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17 September 2021

Best houmous

Find out how houmous from all the big supermarkets – and Yarden – compare in our blind taste test
Jade Harding
Best houmous

Looking for the tastiest supermarket houmous?

In June 2021 our taste testers dipped their way through 11 pots of houmous, including supermarket versions from Aldi, Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose – as well as premium houmous brand Yarden.

One mid-price houmous impressed enough to be named a Best Buy, thanks to its smooth texture and delicious flavour. Our tests also revealed which cheap supermarket options still taste great and will save you money. 

Read on to see which houmous we recommend, and to see how the pricier options fared. 

Best supermarket houmous

Only logged-in Which? members can view the rest of our results and tasting notes below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the houmous on test. 

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All prices correct as of July 2021.

Aldi The Deli Houmous

69p per tub (35p per 100g)

Aldi’s budget-friendly houmous is one of the cheapest on test, but does its taste make it good value for money? 

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Aldi.

Asda Houmous

90p per tub (45p per 100g)

Is Asda’s classic houmous the perfect partner for your crudites and crisps? Read our review to find out whether they impressed our tasters.

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Asda

Co-op Houmous

£1.30 per tub (65p per 100g)

Did Co-op top the lot with its classic houmous, or could its dip make you wish you'd shopped somewhere else?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Co-op (in-store only).

Iceland Houmous

£1 per tub (50p per 100g)

Our panel have rated the flavour, texture, aroma, and appearance of Iceland's houmous. Find out whether it deserves a spot on your picnic spread.

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Iceland.

Lidl Meadow Fresh Regular Houmous

69p per tub (35p per 100g)

Lidl Meadow Fresh Regular Houmous

The joint-cheapest houmous on test, did our taste testers notice the difference or has Lidl produced an excellent-value dip?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Lidl.

M&S Houmous with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

£1.50 per tub (65p per 100g)

Does the addition of extra virgin olive oil make all the difference in this M&S houmous? Our tasters reveal all. 

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Ocado

Ocado Houmous

£1.20 per tub (60p per 100g)

Ocado houmous

Does Ocado deliver when it comes to its own-brand houmous? We’ve put it to the test.

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Ocado.

Sainsbury’s Classic Houmous

£1.20 per tub (60p per 100g)

Sainsbury's Classic Houmous

Is Sainbury’s classic houmous the perfect pairing for your pitta? Our panel of tasters tell all.

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Sainsbury’s.

Tesco Houmous

£1.10 per tub (55p per 100g)

Tesco Houmous

Find out whether Tesco’s ‘Mediterranean inspired’ houmous is a treat for your taste buds or a failure in flavour.

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Tesco.

Waitrose Essential Houmous

£1.40 per tub (70p per 100g)

Waitrose Essential Houmous

This houmous is the most expensive supermarket own-label dip we tested per 100g, but is it worth paying more for?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Waitrose.

Yarden Houmous

£1.99 per tub (80p per 100g) 

Yarden houmous

The only brand we tested and the most expensive houmous per 100g. Did it win over our panel of tasters?

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Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Asda, Ocado and Tesco.

Is houmous healthy?

Is houmous healthy?

Houmous is one of the most popular dips around, but is it really good for you? And could it be healthier if you make it at home? 

Which? nutritionist Shefalee Loth says: 'Most houmous has the same ingredients - chickpeas, oil (rapeseed, olive or a mix of both), tahini (sesame seed paste) and some lemon juice, garlic and salt. Some varieties will also have additional ingredients such as red peppers and onion.

While houmous gets a red traffic light rating for fat content it's important to note that most of this comes from unsaturated, heart healthy fats such as olive oil and rapeseed oil and from the sesame seeds in the tahini. We need fat in our diet to absorb fat-soluble vitamins - A, D and E - and we're advised to try to cut down on foods that are high in saturated fat and replace them with unsaturated fats.

Both rapeseed and olive oils are high in mono-saturated fats which help to keep our hearts healthy by maintaining levels of 'good' cholesterol and reducing 'bad' cholesterol. 

The chickpeas and sesame seeds in houmous are also good plant-based sources of protein.

If you want to cut back on your fat content, you could make it at home using a mix of oil and water. Using less tahini would also reduce the fat content but I'm not sure how tasty it would be!' 

If you fancy making houmous at home, see all our food processor reviews

Can you freeze houmous?

Yes, you can freeze houmous for up to four months. But always make sure it’s stored in an airtight container with a little bit of wiggle room – the houmous will expand as it freezes.

Always defrost thoroughly in the fridge and give it a good stir to restore its texture.

What to eat with houmous

What to eat with houmous

Traditional houmous starts with a base of chickpeas, which are mashed or blended with lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, and garlic. This fresh and creamy dip matches well with lots of different foods, including: 

  • Warm pitta bread – this classic combination is quick, easy and super tasty. Simply tear the pitta and dip it in.
  • Crudités – celery, carrots, cucumber, peppers and tomatoes all work well dipped in houmous.
  • Salad dressing – thin it out with some olive oil and lemon, and mix through your salad leaves for a creamy dressing.
  • Sandwiches and wraps – swap mayo or butter for houmous in your sandwiches. It tastes delicious with roasted veg and rocket.

More unusual ways to use your houmous:

  • Pasta sauce – melted through warm, fresh pasta to create a creamy Italian meal.
  • Mashed potatoes – a great alternative to butter if you don’t want to eat dairy. 
  • Fruit – such as apples or strawberries. The sweet and savoury flavours work perfectly.
  • Eggs – mix houmous through your scrambled eggs to get a little more protein and a thicker texture.
  • Brownies – swap some of the fat for houmous in your baking recipe. The chickpeas will help the brownie retain their moisture.  

Houmous and crisps is another perfect pairing – see our pick of the best luxury salted crisps.

Flavoured houmous: beetroot, red pepper and more

Nowadays you can find all different kinds of houmous flavours in your local shop. These can add variety and work well with a plain crisp. The most common variations are red pepper houmous, caramelised onion houmous or houmous with extra virgin olive oil/toppings.

We haven’t tested flavoured houmous dips, but we’ve listed some of the more unusual flavour options with links to buy in case you want to give them a try.

Are houmous pots recyclable?

Only some councils will accept plastic houmous pots in household recycling waste, so it’s best to check beforehand. Make sure to rinse the pot out to prevent contamination. 

Some packs also have a cardboard sleeve, which you can put in your household recycling bin.

How we tested houmous

The dips were assessed by a large panel of consumers who regularly buy and eat houmous.  

Each pot of houmous was assessed by 64 people, and the panel broadly represented the demographic profile of adults in the UK.  

The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each product and told us what they liked and disliked about each one.  

The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order they sampled the houmous in was fully rotated to avoid any bias.  

Each panellist had a private booth so they couldn’t discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others. 

The overall score is based on: 

  • Taste 50% 
  • Appearance 20%
  • Texture 15%
  • Aroma 15%

These weightings are based on consumer rankings of the importance of different houmous attributes.