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15 Recipes For Dried Beans (Not Just Soup)

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.

Kitchen Tip

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.

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.

  • Black beans
  • Blackeyed peas
  • Navy beans aka Great Northern beans
  • Chickpeas aka Garbanzo beans
  • Green split peas
  • Kidney beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Lima beans
  • Cranberry beans

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.

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