Recipes Using Bean Flour – Chicken and Rice and Cheeseburger Soups

by Merissa on January 11, 2012

in Rice N Beans

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Recipes Using Bean Flour

Today we are exploring a few dishes you can make and use homemade bean flour as the thickener.  (You can read all about making homemade bean flour here, how to do it and why you might want to!) They had originally called for flour as the thickener, but the bean flour is easily substituted and provides a healthier alternative. (and gluten free!) The bean flour that is used as a thickener is from white type beans (great northern or lima beans).  There is no bean taste to adding in these as thickeners and it is never lumpy, but rather very smooth.  These recipes are both made in the crockpot, but probably could be made on the stove top.  I just generally like putting everything together first thing in the morning and then forgetting about it until supper time.

Crockpot Chicken Rice  Soup

What You Need:

  • 6 T. butter
  • 3 T. diced onion
  • 7 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. cooked, diced chicken (or turkey)
  • 1 c. brown rice or wild rice blend
  • 2 c. diced carrots
  • 1/3 c. white bean flour

Place in crock pot on low for 4 -6 hours or until the vegetables are tender.  Turn to "keep warm" setting and add in:

  • 1 c. milk (can add in more, depending on consistency that you like)
  • 2 c. shredded cheese

Serve when cheese is melted.

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Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup

What You Need:

  • 1 lb. browned hamburger
  • 3/4 c. diced onion
  • 3/4 c. shredded carrots
  • 3/4 c. diced celery
  • 1 t. basil
  • 1/4 t. parsley
  • 4 T. butter
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 4 c. diced potatoes
  • 1/4 c. white bean flour
  • 1/4 t. pepper

Place in crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until all vegetables are tender.
Turn to "keep warm" setting and add in:

  • 8 ounces shredded cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. milk (can add in more, depending on the consistency you like)

Serve after cheese has melted.  Can add in 1/4 c. sour cream right before serving.

I have also used the pinto bean flour in making a taco dip.  I used the recipe from the Making and Using Bean Flour post for making the refried bean mixture.  I added in taco seasoning to taste.  Spread the cooled bean/spice mixture onto a large platter.  Add a layer of sour cream and a layer of salsa.  Shred up lettuce and cheese to add on  top.  Serve with tortilla chips.

I hope this provides you with some inspiration for using bean flours.  They are an excellent substitute for flour used as a thickener in soups or gravies.  If you have questions about using beans or the bean flour, please let us know.  We are devoting this month to beans and rice and would love your input or if you have suggestions on what you would like covered.

Until next week, Julie

Julie is Merissa's mom and she's committed to living a frugal and simple lifestyle. Julie grows her own herbs in her garden and enjoys making things at home. You can now find her home remedies and ideas here at Little House Living.

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1 Lisa January 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

Could you use Kidney bean flour?


2 Julie January 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

I do not know. I have never ground kidney beans into flour, nor have I seen it in the store. Sorry that I can’t help you with that one. Generally, I have seen in the store and used only great northern beans or pinto beans for flour. I am sure that you could also use garbanzo bean flour to make hummus, but I have never made that, personally.


3 Tara @ Crock-Pot Ladies January 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

I learned something new from this post! Never even heard of bean flour before. Thank you! That cheeseburger soup sounds delish! Thanks for linking up at CPL!


4 Little House on the Prairie Living January 12, 2012 at 10:17 am



5 Amber Cross November 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

Could you use rice flour as well?


6 Javeriya Sayeed Siddiqui November 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Yummy! this sounds delicious! 😀 I’ve got to share this with my mom.


7 Amber Cross November 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

Can you use rice flour instead of bean flour?


8 Little House on the Prairie Living November 10, 2012 at 8:02 am

Amber, I think that would work. I didn’t have bean flour on hand last night so I used potato flour.


9 Amber Cross November 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Thanks cuz all i have right now is rice flour


10 Nancy January 1, 2013 at 5:55 am

Kidney beans are toxic if not cooked properly.


11 Shakti March 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I have used bean flours in desserts, main dishes, thickeners and dips. The white bean flour is the mellowest. Split pea flour makes a very fast soup in 3 min pretty much. If people are asking to use rice flour in place, than you are missing the point. The point is the protein. People who can’t have carbs or want to add more protein for kids/family. I have made a lemon custard with white bean flour and rice milk. It comes out fantastic. I have also made a flourless chocolate torte with white bean flour. No one can tell. I have a grain mill that mills all beans. They are handy for camping! Good luck experimenting.


12 Kerry February 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Oh, I like the sound of Cheeseburger Soup! Question: Why would you shred the carrots instead of dicing them?

I created a killer chorizo kale soup thickened with garbanzo flour that I make on the stove.The bean flours are very versatile! I’m diabetic and the bean flour doesn’t raise my blood sugar as much as potatoes do.


13 Merissa February 20, 2014 at 6:24 pm

You could use either 🙂 I’m guessing my mom just wrote shredded because that’s what she used and had some in the fridge when she was making this recipe 🙂


14 Lynne February 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

If you cannot find bean flour, can you use regular all purpose flour in these soup recipes. They sound so good….


15 Merissa February 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Yes you can, or another starch such as corn starch or arrowroot powder would work too.


16 Linda September 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I was making chicken and rice
soup tonight and saw your recipes.
What a great idea to use bean flour.
I had garbanzo bean flour on hand and
decided to use it. It came out wonderful with
good flavor and texture. Thank you for the recipes
I can’t wait to try the cheeseburger soup.


17 sarah September 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

Saw these on Pinterest and wondered would these freeze well before adding the dairy parts? Thanks!


18 Merissa September 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

I haven’t tried these recipes in particular but I have frozen soups before and they’ve worked well! Yes, I would leave out the dairy until you warm it up later.


19 Diane Balch October 2, 2014 at 7:58 am

Excellent healthy soups… rich and delicious. Thanks for bringing this to Weekend Bites.


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