Hurst Beans are some of the best beans in the world, but it’s sometimes hard to find good recipes for them.
We love beans, and we want everyone else to know how great they taste! That’s why we created this Hurst Beans recipes guide. These tasty dishes are easy to make and will be a hit with your friends and family.
What are Hurst Beans?
Hurst is a brand of beans produced by the N.K. Hurst company, founded in 1938. While it didn’t become known for its beans until 1947, it’s undoubtedly world-renowned now!
Hurst beans stand out from the rest because they offer nearly 20 different varieties of seasoned dry beans, such as their famous trademarked Hambeens brand.
Hurst’s Beans are the best in the world. They have a superior taste and are very healthy. We buy the 100% whole dried beans with the delicious flavor packet included at our local grocer, but you can also order them online from Amazon if you don’t have an option near you!
Why are they so great?
Hurst’s brand beans are great because they are 100% whole beans and offer a variety of flavors. The majority of beans you buy in a can or from the grocery store are quite plain and require many additional seasonings. Hurst’s beans are not available in cans; they are sold as dried beans or as bean soup mix.
Additionally, Hurst Beans contain a highly nutritious blend of proteins, vitamins, and minerals.
Hurst Beans Recipes
I sometimes get bored of eating old-fashioned baked beans, but I like to incorporate these affordable staples in our menu planning. So I’m here to help you develop some exciting new ways to make these healthy, delicious varieties of dried beans yours! So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite recipes using beans.
Some of these recipes call for prepared beans, meaning that the dried beans have been soaked overnight, rinsed, drained, and then simmered for at least an hour until tender. At this point, they are drained, cooled, and refrigerated or frozen until needed for various recipes.
Of course, the most famous Hurst Bean recipe is their 15 Bean Soup Crockpot recipe, so we’ll share the two best ways to prepare this classic recipe.
15 Bean Soup Crock Pot Recipe – Hurst Beans Recipes
This recipe is widely popular for a couple of reasons. First, this hearty soup requires just ten minutes of prep work. With this recipe, you need not soak the beans first; they only need to be rinsed. Second, once you add the ingredients to the slow-cooker, this easy recipe requires very little attention to complete. Perfect for busy families on the go and a delightful meal for a chilly day.
1 pkg Hurst’s Hambeens® 15 BEAN SOUP® Mix
8 cups of water (for more intense flavor, you can use chicken broth, beef broth, or vegetable broth)
1 lb. smoked sausage or ground sausage (browned in a pan, then drained), ham hocks or diced ham, or my personal favorite- a leftover ham bone with bits of meat left on it
1 large Vidalia onion, diced
1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
1 tsp chili powder (optional)
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
Juice from 1 lemon
Hot sauce or crushed red pepper, to your taste preference (optional)
- Clean the dried beans well by rinsing them in a colander. Identify and discard any unwanted debris. It’s always a good idea to rinse beans because it’s not uncommon for dried beans to contain the occasional stone.
- Once drained, place beans and 8 cups of stock/water in a slow cooker with the onions, garlic, chopped meat, or leftover hambone. Note, this is not the time to add tomato or lemon juice!).NOTE: Acidic ingredients such as tomatoes, tomato sauce, wine, citrus, and vinegar can prevent beans from softening. Acids in these foods act on the starch inside bean cells, preventing them from swelling. So for tender beans, please wait until the beans have cooked for a bit before adding them.
- Using 9-10 cups of liquid will give you a more “brothy” soup.
- Stir well to combine. Cook on high for 5-7 hours, then check to see if beans are tender. Continuing to simmer for several hours will enhance its flavor.
- As soon as the beans are tender, remove the hambone (but leave any harm in the pot), add the diced tomatoes, the included ham flavor packet, optional chili powder, and the lemon juice.
- Continue to cook for 30 more minutes, then keep warm until serving.
Serve with freshly baked cornbread! The dish offers great flavor when served over rice. As with any slow cooker recipe, you have to keep in mind that the cooking time will be longer every time you open the lid.
If you’d prefer, you can prepare this bean soup recipe in the pressure cooker with just a few simple changes.
15 Bean Soup Instant Pot Recipe – Hurst Beans Recipes
1 package (20 ounce) Hurst’s HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup with seasoning packet
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup of chopped Vidalia onion
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups of water
1 ham bone, optional*
1 -15 ounce can of crushed tomatoes in puree
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1 Large potato, washed, peeled, diced (optional)
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 cups spinach, coarsely chopped
1 cup diced ham
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Set the seasoning packet from Hurst’s Hambeens should be aside for the time being. Next, remove any debris from the beans by rinsing them in a colander.
- Select the Sauté function on the instant pot, then add the vegetable oil, onion, and celery. Cook for approximately 3 minutes or until tender.
- Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
- Pour beans, 8 cups of fresh water or stock of your choice (or a combination of both!), and the meat of your choosing.
- Secure the lid—Cook for 1 minute at high pressure. Turn off the pressure cooker at the end of the cooking time. Soak the beans for one hour. If you prefer a no-soak alternative, you can cook the beans on high pressure for 35 minutes and let them naturally release for 10 minutes.
- Next, stir in tomatoes, carrots, diced potato (if using), chili powder, and the seasoning packet that came in the package of beans. Secure the lid in place. Select the High-Pressure setting on your cooker and cook for 3 minutes.
- Once the 3 minutes are complete, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes and quickly release the remaining pressure.
- Remove the lid carefully, avoiding the steam, then remove and discard the ham bone. Stir in the remaining ingredients—season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fresh cornbread.
- You should never double instant pot recipes containing beans. In addition, the inner pot of the pressure cooker should never be more than half full for safety reasons.
- If you are cooking at altitude, you will need to add more pressure cooking time to beans.
- Adding 5 percent to the pressure cook time at 3,000 feet above sea level, 10 percent at 4,000 feet above sea level, and so on, increasing by 5 percent every 1,000 feet above sea level.
Hurst Beans Salad – – Hurst Beans Recipes
A fresh salad with prepared baby Lima Hurst Beans is a wonderful side dish for any meal. In a large bowl combine 4 cups of prepared, cooked Lima beans, 1 cup of diced English cucumber, 1 cup of quartered cherry tomatoes (or slices of fresh garden tomatoes), and 1 cup each of thinly sliced or diced red bell pepper and red onion. Top with some fresh Dijon vinaigrette dressing, toss to evenly coat, and chill for at least an hour prior to serving.
Easy Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing
1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 teaspoons sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons whole grain Dijon mustard
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
With this recipe, you can set the seasoning packet aside for use in another recipe.
Bean Burger – – Hurst Beans Recipes
2 cups of prepared black beans, blotted dry
1 Tablespoon oil
3/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 Tablespoon minced garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup feta cheese
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce
pinch salt + pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 325°F. Spread the beans evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes to slightly dry them out.
- During this time, sauté olive oil, chopped pepper, onion, and garlic on medium heat until peppers and onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes. Remove some moisture by gently blotting.
- Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl or food processor (cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, bread crumbs, cheese, eggs, Worcestershire, BBQ sauce, and salt).
- Pulse or stir all the ingredients together, then add black beans. Pulse the mixture or mash with a fork, leaving some chunks intact.
- Make patties with about 1/3 cup mixture each.
- Grill patties on greased aluminum foil for 8 minutes on each side.
Serve it up with a few of your favorite burger toppings.
Easy Bean Dip
This is an extremely simple recipe to make. Try taking 1 1/2 cups of cooked, drained Hurst small white, blending them with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 cloves chopped garlic, 3 tablespoons of water, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon, and fresh ground black pepper. Serve it with veggies, crackers or chips!
For an added burst of flavor add fresh torn basil or freshly crushed rosemary leaves.
Hurst Beans Smoothie
You don’t need to be a culinary chef to know that smoothies are delicious. Start by taking 1 cup of prepared frozen white kidney Hurst Beans and ½ cup of milk or soy milk. Then, blend together with your choice of fresh berries and ½ tsp vanilla extract for an easy and tasty treat.
The recipe below is for spicy black bean soup, which will go great with some cornbread on a cold winter day. So give it a try and let us know what your friends and family think!
Spicy Black Bean Soup
Ingredients: 3 cups of prepared Hurst Black Beans, 1 can of Rotel tomatoes 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. cayenne red pepper 2 tbs chopped onions Cream or half-n-half to taste
Directions: Combine beans, Rotel, seasonings, and onion in a pot. Cook on medium-high heat on the stove top for about 15 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat to low-medium and add cream or half-n-half to desired consistency. Serve and enjoy!
15 Bean Cajun Burgers with Roasted Garlic Aioli – Hurst Beans Recipes
This recipe is great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. These burgers are hearty with a smoky, spicy kick!
This flavorful bean burger requires Hurst’s Hambeens Cajun 15 bean soup mix. I’m excited about the Cajun spices that give these patties their unique flavor profile while letting all of those savory flavors shine in this vegetarian dish which can also serve up nicely on soft burgers buns or lettuce wraps.
Ingredients You’ll Need
1 package HamBeens® Cajun 15 BEAN SOUP®
1 cup Vidalia onion, diced fine
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
1 orange or yellow bell pepper, finely diced
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1.5 cups Panko style bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Vegetable oil (for pan frying)
Soft burger buns
Roasted Garlic Aioli Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4-5 cloves of roasted garlic
- The beans should be rinsed (with cold water) and sorted. Ensure that there are no pebbles or debris present. Put the rinsed beans in a large bowl and cover with about three inches of cold water, and let them soak for at least eight hours, overnight.
After the beans have been soaked, drain them, rinse them again, and place them in a large stockpot along with 8 cups of water.
- Once the beans are boiling, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 2 hours, or until they are completely soft. (If you feel the quantity of water gets too low, add 1/2 cup at a time to cover the beans.)
- Prepare the vegetables while the beans are cooking. Prepare the peppers and onions by dicing them into 1/4″ pieces (or smaller).
- After the beans are cooked through, drain any excess liquid and reserve one cup of the “bean stock”. Let the beans cool.
- Blend the bean mixture into a stiff “bean paste” with a food processor, blender, or potato masher. Adding small amounts of the leftover bean stock can thin the mixture if it becomes too thick. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and mix well.
- Combine peppers, onion, garlic, 1 cup of bread crumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper.
- Stir in 3/4 of the Hurst’s Cajun seasoning packet. Add the entire packet if you’d like a stronger Cajun flavor.
- Start by wetting your hands (to prevent sticking) and making patties. After they are formed, roll them in the remaining bread crumbs and place in the refrigerator while making the garlic aioli.
- Put mayo, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and roasted garlic cloves into a small bowl and mix well. Chill until ready to serve.
- Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet, the brown each side of the burger over medium-high heat. You should flip the burger several times to prevent burning, and allow it to get hot on the inside (which helps it not be mushy).
- Put a nice big dolop of aioli on top, and top with a fresh lettuce and tomato salad, along with some dill pickle spears or New Orleans dirty rice. If you’re feeling adventurous… Add some hot sauce for a kick!
Hurst Beans are the perfect gift to give your friends and family this holiday season (and they’re good all year round too!) They provide a high-quality, healthy product at an affordable price.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our article on Hurst Beans recipes. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know below! And if you want more great recipes that use Hurst Beans, check out this recipe for classic black beans here!
And remember: Always cook Hurst Beans all the way through! Don’t eat raw beans because they’re poisonous when undercooked ( we didn’t believe it either until we researched it ). There are plenty of tasty ways to prepare them – these recipes are just a few.
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