How Long to Cook Kidney Beans
It takes an hour or two to cook kidney beans, depending on whether or not you soaked them first; if you soak them, they'll cook faster. Either way, you'll need to boil them for at least an hour before they'll be cooked through. Then, you can drain them and add them to a soup, salad, or your favorite chili recipe.
Of course, if you like, you can also take a shortcut and buy canned kidney beans. You can heat up canned beans in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or boil them on the stove for 5 minutes.