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10 Best Hurst Beans Recipes for 2023

Ready for an array of enticing Hurst Beans recipes? From entrees to desserts, the variety of recipe possibilities with beans is impressive.

Are you a fan of Hurst beans? If your panty is full of dried beans, get ready for a selection of scrumptious Hurst beans recipes.

Since 1947, Hurst beans have been an industry leader in packaging high-quality dried beans. They have over 30 flavored collections of bean. From pinto to black and garbanzo to split peas, you have a plethora of choices in beans. With or without a seasoning packet.

With this many types of beans, you have an assortment of Hurst beans recipes to choose from. Bean soups are great recipes for a chilly day. But soup recipes are only the beginning.

Grab a package of Hurst beans from your grocery store to get started. Use the beans in appetizers, side dishes, salads, casseroles, chilies, stews, and desserts.

Here are some of the best ideas to get you started. To soup and beyond!

1. Split Pea Soup

Full-flavored split pea soup is hearty, nutritious, and easy to whip up in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or pan on the stove top. 

When you use Hurst’s Hambeens split peas and the contents of the ham packet, you may not need to add ham to your soup. If you want to add ham, choose the split peas without the flavor packet.

Our fan favorite split pea soup with leftover ham bone or ham hocks is a great way to use leftover Easter ham.

Split pea soup has carrots, celery, onions, garlic, potatoes, and seasonings blended for the perfect flavor.

If you prefer to add chopped ham instead of a ham bone, try this split pea soup with ham recipe.

Hurst’s Beans:

  • HamPeas green split peas (with ham flavor packet) or
  • Green split peas (without the spice packet)

Cooking Time:

  • Instant Pot: 25 minutes
  • Slow Cooker: 8-10 hours (on low) or 4-6 hours (on high)
  • Stove Top: 1 hour 15 minutes

2. Cajun 15 Bean Soup

Cajun 15 bean soup with shrimp and parsley garnishes

Ready to spice up your traditional 15 bean soup? You will love the Cajun seasoning, sausage, shrimp, and okra in this mouthwatering Cajun 15 bean soup.

This is not your ordinary Cajun soup. It pulls ingredients from iconic Cajun dishes into a one-pot soup. Make Cajun 15 Bean Soup in the Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove.

Any time of the year is perfect for Cajun bean soup. It’s the best soup for chilly days with a side of hot water cornbread. Or serve it over white rice for a hearty meal. Tempt your taste buds by drawing flavors from the whole Cajun culture.

Hurst’s Beans:

  • HamBeens Cajun 15 Bean Soup Mix (with Cajun seasoning packet)

Cooking Time:

  • Instant Pot: 18 minutes
  • Slow Cooker: 8-10 hours (on low) or 4-6 hours (on high)
  • Stove Top: 1 hour 15 minutes

3. Black Bean Soup

2 bowls of black bean soup

Awaken the taste of fresh home cooked black beans with roasted poblano peppers and tomatillos in a sautéed mix of aromatic vegetables, herbs, and spices. Create a mouthwatering soup layered with flavor and texture.

Make this vegan black bean soup in the Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove. You may also be interested in suggestions for black bean soup side dishes.

Hurst’s Beans:

  • Black beans or
  • Hurst’s Hambeens Spanish American black bean soup (with a seasoning packet)

Cooking Time:

  • Instant Pot: 15 minutes
  • Slow Cooker: 8-10 hours (on high), 4-6 hours (on low)
  • Stove Top: 25 minutes

4. Pumpkin Soup

bowl of pumpkin soup

Blend fresh herbs and spices to make seasonal vegan pumpkin soup. 

Pumpkin soup has pumpkin, onions, apples, lentils, coconut milk, and vegetable broth. Puree the soup with herbs and spices into a smooth bisque.

Although this recipe calls for red lentils, you can substitute Hurst’s brown lentils.

Hurst’s Beans:

  • Lentils

Cooking Time:

  • Instant Pot: 10 minutes
  • Stove Top: 20 minutes

5. Butternut Squash Soup

bowl of butternut squash soup with roasted apples

Enjoy a rich, creamy butternut squash soup made with cream cheese and white beans. It is a cozy dinner, perfect for cool weather.

Butternut squash soup is a mild tasting savory soup. Slightly nutty with a hint of buttery sweetness. The taste and smooth creamy texture remind me of pumpkin or pureed sweet potato.

Butternut squash, apples, and sweet onions add the sweet layer to the soup. The squash and cream cheese make the soup rich and creamy. Use one of Hurst’s white beans in this recipe to add savoriness.

And check out all these sides to serve with butternut squash soup.

Hurst’s Beans:

  • Great northern beans or
  • Navy beans

Cooking Time:

  • Instant Pot: 10 minutes
  • Slow Cooker: 8-10 hours (on high) or 4 to 6 hours (on low)
  • Stove Top: 20 minutes

6. Hummus + Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

hummus in bowl on veggie tray

What is Hummus? It is a smooth, creamy, healthy dip, made from cooked garbanzo beans. Originating in the Middle East, hummus combines the bitter and tart flavors of tahini and lemon juice with olive oil and spices to make a complex and interesting snack. 

Roasted red pepper hummus is flavored with roasted red peppers and seasoned with smoked paprika. Slightly sweet, smoky, and bright, with a hint of bitter tahini.  It is a quick and easy appetizer or snack, high in fiber and protein.

Cook the garbanzo beans first. Then blend the hummus in a Vitamix (or other high-powered blender) or a food processor.

Hurst’s Beans:

  • Garbanzos

Blend Time:

  • 10 minutes

7. Slow Cooker Taco Soup with Ground Beef

bowl of taco soup with ground beef

Looking for an easy dinner recipe tonight? Slow cooker taco soup with ground beef is your answer. It features ground beef, 3 kinds of chiles, 2 kinds of beans, and fresh herbs and spices.

This slow cooker recipe has some prep work. Cook the beans and brown the ground beef first. Then throw all the ingredients into your slow cooker.

Hurst’s Beans:

  • Pinto beans
  • Kidney beans

Cooking Time:

  • Slow cooker: 4-6 hours (on low) or 2-3 hours (on high)

8. Southwest Chipotle Kale Quinoa Bowl

Delicious, spicy vegan Southwest Chipotle Kale Quinoa Bowl with black beans is a quick one-skillet dinner. It is easy to make in 30 minutes or less.

Combine quinoa, kale, black beans, corn, and spices for a great flavor Tex Mex bowl. Make it interesting by garnishing with avocado, pineapple, and pine nuts.

Cook the beans first. Then cook the Southwest chipotle kale quinoa recipe in a skillet on the stove.

Hurst’s Beans:

  • Black beans

Cooking Time:

  • Stove Top: 30 minutes

9. Catalina Taco Salad with Doritos

plate of catalina taco salad

Doritos hide salad veggies in plain sight in this main dish taco salad recipe with Catalina dressing. It’s like a sweet, spicy, savory bowl of tacos. It is an easy recipe for a quick weeknight meal.

Hurst’s Beans:

  • Black beans or
  • Pinto beans or
  • Red kidney beans or
  • Cowboy beans

Prep and Assembly Time:

  • 15 minutes prep time, 10 minutes cook time, 5 minutes assembly time

10. Colorful 15 Bean Soup

single bowl of 15 bean soup with spoons

Craving a hearty meal? How about a soup stuffed with protein? Yes, I’m talking wholesome beans and savory meat crammed into one soup bowl. That is what you get with this colorful, scrumptious 15 bean soup recipe.

The rich colors of the different beans make this soup unique. What are the varieties of beans?

Hurst’s 15 bean soup mix contains black beans, white beans, red beans, garbanzo beans, green lentils (brown lentils), green split peas, yellow split peas, pinto beans, kidney beans, white kidney beans, large lima beans, baby lima beans, cranberry beans, navy beans, and yellow eye beans.

The main meat in the soup is smoked ham hock, leftover ham, or ground sausage. The complimentary meat is optional. Use leftover turkey or chicken.

Add some variety by making Cajun 15 bean soup with a delicious Cajun seasoning packet and andouille sausage.

Hurt’s Beans:

  • 15 bean soup mix

Cooking Time:

  • Instant Pot: 15 minutes
  • Slow Cooker: 10-12 hours (on low) or 5-6 hours (on high)
  • Stove Top: 1½ to 2 hours

How to Cook Dry Beans

Most of these recipes start with the dried beans already cooked. To get you from dry to cooked beans, follow these steps. Then you will be ready for any of the recipes.

Note: Lentils do not need to soaked. All other dry beans benefit from it.

Step 1: SORT the beans. Measure out the beans. Spread them out on a cookie sheet so you can see them easier. Remove any unwanted debris or foreign objects.

Step 2: SOAK the beans. Pour the beans into a large bowl. Cover with at least 4 inches of water. This usually comes out to 8 cups of water for every 2 cups of dried beans.

Step 3: ADD salt. Adding salt to the soak water is optional. However, it will produce a tender bean and help prevent the beans from bursting when they cook. Add 1 tablespoon to the water. Soak the beans 8 to 12 hours (overnight soak).

Step 4: DRAIN and RINSE beans. Pour beans and water through a strainer. Rinse the beans under running water for several minutes.

Step 5: COOK the beans. The Instant Pot is the quickest method. A slow cooker takes a long time but is hands-free. Cooking on the stove is high maintenance.

Pressure Cooker Instructions

  1. ADD beans to the pressure cooker. Pour in 3 cups of fresh water (to cover the beans by 1 inch) and 1 teaspoon of salt.

  2. COOK on high pressure for 15 minutes.

  3. Allow a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE when the pressure cooker has finished.

  4. SKIM the foam off the top. DRAIN the beans.

  5. RINSE the beans. Use the cooked beans in any recipe.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  1. ADD pre-soaked beans to the slow cooker container. Add 3 to 4 cups of fresh water (to cover beans 1 inch) and 1 teaspoon of salt.

  2. COOK on high for 2 to 3 hours or on low for 8 to 12 hours.

  3. SKIM the foam off the top. DRAIN the beans.

  4. RINSE beans and use beans in any recipe.

Stove Top Instructions

  1. ADD pre-soaked beans to a large pot. Add 3 to 4 cups water (to cover beans 1 inch) and 1 teaspoon of salt.

  2. COVER with the lid and bring the water to a rolling boil.

  3. REDUCE the heat to low when the beans begin to boil. Keep the lid on the pan. The water should simmer, but not boil over.

  4. SIMMER the beans for 1½ to 2 hours.

  5. SKIM the foam off the top. DRAIN the beans.

  6. RINSE beans and use beans in any recipe.

Quick Soak Method for Hurst Beans Recipes

If you forget to soak the beans, you can still cook them with the quick soak method.

  1. ADD beans to a large pot. Pour in enough water to cover beans about 4 inches and add 1 teaspoon of salt.

  2. BRING WATER TO BOIL over medium high heat. Cover with lid.

  3. TURN OFF HEAT. Remove the covered pan from the burner.

  4. LET BEANS SIT COVERED for 1 hour.

  5. DRAIN beans. Rinse them under running water. Now they are ready to cook.

Now that you know the best way to cook dry beans, you are ready to try one of these tasty Hurst beans recipes.

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