When I make hummus I like to let the food processor run for 1-2 minutes. On this mini food processor you have to keep pressing the button down to keep it running, so I do not recommend for hummus (unless you don't mind standing there and holding down the chopping or grind button). Also, you would be better off with a larger capacity machine. I make hummus all the time using two cans of garbanzo beans, and this machine is too small for that. I do have this one and a large capacity one, and like them each for different reasons, but I wouldn't recommend this one for hummus.