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2 white bowls, one is filled with cooked black beans and one with cooked garbanzo beans.

How to Cook Dried Garbanzo Beans & Black Beans

Learn how to soak and cook dried garbanzo beans and black beans in three easy steps.

Course Entree
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword black beans, dried beans, garbanzo beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Soaking time is included in the total time. 8 hours
Total Time 10 hours 5 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 458 kcal
Author Linda Meyer

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • 1 lb dried black beans
  • 12 cups water
  • 1 tbsp sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. FOR THE CHICKPEAS
  2. Long Soak Chickpeas
  3. Rinse the chickpeas in a colander, put in a stock pot and cover with 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm) of water, let sit for 8 hours. The beans will expand and become softer.
  4. Short Soak Chickpeas
  5. Rinse the chickpeas in a colander, put in a stock pot and cover with 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm) of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes and remove the pot from the heat, let the chickpeas soak for 2 hours. The beans will expand and become softer.
  6. After They Soak
  7. In a colander, drain the water and rinse the beans. Place in a stock pot and cover with 12 cups of fresh water and bring to a boil. When the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to simmer, or a low boil, and cook for 90 minutes, or until the chickpeas are cooked to your desired texture. For a firm and chewy bean cook uncovered and for a creamier softer bean, cover, leaving a bit of a gap to allow steam to escape. Add more boiling water to the pot as needed. If you want your beans to have a salty flavor, add the salt during the last 15 minutes of cooking. If you add it earlier you could end up with tough beans.
  8. When the beans are finished cooking drain and rinse them in a colander and let the excess water drip off of them.
  9. FOR THE BLACK BEANS
  10. For a Long Soak
  11. Rinse the beans in a colander and place in a stock pot. Cover with 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm) of water and let soak for 6 hours. Don’t let them soak for too long or the beans will split. The beans will expand and become soft.
  12. For a Short Soak
  13. Rinse the beans in a colander and place in a stock pot. Cover with 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm) of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and remove from the heat and let sit for 2 hours. The beans will expand and become soft.
  14. After They Soak
  15. Drain and rinse the beans in a colander, rinse the stock pot, and put the beans back in the pot. Cover the beans with 12 cups of water and bring to a boil. When the water is boiling reduce the heat and cook at a low boil for approximately 90 minutes to two hours, or until the beans are fully cooked. Stir the beans every 15 minutes and add more boiling water if necessary. The beans should be covered with water throughout the cooking time. SEE NOTE

  16. When the beans are finished cooking, drain and rinse them and let the excess water drip off.
  17. Store both types of beans in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Recipe Notes

NUTRITION DISCLAIMER

Don’t undercook raw beans as they contain lectins, which are glycoproteins, commonly found in plant foods, but the kind found in raw and undercooked beans are toxic.

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Dried Garbanzo Beans & Black Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1435mg62%
Potassium 1609mg46%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 21g88%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 173mg17%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.