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How to Make Dried Beans

Nick @ walktoeat
Dried beans are the ultimate meal prep and food pantry staple. They are cheap, filling, versatile, healthy, and can last for years. This is the best method for how to cook dried beans.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 9 hrs
Course entree, Meal Prep, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8
Calories 231 kcal


  • 1 pound chickpeas (about 3 cups) or other beans noted above. (can change this amount based on how much cooked beans you want. This yields about 7 cups cooked chickpeas.)
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


  • Soak dried beans - Add beans to a large bowl. Fill the bowl with enough water so that it covers the beans by a few inches. The beans will roughly double in size, so don’t skimp on the water. Add 1 Tbsp. kosher salt. Soak at least 8 hours.
  • Drain and cook soaked beans - Drain the soaked beans and add them to a large pot. Fill the pot with water so it covers the beans by a few inches. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Add 1/2 tsp. of kosher salt. Simmer 45 minutes to 1.5 hours until beans are tender
  • Prepare and/or store - Pour the pot into a strainer or colander. Use immediately or let cool, cover, and store in the refrigerator. You can also store the beans directly in their cooking liquid in the refrigerator. The beans will last 3-4 days.


Calories: 231kcalFat: 3.6g
Keyword Dried beans, dried chickpeas, beans for meal prep, meal prep for the week,
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