Be Prepared Five-Bean Soup Mix


This make-ahead dry bean soup mix allows you always to be prepared!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
4 batches of soup mix


  • 1 ½ cups dried pinto beans

  • 1 ½ cups white kidney beans

  • 1 cup dry kidney beans

  • 1 cup dry lima beans

  • 1 cup dry garbanzo beans

  • ½ cup dried minced onion

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic

  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder

  • 3 cubes beef bouillon

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • ¼ cup bacon bits

  • ¼ cup mixed vegetable flakes

  • 4 quarts water

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (Optional)

  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes


  1. To make bean mix: Measure pinto, navy, kidney, lima, and garbanzo beans, and combine in a large airtight container or zip-top bag.

  2. To make seasoning mix: Combine onion, paprika, salt, mustard powder, garlic, chicken bouillon powder, beef broth, parsley, bacon bits, and vegetable flakes in a small zip-top bag and shake to mix. Place bag in the container with bean mix. Store at room temperature.

  3. To make one batch of soup (6 servings), start 2 1/2 hours before serving. Rinse 1 1/2 cups bean mix in a sieve under running water. Place beans in a 3-quart saucepan. Add 5 cups water, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 cup seasoning mix. (You can add 1 can tomatoes and juice at this time, or you can add juice and reserve tomatoes to add near the end of simmering time.) Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until beans are tender.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

211 Calories
4g Fat
34g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 211
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 539mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 860mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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