Super Simple Stovetop Beans

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We're diving into stovetop beans today and trust me, you're going to want to make these!

Stovetop Beans from (@whatsgabycookin)


I get it - cooking homemade beans can be intimidating and it's easy to just used canned beans for any recipe you find here on WGC. But here's the deal, simmering a pot of beans on the back burner of your stove all day is actually so incredibly easy and rewarding! A: your beans will be way more delicious than out of a can. B: you'll have a LOT of beans to work with for the week. C: they freeze perfectly so you can stock them for a rainy day! Stovetop beans for the win!

Stovetop Beans from (@whatsgabycookin)

If you're not on instagram, you might have missed the fact that I've having a full blow obsession with Rancho Gordo beans. Some people go on shopping sprees at the malls, I went on a shopping spree for beans! We've done a handful of bean focused recipes here on WGC but by popular request, this stovetop bean recipe is coming your way. No fancy equipment needed, just some beans, some water, a few seasonings.

And once you get the stovetop bean recipe down, here are even more bean focused recipes:

Stovetop Beans

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.7 from 3 votes
Everyone needs a good stovetop bean recipe in their back pocket and this recipe won't disappoint! You can use any kind of bean you prefer and it's going to be a winner!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian, American, Mexican, Tex Mex, Southwestern
Servings 4 people


  • 1 pound dried beans
  • 1 large yellow onion, small dice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1-2 dried arbol chilies
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Start by sorting the beans to make sure there is no debris or small rocks. Place in a colander and rinse under cold water.
  • To soak or not to soak. If you have the time, put the beans in a bowl and cover with about 4 inches of cold water, let sit at room temperature for 4 hours or overnight. Soaking will help speed up the cooking time.
  • Put the beans and the soaking liquid if you soaked into a large dutch oven or pot, add onion bay and other aromatics and enough cold water to cover the beans by about 2 inches
  • Cook over medium high heat till you see it start boiling, let it hard boil for 15 min, then reduce heat to low, you want to maintain a slow and low simmer. You can cover keeping the lid slightly ajar
  • Check often to make sure you have enough water, beans should always be submerged, add more HOT water as needed.
  • Beans will take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours to cook. Once beans are soft you can add salt, olive oil and pepper. Turn the heat off, remove bay before serving.
  • Let cool to room temp and keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for 3 months.


If you want to jazz these up even further - I'd suggest adding some sautéed diced onion, diced carrots, diced celery and garlic for a Classic European twist or some diced onion, 2-3 dried chipotle peppers and cilantro for a Latin twist

Nutrition Information

Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 597mg | Potassium: 1605mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 8mg
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  1. What are your thoughts about cooking beans (I too love & stock Rancho Gordo beans) in a crockpot overnight vs. stove top? Specifically your Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili’s?

  2. Try to have family have more plant based foods. My husband is not a fan of chilies. Can I eliminate or substitute? Love your recipes and so excited for your new cookbook. Are there bean recipes in it?

  3. 5 stars
    I love beans and now have a cart full of them from Rancho Gordo!!
    We just really enjoy a good bean burger as well as beans as a side.

  4. 5 stars
    I adore Rancho Gordo Beans! I have some Flageolet beans soaking as I type to cook up for dinner tonight Thanks for sharing your bean love and this simple and perfect preparation. I get so much inspo from your recipes!

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