Bean Conversions

September 19, 2013 6 Comments

Dry Beans to Cooked Beans Conversions

Dry Beans To Cooked Beans To Canned Beans

I love beans but don’t love soaking beans overnight and then cooking them for hours in the middle of the week to make one of my favorite bean dishes. Yes, I know there advantages to cooking beans from scratch including nutrition, flavor and cost but there are nights I want to just open a can or two of beans to make a bean stew or Tuscan beans. Problem: I never know the correct conversion of dry beans to cooked beans to canned beans and that is why I did a little research and am posting what I found here for you to use.

These conversions are approximations and depend on the type of bean, the size and shape of the bean.

Canned Beans to Cooked Beans

14 -16 oz can = 1.5 cups cooked beans
19 oz can = 2.25 cups cooked beans
28 oz can = 3 – 3.25 cups cooked beans

 Dry Bean Yields After Cooking

1 pound dry beans = 6 to 7 cups cooked beans, drained
1 pound dry beans = about 2 cups dry beans
1 cup dry beans (most kinds) = 3 cups cooked beans
2/3 cup dry beans (most kinds) = 2 cups cooked beans
1/2 cup dry beans (most kinds) = 1-1/2 cups cooked beans
1/3 cup dry beans = 1 cup cooked beans

Chick peas, great northern beans, and lima beans: 1 cup dry beans = 3 cups cooked beans

Lentils: 1 cup dried lentils = 3 cups cooked


 Dry Bean Conversions

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  1. Midnite says:

    Great info. I like to use dry beans whenever I can, but didn’t know the conversion amounts from canned to dry. Thanks for sharing. M

  2. William says:

    Excellent information, thanks!

  3. J'Marinde says:

    I STILL do not get it. I have a recipe that calls for 1/2 pound of dry chickpeas and I need to know how many cups cooked that is – – or how many 15 oz. cans? I am trying to make hummus. Please. Seems everyone wants to give me a conversion lesson, but I just want an answer for now. Can you help?

    • Hi J’Marinde,

      One pound dried chickpeas = 2 cups dried chickpeas
      One pound dried chickpeas = 6 cups fully cooked and drained chickpeas
      One pound dried chickpeas = 4 cans (15 oz each) drained chickpeas.

      Soooo, 1/2 pound dry chickpeas equals 3 cups fully cooked and drained chickpeas

  4. Paprika says:

    J’Marinde, you need 2 15-oz cans of drained, rinsed chickpeas.

  5. Kait K says:

    Don’t make the mistake of taking the weight of the contents of the can…you need the DRAINED weight or you’ll be eating beans for days!

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