This post contains over 100 Beans Recipes that are Cheap, Nutritious, and Super Healthy to help you whip up a delicious meal with your pantry staples.  You will find recipes for both dry beans and canned beans.

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Over the past several months, we have all been trying to stay out of the grocery store and eat more pantry staples.  One staple that is always in my pantry is beans.  You will find both canned beans and dry beans in my house all the time.

This post includes over 100 bean recipes, including Black Bean Recipes, Kidney Bean Recipes, Navy Bean Recipes, Butter Bean Recipes, Pinto Bean Recipes, Great Northern Bean Recipes, Lima Bean Recipes, Lentils, Peas, Black-Eyed Peas, Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas), Green Bean Recipes.

Plus, Instant Pot Bean Recipes (pressure cooker), slow cooker bean recipes, air-fryer bean recipes, and stock-pot bean recipes. 

Beans Are A Staple All Over The World

Beans are inexpensive or even cheap, plus they have lots of health benefits too.  They are high in fiber and B vitamins, which helps to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Plus, beans are an excellent substitute for meat and keep you full for a while.  What I am trying to say is adding beans to your diet is a great choice.

Over 100 Beans Recipes that are Cheap, Nutritious, and Super Healthy to help you whip up a delicious meal with your pantry staples.

Canned Beans


Best Canned Green Beans

Beans come in both canned beans and dry beans.  This post includes both canned and dry bean recipes.  Canned beans save lots of time because they are dried beans that are cooked.   You only need to heat them.  The cooking time and amount of time it takes to get them to the table is fast and convenient.  The drawback is the liquid in which canned beans include preservatives. It leaves the beans not as flavorful and not as good of texture as dry beans.  If eating canned beans, rinse them thoroughly to avoid extra sodium and preservatives.  But if you grew up enjoying canned vegetables, you might prefer them not only for convenience but for taste over dry beans.

Dry Beans

There is nothing better than an old fashion pot of white beans and a piece of buttery cornbread. I will teach you how easy are delicious they are to make. #beans #whitebeans #slowcooker #crockpot

Best Southern White Beans

Dried beans do not lose any flavor since they are not canned, but they do require time to cook.  In most recipes, you will need to soak your beans before cooking them.

Soak Dry Beans

When you soak your beans, it softens the seed coat, which reduces the cooking time.

  • Before you soak your dry beans, sift through the beans for tiny rocks, broken beans, or even moldy beans. Try spreading your beans on a baking sheet so you can see them more accessible.
  • Rinse the beans thoroughly. Rinsing will get rid of any excess dirt.
  • Add enough water to cover the beans at least a couple inches.
  • If you cut a bean open and it has a dry spot, the beans need more time soaking.

Thin-Skinned Beans

If you are cooking beans with thin skin like black beans, black-eyed peas, pinto beans, and lentils, don’t necessarily need to soak.  Because their skin is delicate, you will not save that much time in the cooking process.

You can skip the soaking your beans plus shorten the cooking time when using your pressure cooker for cooking dry beans.  I am a big fan of my pressure cooker and cannot wait to share Instant Pot bean recipes with you in this post.

To Salt or Not To Salt Beans When Soaking

Adding salt or no salt is an age-old question.  My recommendation is to soak a pound of beans with two tablespoons of kosher salt and 4 quarts of water.   The salt is helping to reduce the number of beans that burst.

Drain and rinse your beans before cooking and salt additional salt in the cooking process when you add your freshwater.

How Long To Soak Beans

You can soak your beans for 24 hours on the refrigerated or unrefrigerated.  If you do not cook them after 24 hours of soaking the beans, refrigerate them.

Never soak your beans longer than 24 hours at room temperature.  They will go bad and begin to ferment and go bad.  You can soak them in the refrigerator for three days.

Cover the beans with only cold water to soak your beans.  Hot water will cause them to sour.  If beans are not soaked at least 8 hours, cooking time will be a lot longer.

How do you soak beans quickly?

How to soak beans is a question that gets asked often.  It is always better to soak beans overnight for at least 8 hours, but you can soak beans quickly using this method.

Soak Beans Quickly On The Stovetop

  • Wash and pick out the bad beans.
  • Cover the beans with at least two-inch of water over the beans. The more, the better.
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Once the water starts to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the heat off.
  • Place a lid on the beans and let them soak for an hour.
  • Next, drain the beans and rinse them thoroughly.

Soak Dry Beans Quickly In The Microwave

Again, it is always better to soak your beans overnight for at least 8 hours.

  • Heat the beans and water in the microwave until the water starts to boil.
  • Let the beans soak for about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Before cooking, drain the beans and rinse them thoroughly.

Dry Bean Soaking Hacks

Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a cup of dried beans.  Beans cooked with baking soda cook much faster than without the baking soda.

Baking soda will also help break down the bean’s natural gas.

Add a lot of water!  Most beans take one to two hours to cook.  As they cook, the water level in the pot lowers.  To start, cover the beans with at least two inches of water or more.  As the water level drops, add some more to cover the beans.

Discard Bean Soaking Water

Soaking the beans cleans the beans more thoroughly.  So, it is best to discard the water the beans have been soaking in and rinse thoroughly before cooking.  When cooking the beans, add fresh water.  Cover the beans with several inches of water—the more water, the better.

Salt Dry Beans when Cooking

For a 16-ounce of beans, add two teaspoons of salt. Add this salt when you add the freshwater and rinsing the soaking water from the beans.  Once the water heats up, stir the beans to help the salt dissolve.

Seasoning Dry Beans

When it comes to adding flavor to dry beans, add your seasonings to the beans and freshwater at the beginning of cooking.  Let the seasonings simmer with the beans.

Try seasoning your beans with onion, garlic, peppers, bay leaves, and herbs.  If you are not making a pot of healthy beans add some sort of pork like bacon or ham.  Using the ham bone from your last holiday ham works well.  You can add the larger chunks to season your beans in a cheesecloth and then remove it before eating.

Stop Cooking Beans Once Tender

All beans cook at different times.  You want a bean that is soft but not mushy or collapsing.  You also do not want a hard bite to the bean.  If you have to bite down hard, the beans need more cooking time.

Save the Potlikker

Potlikker is the water the beans have been cooking in and not the water the beans soaked in, discard the soaking water.

The potlikker is full of flavor, mainly if you used a lot of onion, garlic, peppers, bay leaves, herbs, etc.

You can use it as stock or thicken gravy since it is starchy water.

Pressure Cooker – Instant Pot Dry Bean Recipes



The pressure cooker, Instant Pot, is priceless when it comes to preparing dry beans.  It can cook beans in a fraction of the time.

Combine 1 pound of soaked dry beans with one tablespoon vegetable oil in a pressure cooker insert.  Stir to coat the beans with the oil.  The oil prevents foaming.

Add 4 quarts of water with two teaspoons of salt.  Cook beans according to the recommended times for each bean type, see times below.  Then, naturally, release pressure for 15 minutes.  Next, quickly release any remaining pressure.  Tastes beans for doneness.  If needed, sauté beans in the instant pot for doneness.

Cooking Times for Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Beans After Soaking Beans at Least 8 hours

Black Beans – High Pressure – 9 minutes

Black-Eyed Peas – High Pressure – 5 minutes

Great Northern Beans – High Pressure – 5 minutes

Navy Beans – High Pressure – 8 minutes

Cannellini Beans – High Pressure – 5 minutes

Garbanzo Beans – High Pressure – 3 minutes

Pinto Beans – High Pressure – 8 minutes

Red Kidney Beans – High Pressure – 5 minutes

Green Bean Recipes

Let’s start with green beans.  They are delicious and the most common beans.  Green beans are also known as string beans, snap beans or French green beans. Usually, you eat them fresh, although to save time, you can eat them canned or frozen.  Unlike other beans, their pods are edible.

Fresh Green Bean Recipes

4 Quick And Easy Steps To Making Southern Green Beans You Will Love Serving

Best Southern Green Beans

Southern Green Beans – Being a Southern country girl, I was raised on fresh green beans.  I still make these southern green beans today.  This recipe is the most popular recipe on my blog year-round.  Why?  These green beans are delicious and are the perfect side dish.   They include potatoes, bacon, garlic, onion, chicken broth, pepper, and a hint of sugar.  Your family will be begging for you to make another pot of these beans before leaving the dinner table

Easy Fresh Green Bean Recipes

Pressure Cooker – Instant Pot Green Bean Recipes

Slow-Cooker Green Beans

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Using Canned Green Beans

When using canned green beans, the first thing you should do is wash them.  Canned foods include a lot of sodium.  Make sure to wash your canned vegetables thoroughly before using them to remove a lot of the excess sodium.

  • Green Bean CasseroleGreen Bean Casserole is a classic holiday tradition.  I updated the traditional green beans with cheese, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce to make the best casserole!
  • Best Canned Green Bean Recipe is always one of my top ten recipes year-round on my blog.  Canned Greens Beans are convenient to prepare, but they do not have to taste like a can.

Air Fryer Green Bean Recipes

Black Beans Recipes

Bowl full of spicy black beans

Best Spicy Black Beans

Black beans are like the name says black.  They are smooth and creamy when cooked, which is why they work great for refried beans. They are usually the bean of choice for a bean burger.   My favorite way to prepare black beans is with Mexican seasonings.

Garbanzo Bean Recipes (chickpea Recipes)

Garbanzo beans are one of the oldest beans. They started growing them in the Middle East in 3,000 B.C.   They go well in salads, pasta, and curries, and my favorite way to eat Garbanzo beans is Hummus.

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Kidney Bean Recipes and Cannellini Bean Recipes

Kidney beans are named from their shape.  They are a common ingredient in most Chili with beans and three-bean salad.

Did you know that Cannellini beans are technically white kidney beans?  Kidney beans and Cannellini beans can be swapped out in recipes.

Navy Bean Recipes

Navy beans are small white oval beans.  You can find them in barbecue beans, Boston Baked Beans, and in white Chili with chicken.

Butter Bean Recipes

Pinto Bean Recipes

Pinto means painted.  They are called pinto because of their speckles.  They have a creamy texture that is perfect for eating them whole, mashed, or refried.

Great Northern Beans

Lima Bean Recipes

Lima Beans or butter beans are shelled before they are eaten.  I have fond memories of shelling lima beans as a child on our front porch.  Yes, we lived in the country.  At the time, it was not fun, but now, it is a special memory spent with my dad that I will never forget.




When fresh peas are not in season, frozen peas are preferable because canned peas lose their bright green color.  You do not get the color or texture in canned peas.

Black-Eyed Pea Recipes

BEST LEFTOVER BLACK-EYED PEAS-Whip up this easy, tasty dish with your leftover black-eyed peas.  It is so delicious you will never know it is made with leftover black-eyed peas.


Black-eyed peas got their name from the black dot at the center of the bean.  When preparing dry black-eyed peas, you do not have to soak them.  It does not make much difference in the cooking time since their skin is so thin they cook pretty quickly.  They are a New Year’s Day tradition to bring luck in the New Year.

Pasta Salads Recipes with Beans

Bean Salad Recipes

Soups with Beans or Peas

Southern Side Dishes Easy Recipes Family Friendly


Over 100 Beans Recipes that are Cheap, Nutritious, and Super Healthy to help you whip up a delicious meal with your pantry staples.


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