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3 Cheap Bean Recipes That Will Save You Time

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I have some cheap bean recipes today. As you probably know, I eat a bean burrito without cheese every day of the week. Sometimes I add salsa, and sometimes I just eat it with a dollop of guacamole. I prefer plain because I love the taste of refried beans and flour tortillas. Now, you can pressure can just about any bean, buy cans of beans, and purchase beans in small bags or 50-100 pound bags. Please note all of these recipes don’t need the meat. I’m a vegetarian, just giving you a heads-up. In other words, meat is optional in all of my recipes.

Master Canning Class

Mark and I took a course to get our Master Preserver Canning Certificate right here in St.George, Utah. The class was at night and I asked a few women in my neighborhood to take the class but no one was interested. It didn’t take much to talk Mark into taking the class with me as he supports me in everything I have ever wanted to do in my life. Yes, I’m a very lucky woman.

I wanted to know the new tricks to canning as I had not been canning for a few years. Things have changed, especially because we now have GMO fruits and vegetables. You may not know that now we need to add vinegar or citric acid to tomatoes, for instance. Here’s the deal, you can pressure beans, and they are very easy to do. We pressured several batches of beans at the class.

Now that we only have two living at home, I only buy a few small bags of beans, #10 cans of beans (7 inches high and 6-1/4 inches in diameter) for long-term storage. I do not store beans in 5-gallon buckets. I also store instant pinto beans that only require 20 minutes to cook, therefore using less fuel when a disaster hits.

Purchase Cases Of Beans

We buy cases of beans when they are on sale. I prefer pinto, refried, black, garbanzo, white, navy, kidney, and chili beans. We also buy cases of tomato powder, it’s not worth my time to dehydrate tomatoes and make them into powder. I buy diced tomatoes because I can make any soup by just adding a few different spices. Please remember, only buy the beans you will eat.

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When my girls were younger, I just soaked the pinto beans overnight, drained them the next morning, covered them with fresh water, and cooked them all day on the stove. Then we made bean burritos and we froze them. This was a cheap dinner, but it also taught my girls to cook from scratch and to eat frugal meals.

Extra Items To Stock

If you stock your pantry with some of these items, you can make soup anytime for two people or your neighborhood.

  • Green chilies
  • Beef Stock
  • Chicken Stock
  • Vegetable stock
  • Dehydrated onions, fresh onions, or freeze-dried onions
  • Dehydrated celery, fresh celery, or freeze-dried celery
  • Dehydrated bell peppers, fresh bell peppers, or freeze-dried bell peppers
  • Beans: black, pinto, refried, white, kidney, chili, and garbanzo, to name just a few
  • Tomatoes: diced, fresh, freeze-dried, tomato sauce or paste
  • Cans of meat, or freeze-dried meats
  • Lime and lemon juice
  • Spices: chili pepper, cinnamon, garlic powder, sweet basil, salt, and pepper, Cayenne pepper, oregano, coriander, taco seasoning, and other spices you love to use

Cheap Bean Recipes

cheap bean recipes
1. Easy To Make Red Chili

Easy To Make Red Chili
Prep Time
12 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 12 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 people
  • 1-2 pounds cooked and drained hamburger (optional)
  • 2 onions or equal amount of freeze-dried onions
  • 1-2 green or red bell peppers (chopped or equal amount of freeze-dried bell peppers)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or fresh garlic chopped
  • 2-16- ounce cans of chili beans (do not drain)
  • 2-16- ounce cans of kidney beans (do not drain)
  • 1-28- ounce can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 teaspoon sweet basil
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder or less
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1-8- ounce can tomato paste or sauce
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  1. Combine the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until thoroughly cooked.

2. White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup
Prep Time
12 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 12 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
  • 2 cans of cooked chicken drained (12.5 ounces each) or 2-3 raw cubed chicken breasts
  • One chopped onion or freeze-dried onions (equivalent amount)
  • Two stalks of celery chopped or freeze-dried celery (equivalent amount)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 15-ounce cans white beans
  • 1 4-ounce can of diced green chilies
  • 1- 15-ounce can of corn (drained)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 tablespoons lime juice
  1. Grab a frying pan and stir-fry the chicken and onions in a little oil until cooked. I have pans that don’t require any oil and I love them. Combine all of the ingredients and place them in a slow cooker and cook 6-8 hours or until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips.

3. Easy Taco Soup

Easy Taco Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 people
  • 1 can of cooked ground beef or you can use a frying pan to cook one pound. (optional)
  • One chopped onion or equivalent amount freeze-dried onions
  • 1 28-ounce can of diced or crushed tomatoes, do not drain
  • 1 16-ounce kidney beans, do not drain
  • 1 16-ounce can of corn, do not drain
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning or one package if you don’t buy the jar Taco Seasoning
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan and heat through, or put the ingredients in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours.
Recipe Notes

*****This is where I buy Cooked Ground Beef for Mark.

*****This is where I buy Cooked Ground Beef for Mark.

This is my favorite size slow cooker, it’s a 3-1/2 Quart Slow Cooker 

I hope you store lots of beans so you can make cheap bean recipes! I store lots of beans and rice, life is good if your belly is full. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected. What bean do you like in your cheap bean recipes?

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  1. Hi, Linda, great recipes for this cooler weather: I know what we’ll be eating next week! We are vegetarian, too, and I like to substitute Trader Joe vegetarian chorizo for hamburger meat (lots of flavor & non GMO). I am with you on the tomato powder–with just the two of us now, I don’t use up much paste or sauce anymore, so the dried powder is a handy substitute. Think I will use some to make Spanish rice to go with my beans…

    1. Hi, oh how I wish we had a Trader Joe’s here. I have got to try that vegetarian chorizo the next time I go to California. Oh, I love Spanish rice too! Yummy! Linda

      1. Hi Linda, I actually wrap nearly anything in a flour tortilla. Yesterday I had some leftover teriyaki beef with rice and vegetables left over so I made, what I call, crap shoot burritos out of it. I’ve also been known to wrap leftover tamales in a flour tortilla, delicious, to make tamalaritos.

        One somewhat epic fail was corned beef and cabbage…hahaha…should have added more swiss cheese. Anyway, wrap it in a tortilla, preferably flour, and it sounds good to me!

        1. HI Lesley, I love your comment, we can make a meal with just about anything with a flour tortilla! Tamales, yummy, I need to try that one! I just found a new little cubby hole Mexican restaurant that makes street tacos. Now, I need to make those at home! They used corn tortillas, I love Mexican food! Linda

  2. Linda, while I don’t eat a bean burrito every day. I do smear heated refried beans on a flour tortilla and wrap them around my regular corn tortilla, ground chuck, lettuce, cheese and tomato tacos. It’s like my version of Taco Bell’s Double Decker and man are they good! We have them at least once a week. (I use McCormick’s Taco Seasoning when cooking the ground chuck and drain the grease well).

    I also love making cheese and refried bean quesadillas.

    1. Hi, Raymond, oh my goodness that sounds yummy! I like the double-decker flour and corn tortilla idea! When Mark and I were raising our girls, every Friday night we had burritos or tacos! I love salsa!!! Love this idea! Linda

  3. Well here in my area of Texas next week will be cool weather. I will be canning chicken and turkey meat. And possibly beans. I clean my beans, put them into pint jars, can for 75 mins. at 11 lbs. pressure: 90 mins. for quarts at 11 lbs. pressure. This is for DRY beans. I do not have to soak them overnight to soften as the cooking does it for me. I saw a woman do this several years back and it works. Hope someone can use this.

    1. Hi Judy, I have only done chicken at my Master Preserver Canning class. It’s so easy! I love beans so much, I should start canning my own. I love your comment, I love that you are self-reliant. You rock! Linda

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