Save on Pinterest

23 Recipes Made With Dried Beans

It's time to get cooking! Dried beans shouldn't go to waste on the shelf. Put this pantry staple to good use in these delicious soup, stew, salad and sandwich recipes.

1 / 23
Tasty Lentil Tacos Exps Hck17 15074 B09 13 5b 1

Tasty Lentil Tacos

When my husband's cholesterol numbers rose, I quickly lowered the fat in our family's diet. Finding dishes that were healthy for him and yummy for our five children was a challenge, but this fun taco recipe was a huge hit with everyone. —Michelle Thomas, Bangor, Maine
2 / 23
Pressure-Cooker Five-Bean Chili

Pressure-Cooker Five-Bean Chili

A hearty bowl of chili always reminds me of my mom's cooking. While I love this classic recipe, I wanted a faster way to cook the dried beans so I decided to make it in my pressure cooker. Now we get to enjoy the same from-scratch recipe, but in a fraction of the time. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
3 / 23
Classic Hummus Exps Mbtbz18 132908 D02 27 4b 2

Classic Hummus

We love hummus, and this version is really amazing. If you have a pressure cooker, this is an easy, tasty reason to pull it out! We pair hummus with fresh veggies for a meal or snack. —Monica and David Eichler, Lawrence, Kansas
4 / 23

Broiled Salmon with Mediterranean Lentils

I used to weight-train to keep myself in shape for my work as a volunteer firefighter, and I often prepared this dish. It’s loaded with fiber, protein and antioxidants. Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom, I make it to give me energy to chase the little ones. —Dawn Bryant, Thedford, Nebraska
5 / 23
Classic Red Beans N Rice Exps Cimz19 13610 E09 05 4b 7

Classic Red Beans N Rice

After 25 years in a place where Cajun cooking is common, we’ve come to rely on this staple menu item. If you've never tried red beans and rice before, I promise you'll like this recipe.—Jackie Turnage, New Iberia, Louisiana
6 / 23

Chili Sandwiches

No one will be able to resist these special sandwiches stuffed with spicy chili. Of course, the chili also makes a wonderfully filling meal by itself. —Kerry Haglund, Wyoming, Minnesota
7 / 23

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon

A real Southern favorite, black-eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year's Day to bring good luck. The bacon and thyme in my mom’s recipe make them extra special. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
8 / 23

Wild Rice and Lentil Salad

This healthy, protein-packed salad is a perfect main dish for the vegetarians who grace your holiday table—or as a side in smaller portions. My family loves it for the flavors, and my friends love it because I offer them a healthy alternative to meat. —Mary Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina
9 / 23
Brazilian Pork Black Bean Stew Exps Ssbz18 190739 B03 09 5b 1

Brazilian Pork & Black Bean Stew

During high school, I spent a year in Brazil and fell in love with the culture and food. One of my favorite dishes was feijoada, a chili/stew served over white rice. I introduced this easy recipe to my family, and it has become one of our favorite comfort foods. —Andrea Romanczyk, Magna, Utah
10 / 23
Lemon Garlic Lima Beans Exps Thn17 206057 D06 16 4b 2

Lemon-Garlic Lima Beans

When I was growing up on Cyprus, my mother would often make this side dish to have with roast lamb. Although I hated lima beans when I was a kid (who didn't?), I love them now. They always remind me of home. —Paris Paraskeva, San Francisco, California
11 / 23

Cantina Pinto Beans

This dish was inspired by one served at a restaurant in Dallas, Texas. The chef added chunks of ham, but my version is meatless. It makes a great Tex-Mex side or a filling lunch when served with cornbread. —L.R. Larson, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
12 / 23
Italian Herb-Lentil Patties with Mozzarella

Italian Herb-Lentil Patties with Mozzarella

My family has requested this meatless recipe over and over again. It is simple to prepare and even meat lovers like it. —Geri Lucas, Oldsmar, Florida
13 / 23
Pressure Cooker Bbq Baked Beans Exps Tham17 207935 D11 10 1b 8

Pressure-Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

I was under doctor's orders to reduce the amount of sodium I was eating, but I just couldn't part with some of my favorite foods. After many experiments I came up with this potluck favorite—now everyone's happy! —Sherrel Hendrix, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
14 / 23

Coconut Lentils with Rice

Years ago I made this recipe for my kids, and they loved it. One of my daughter's friends would always request this dish when she came over to visit. I recommend basmati rice for this dish. —Diane Donato, Columbus, Ohio
15 / 23
Chorizo And Chickpea Soup Exps Sdjj19 150632 E02 07 1b 11

Chorizo and Chickpea Soup

The chorizo sausage adds its own spice to the broth, creating delicious flavor without any extra seasonings. And while it's cooking, the whole house smells amazing. —Jaclyn McKewan, Lancaster, New York
16 / 23

Hearty Red Beans and Rice

I take this dish to many potlucks and never fail to bring home an empty pot. I learned about the mouthwatering combination of meats, beans and seasonings while working for the Navy in New Orleans. If you want to get a head start, cover the beans with the water and let them soak overnight. Drain them the next day and continue with the recipe as directed. —Kathy Jacques, Summerfield, Florida
17 / 23
Mexican Pork Pinto Beans Exps3238 Fm143298d03 11 1bc Rms 1

Mexican Pork & Pinto Beans

We've lived in Arizona for decades, so Mexican-style cooking has become the same as "Arizona-style cooking" for us. Nothing tastes better than chili-spiced pork with tortillas. —Anne Fatout, Phoenix, Arizona
18 / 23

Sausage Lentil Stew

This hearty stew is brimming with protein-packed lentils, vegetables and tasty turkey kielbasa. It's big on flavor but easy on the budget. — Patti St. Antoine, Broomfield, Colorado
19 / 23
New England Baked Beans Exps Scscbz17 48034 D03 14 1b 6

New England Baked Beans

For a potluck or picnic, you can’t beat this classic side that starts with a pound of dried beans. Molasses and maple syrup give it a slight sweetness. —Pat Medeiros, Tiverton, Rhode Island
20 / 23

Mimi's Lentil Medley

I made this one summer evening by putting together what I had on hand. My husband gave it his top rating. —Mary Ann Hazen, Rochester Hills, Michigan
21 / 23
Chicken And Lentil Tortilla Soup Exps Edsc18 122636 B03 20 3b 4

Chicken and Lentil Chili

I like to make a simple, hearty slow-cooked recipe at least once a week. You can mix this up the night before and throw it into the crock on your way out the door. Use hotter tomatoes and chilies or salsa if you like more zing. —Laurie Stout-Letz, Bountiful, Utah
22 / 23
Flavorful White Chili Exps16877 Hws133216c07 12 4b Rms 1

Flavorful White Chili

For a tasty twist on conventional chili, try this low-fat version. It's packed with plenty of beans, tender grilled chicken and a zippy blend of spices. —Wilda Bensenhaver of Deland, Florida
23 / 23
Chalupas

Chalupas

This chalupa recipe is such a refreshing change of pace from traditional chili. It's also fun to serve to guests. Nearly everyone who's sampled it has requested the recipe. —Ginny Becker, Torrington, Wyoming

Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.
cover
Subscribe & SAVE Save Up To 80%!