Pinto Bean Soup

Use either tiny red adzuki beans or the larger kidney beans to give delicious substance to red bean soup. These easy recipes for red bean soup suggest several satisfying combinations, including Chinese, red kidney, and sweet red bean soup.

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Quick Three-Bean Chili

Food & Wine

Some chilis need to simmer for a long time to help the flavors develop. This one doesn't because Melissa Rubel Jacobson, F&W Test Kitchen Associate, mixes in a little bit of bacon, which instantly adds meatiness and a nice smoky flavor.

Total: 30 mins

Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew

Better Homes and Gardens

Slow cooker dinners are often heavier (read: fattier) fare, but this vegetarian dinner breaks the mold. Beans and greens stew with pumpkin and spices for a flavorful, fiber-rich dinner.

Frijoles

Ladies' Home Journal

In Mexico, frijoles are served either soupy in broth or mashed and fried. This mouthwatering recipe, with pinto beans and salt pork, features both versions.

Soup Beans

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 1 hr 55 mins

Prairie-Style Bean Soup with Beef Ribs

Midwest Living

The ribs are simmered until tender then coated in barbecue sauce to make a hearty topper for the flavorful soup.

Brisket and Bean Chili

Fine Cooking Magazine

Chunks of leftover brisket make this chili much more interesting than one made with ground beef. If you don't have time to cook beans, skip that step and use 3 cups drained and rinsed canned beans instead.

Total: 30 mins

Turkey-Bean Chili

Family Circle

Packaged turkey meatballs turn chili into a 30-minute recipe. For added interest, it's made with three kinds of beans--kidney, pinto, and black.

Soup Beans

EatingWell

Like poor people everywhere, mountain people in the South thrived for centuries on food that was indigenous, inexpensive and healthful. These days "soup beans" speak instant comfort to anyone who had familial connections from Appalachia, where every garden produced shelling beans that could be eaten fresh or grown to maturity for dry beans. Serve this thick, stewlike soup with cornbread, pickle relish and diced sweet onion.

Total: 2 hrs 10 mins

Southwestern Pinto Bean Soup

Diabetic Living

Kick the flavor of the Mexican-style soup up a notch with a sprinkling of cilantro and a squirt of lime juice.

Pinto Bean & Andouille Sausage Stew

EatingWell

An adaptation of the Andalusian dish fabada, this pinto bean stew is seasoned with andouille sausage, bacon, tomatoes, onions, peppers and smoked paprika. Fans of spicy beans should use the full amount of minced chile pepper (or more). Serve with brown rice and sour cream.

Total: 2 hrs 30 mins

Amazon Bean Soup with Winter Squash & Greens

EatingWell

Shaped like a flattened drum, buttercup squash most closely resembles the local squash used in this comforting hearty soup from northern Brazil. It has a dark green peel, a grayish turban-shaped top and dense orange flesh. Hubbard, butternut or delicata squashes could also be used. Instead of the lip-numbing Brazilian green jambu, we have used spinach. For a more festive look, serve in a roasted squash half (see Tip).

Total: 1 hr 10 mins

Three-Bean Chili 'n' Biscuits

Family Circle

Chopped bacon gives smoky flavor to this spicy budget-minded chili. Use the biscuits to soak up every last drop.

Chicken & Pinto Bean Chili

Fine Cooking Magazine

New Mexico red chiles are common dried chiles found in many grocery stores. You can also use a couple of chilcostle chiles or tiny cascabels in place of some of the New Mexico red chiles for a more complex flavor. To order chiles by mail, try Coyote Cafe General Store (800-866-4695) or Pendry's Chile Supply (800-533-1870).

How to Make Bean Soup

Learn how to make bean soup, and you'll always have a hearty, nutritious, and inexpensive meal, any night of the week.

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How to Make Bean Soup

Learn how to make bean soup, and you'll always be able to whip up a hearty, nutritious, and inexpensive meal any night of the week.

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