Frugal Dried Bean Soup Mix

by Merissa on January 7, 2015

in Recipes

Dried Bean Soup Mix - Little House living

Dried Bean Soup Mix

Every good homestead needs a back-up bean soup mix in their pantry for those nights when you need a good hearty meal but aren't sure what to put on the table.

We love having beans for lunch or supper (especially our Canned Pinto Beans) because they are easy to toss together, frugal, and they fill up your belly. This dried bean Soup Mix is another pantry staple that we keep around for when we need it.

I generally like to buy beans in bulk. Dried beans are inexpensive and even cheaper when purchased in a larger quantity (I get mine from Azure Standard). Even though there are several types of beans in this soup mix, it still makes for a frugal dish.

This recipe isn't super quick (since you have to soak the beans), but it is very easy to put together.

Dried Beans

Dried Bean Soup Mix

What You Need for Bean Base:

  • 1/2 cup dried Kidney Beans
  • 1/2 cup dried Pinto Beans
  • 1/2 cup dried White Beans or Navy Beans
  • 1/2 cup dried Lentils
  • 1/2 cup dried Split Peas
  • 1/2 cup dried Black Beans

What You Need for Spice Mix:

  • 1 tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dried Minced Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 5 Tablespoons Brown or Raw Sugar

Adding Beans to Jar

Layer the beans in a quart sized jar.

Spices for Bean Soup MIx

In a small bowl, mix together the spices.

Putting Together Bean Soup Mix

Place them in a small bag before putting in the jar and label them so you don't forget what it's for.

Bean Soup Mix

When you are ready to make your soup, place the jar of beans into about 4 cups of water in the morning and let them soak all day. Drain off any excess water and place the beans in a large stock pot. Add in the spice packet and 1 pint of stewed tomatoes (or one large can from the store if you don't have your own). Also pour in 4 cups of water and 2 cups of chicken broth. Turn on a low to medium heat and let the soup simmer until beans are cooked through (about an hour or 2) you may need to add a bit more water if your soup is getting too thick as the beans soak up more water. Enjoy!

What are your favorite meals in a jar to make?


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1 HOME January 7, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Thanks for sharing this. This will be a fun project to do with my kids. How long is the soup mix good for once it is assembled in the mason jar?


2 Merissa January 7, 2015 at 1:23 pm

As long as it’s stored air tight you can keep this for a long long time. I haven’t tested it to know for sure but I know it would be great for well over a year if not much longer. Dried beans store very well. πŸ™‚


3 MM January 7, 2015 at 11:33 pm

I was thinking what a lovely gift this would make as well as provide extra food storage too! Your pictures are wonderful! I have printed the recipe and plan to add it to my menu in the future πŸ™‚ Thanks again!


4 Jessica Beal Harlow January 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

I love how budget friendly this filling meal is! It looks beautiful in your mason jar too.


5 Betty January 9, 2015 at 9:09 am

I have done this myself for our “Home Craft Sales”. What fun. Very much appreciated by Mothers “working out of the home”.
Thank you again.


6 Laurie January 9, 2015 at 9:42 am

Our cub scouts are working a unit on foods and nutrition. I will be using this idea to finish off the lesson. Each boy will be able to bring home a jar…imagine how proud he will be when he can say he fixed dinner! Thanks for the great idea.


7 Gina H January 9, 2015 at 9:47 am

Have you ever done this in the crockpot? A lot of times I just put in the night before. A ham hock would be good in this too. Thanks for sharing.


8 Gina H January 9, 2015 at 9:48 am

Sorry Merissa (autocorrect).


9 Merissa January 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

I haven’t but I think it would work great in the crockpot! I would just rinse the beans though first πŸ™‚


10 kerri January 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm

I soak the beans overnight. Then in the am put everything in the crockpot and cook all day.


11 Jo Ann Bazar January 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

We love this bean soup, it’s so versatile, you can add whatever type of bean you like as well as seasoning, we like it with a teaspoon of chili powder and rotel tomatoes( I make my own). Serve with hot corn bread and its a meal fit for a king.


12 donni January 9, 2015 at 11:23 am

Wow, that looks pretty enough to give as a gift! Thank you for this, I am always on the lookout for simple, make ahead recipes!


13 Lori January 9, 2015 at 1:23 pm

It seems like a lot of sugar, does the soup have a sweet taste to it? Just curious, looks beautiful.


14 Merissa January 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm

It does not really have a sweet taste to it.


15 Marti January 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

I made it the other day and only added 1 T raw sugar to it. It was very good! My husband even commented how good it was.
Also want to try it in the slow cooker. Have read to soak the beans overnight first, drain, rinse, and add to slow cooker. Has anyone tried this?


16 Merissa January 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm

I think it would work just fine in the slow cooker but yes, I would drain and soak overnight first.


17 one of God's January 9, 2015 at 1:53 pm

We are often cautioned to not add anything acidic when cooking dried beans. Because of this I might choose to cook the beans until soft before adding the tomatoes.


18 PAM January 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm



19 karen January 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm

I love love love all your information. I make something like this and I add hot sausage to it.


20 Leeann January 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Do the lentils or peas become mush if you soak them?


21 Merissa January 9, 2015 at 5:18 pm

They haven’t for me but if they do they would just become a thickener in the soup and still taste ok.


22 Marti January 9, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Thanks so much for the recipe! A “Must Make” &/or “put together” soon! We’ve been enjoying using beans in so many different things, and this will be an added bonus!


23 Martine - MeUnfinished January 9, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Great recipe! Thank you for this, I am sure to enjoy soon πŸ™‚


24 Colleen January 10, 2015 at 10:56 am

Bean soups are my favorite! This looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing.


25 Jess January 11, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Great post!


26 Sharon January 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

we got a jar of Dried Bean Soup Mix for Christmas. I made it yesterday in the crockpot. We both LOVED it. The neighbor now cannot find the original recipe. This recipe has all the right beans in it and hopefully it has somewhere close to the right seasoning mix. I put the beans in a

collander and then placed the collander in a large bowl. I then poured boiling water over the beans, filling the bowl. Let it sit for 45-60 minutes, then drain. I browned one pound of mild Italian sausage while crumbling. Drained all the fat off,then just added everything to the crockpot. I used one 14 oz, can of diced tomatoes and a 14 oz. Can of Italian flavored diced tomatoes. Did not drain the tomatoes. Cooked on high for a little over 7 hrs. Don’t forget to put in the packet of seasoning mix. his makes a 5 qt. crockpot full!!


27 Merissa January 23, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Yum, I love the addition of sausage!


28 Belinda February 24, 2015 at 5:44 am

I made this about a month or so ago and my 14 year old son loves it. I just added ham and made some cornbread. Very delicious and filling. I also added a little cayenne for heat. I wound up making it twice in one week it was such a hit. Thanks for posting.


29 Merissa February 24, 2015 at 8:28 am

I’m so glad your family enjoyed it!


30 Gaylene Henderson March 2, 2015 at 12:14 am

Thank you. I was just talking to the family today about having an emergency supply of meals in jars (soup, chili, rice, pasta, etc) where all we need to do is add water to make the meal. Living in a rural area you never know when it may be needed. I’d love to see what kind of other “jar meal” recipes you may have.


31 Jen March 2, 2016 at 7:08 pm

This would be a great for an emergency meal if you need one in cold weather when you have a wood stove or other fuel handy to cook on, but if fuel is scarce during an emergency the long cooking beans might be impractical. I would use only the peas and lentils with dried carrots and onions and maybe an addition of a small amount of pearl barley. All of those cook much faster than pintos and kidneys, and will make a hearty soup.


32 Jenny March 21, 2015 at 8:27 pm

I have never been to your blog before and just found it because I have been searching for ways to use up some of last year’s overabundance of beans before planting MORE. I just wanted to say how much I love the look of your blog! Especially the social media links on the eggs. Cute! πŸ™‚


33 Rose @ Walnut Acre December 16, 2015 at 8:51 pm

This is a wonderful idea. I think it would make a good Christmas gift too πŸ™‚


34 Easypeasylifematters December 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm

We have got to make up some of this soup!!! It sounds so yummy and I love how you can have it on hand. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Favorite Things link up πŸ™‚


35 Gail Johnson October 6, 2016 at 8:43 pm

Hi, Just love your web page. I’m just learning how to can. I have lots and lots of beans and lentils I received from a food bank. I was wondering if I can precook the beans if this recipe would work for long term?


36 Linda December 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm

How long is the shelf life of the bean soup mix? Thank you for all you do, I love your website


37 Merissa December 8, 2016 at 7:27 pm

I haven’t tested it but I would say that if it’s in an air-tight jar or container it would be very long…several years.


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