The Kelley Bean Cookbook

We have been gathering and developing recipes for many years. The Kelley Bean family is one comprised of many chefs - our employees, spouses, and friends have all contributed to our cookbook. Through our continued travels and general love of food, we build on our cookbook and release an up-to-date version in paperback every couple of years. You can also download and print these recipes by clicking on the links below!*


 This is the 12th Edition of the Kelley Bean Company cookbook, featuring Brown's Best Beans and Peas.

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Slow soak:  Soaking dry beans in water overnight isn't really necessary.
Fast soak:  Boil dry beans for a couple of minutes and let them soak for one hour before cooking.
Faster soak:  Boil dry beans over medium heat for 10 minutes. Soak, covered, for 30 minutes. Cook.
Super fast:  Use canned beans! They're already cooked, just drain and rinse.
Cooking:  Drain well. Add 2 cups water per 1/2 cup presoaked dry beans. Cook for about 1 hour. If the beans aren't presoaked, lengthen the cooking time by 1 hour. Skim off the scum that surfaces during cooking.
Exceptions:  Lentils and split peas don't need presoaking; they take only 1-11/2 cup beans and cook in 20-35 minutes.

Crockpot Method:  This is a great method to cook beans. No soaking necessary! Place washed and sorted beans in the crockpot with enough water to cover the beans by at least three inches. For all day cooking, cook on low. For half day cooking, cook on high. Season the beans before you cook them (if desired) but do not add tomatoes (or any other acidic ingredients) until the beans are cooked.


Beanut Butter  |  Berry Bean Blast Black Bean Salsa  |  Break Time Layered Dip  |  Mix-N-Mash Bean Dip  |  Nebraska Pinto Bean & Corn Salsa  |  Platte River Pate  |  Poorman's Caviar Red Bean Pesto

Salads & Light Fare

Barley, Beef and Bell Pepper Salad  |  Black Beans & Tuna Salad  |  Bean & Basil Brunch  |  Caesar Bean Salad Caribbean Shrimp & Black Bean Salad Corn & Black Bean Salad  |  Marinated Garden Salad More Than 3 Bean Salad  |  Red, White and Garb Salad  |  Sonoma Supper Salad  |  Thai Style Black Bean Salad  |  Tillamook Bay Bean Salad


Barcelona Bean Soup with Dumplings  |  Bean Soup Romana  |  Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Cream  |  Black Bean Pumpkin Soup  |  Chicken Tortilla Soup  |  Calico Bean Soup  |  Down Home Bean Medley Soup  |  Italian Bean Soup  |  Mexican Corn Chowder Meeting Street Black-Eyed Pea & Corn Soup  |  Mixed Bean Minestrone  |  Potato Bean Soup  |  Rossell's Split Pea Soup with Sweet Potato  |  Santa Fe Chicken & White Bean Soup  |  Sheepherder's Hearty Soup  |  Spicy Hot Chilled Bean Gazpacho  |  Spicy Lentil Soup


Chilly Jilly  |  Mexican Chili Mole  |  CK's Black Bean & Beef Chili  |  Red Meat Chili & Beans  |  White Chili  |  Winter's Eve White Chili

Main Courses

Bean Jambalaya  |  Black Bean Brunch  |   Chicken Enchilada Casserole  |  Hearty Ribs & Beans  |  Kelley Bean All Purpose Ham & Bean Recipe  |  Nebraska Red Beans & Rice  |  Pasta with Bean & Smoked Salmon  |  Salsa Chicken Beans & Rice  |  Shipwreck Casserole  |  Southwest Lean Bean Scramble  |  Sunshine Bean Casserole Vegetarian Lasagna

International Dishes

Black Eyed Bean Salad - Malaysia  |  Cassoulet - France  |  Congri - Cuba  |  Gallo Pinto - Nicaragua & Costa Rica Pasta e Fagioli - Italy Pinto Beans in Olive Oil - Turkey  |  Red Kidney Bean Soup - Cuba

Side Dishes

Beans for a Crowd  |  Bean & Vegetable Berserker Black Beans with Tomatoes & Cilantro  |  Halloween Hash  |  Hoppin' John Blackeyes  |  Monterey Jack's Pinto Beans  |  Nebraska Baked Beans New Orleans-Style Red Beans  |  Nora's Easy Bean Bake Pasta with Warm Blackeye Salsa Pesto & Pasta  |  Rosemary's White Beans Sweet & Sour Baked Beans  |  Sweet-N-Sour Bean Casserole

Sweets & Snacks

Bavarian Inn's Coconut Bean Bar  |  Bean Julius  |  Black Bean Brownies  |  Black Hills Chocolate Torte  |  Blueberry Bean Muffins  |  Brown's Best Holiday Nut Bread  |  Coffee Bean Brownies  |  Country Spice Cake  |  Peas 'N' Carrot Cake  |  Pecan Praline Cheesecake  |  Red River Bean Cake