
(side note: a common ingredient in hummus is garlic but due to my husband's taste buds, it is left out. feel free to add a clove of fresh garlic if you'd like!)
Blend until pureed with small chunks (if more liquid is needed, use olive oil or the reserved liquid from the garbanzos). Sprinkle with paprika. You can always add roasted red peppers or olives or pesto to your hummus if you love it flavored. Try it plain first-you may be whistling a different tune.
A rough price comparison, if you're curious: $.85 for the garbanzo beans, $3 for the tahini (I get about 4-5 batches out of one jar), so $.60 for the tahini divided, $.30 for the lemon and pennies for the salt, olive oil and tabasco. All together, about $2 for 16 ounces. What a good deal!
Serve with triscuits (original), carrots, naan bread, fresh bell peppers, cucumbers, etc. Enjoy!