Why I Only Use This Brand of Canned Chickpeas for Hummus

updated May 7, 2019
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By my best estimation, I’ve made about 1,273 batches of hummus since my hummus-loving kiddo was old enough for solids. Having tried every method (dried beans, canned beans, tahini, peanut butter instead of tahini, and the like), I can reliably say that making hummus with canned chickpeas gives me the easiest everyday hummus I can make week after week.

The most surprising finding after all of these hummus batches isn’t the method, but the right ingredient for the job — which is why I grab only one brand of canned chickpeas for making hummus.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Goya Is My Go-To Chickpea

Here’s what I’m looking for in a canned chickpea for hummus: The beans should be plump, creamy, and tender, but mostly hold their shape (it is discouraging to open a can of chickpeas and find that a bunch of them are broken or smashed). Holding their shape is important because it means that the beans will be easier to drain and remove their skins.

Removing the chickpeas’ skin, although tedious, guarantees the smoothest hummus from those canned beans. If the canned beans are too tender and creamy, the skins are hard to pinch off, making a mildly time-consuming task take twice as long.

Another reason to love Goya? I can find it at most grocery stores whether I’m in my hometown or need a reliable can while visiting family or on vacation. This iconic blue can is not only beloved by me and my family, but also by Kitchn editors and contributors.

Do you have a favorite brand of canned beans?

My Favorite Recipe for Hummus with Canned Beans: