Cooking dried beans is one good way to save on the grocery budget. This list has great recipes for dried beans and peas.
My Mom cooked dried peas and beans on a regular basis. One of our favorite meals was Pinto beans and cornbread. She would cook dried pinto beans with a ham hock. Then make a big pan of homemade cornbread and that was supper. We loved it. My parents cut up raw onion to go on top of theirs. Now that I’m grown, I like chopped raw onion on my beans also.
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Dried peas and beans should be a pantry staple in your home because they are budget-friendly and versatile. You can use dried beans to make soups, stews, and side dishes, as a filler for some meat mixtures, and even as a meat substitute.
Supplies for cooking dried beans and peas
Cooking dried beans is pretty easy even for a novice cook. The ingredients and kitchen supplies need are simple for cooking on the stovetop. Dried peas and beans can also be made in the Instant Pot or a Slow Cooker.
Most recipes for dried beans call for ham or ham hocks for seasoning. There is a seasoning packet included with most dried beans. I don’t use it since I am seasoning mine with ham.
Bag and freeze leftover ham to use later for seasoning dried beans and soup recipes. I cut up leftover ham into bite-size pieces and portion it between multiple freezer bags, like these. Always be sure to write the date on the outside.
Recipes using dried beans and peas
This list of recipes for dry beans and peas includes a nice variety of meals. Dried butter beans, dried black beans, dried chickpeas, and everyone’s favorite, dried black-eyed peas. There is a nice cowboy caviar salad and a scrumptious hummus recipe. You will even find a dessert made with black beans.
15 Recipes For Dried Beans (Not Just Soup)
Make tasty dishes with dried beans and peas that are not just soup. Cooking with dried beans allows you to cook from scratch while saving on the grocery budget.
Slow Cooker Refried Beans are the simplest way to make rich and hearty refried beans at home - they are worlds above their canned counterparts. Homemade refried beans are great for anything from Taco Tuesdays to the side dish for a chicken dinner!
This Red Beans and Rice recipe is slow-cooked to allow the flavors to marinate. It begins with dry red beans that are seasoned and simmered with fresh vegetables and herbs. Andouille sausage adds meaty goodness to this southern comfort food recipe.
This hearty soup begins with dried white beans. Simple ingredients like White beans also known as Navy Beans make a hearty and delicious stick-to-the-ribs winter soup that will have everyone going back for seconds especially when you add ham to the pot! Instant Pot and Stove Top recipes included.
This black bean burger recipe is going to be your new best friend. The hearty patties are charred on the outside, tender in the middle, and packed with bold, smoky flavor. Can be made with canned or cooked dried black beans
Ever wonder how to make Hummus the RIGHT way? After you try this easy method, you’ll never go back to store-bought again. You only need 5 Ingredients and it’s naturally Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan, and Healthy!
These black bean brownies are made with 9 REAL food ingredients! This recipe is so quick and easy that you may want to satisfy your sweet tooth every week with it! They’re flour-less, vegan-friendly, and simply delicious!
Butter beans, lima beans, dried lima beans, large limas, pocketbook beans, mule ears, the list goes on and on. These delicious dried beans go by a host of different names. My recipe for cooking them is simple, straightforward, and only calls for a handful of ingredients.
Cooking dried beans is a good way to avoid eating foods with a lot of preservatives. The many different types of beans give us a great variety of recipes.
A pound of beans will feed a large crowd, like with the Red Beans and Rice recipe above. The best part is that they are tasty as well as easy on the grocery budget.
Types of Dried Beans
You can find dried beans in your grocery store. Some grocery stores carry a larger variety than others but the basics will be there.
Navy beans aka Great Northern beans
Chickpeas aka Garbanzo beans
Green split peas
Which dry beans recipe is your favorite? I love hearing from you. Scroll down to leave a comment with your own tips or recipe for cooking dried beans.