Every witch in every storybook town covets or collects beans for good reason. Year-round, these magical pantry staples can be put to use in everything from soups and salads to chilis, burritos or smoothies. Knowing what to make with the beans in your possession can be tricky. So, allow us to introduce you to four common sorts and recommend 20 easy recipes you can make at home with your stock of special beans.
With a sweet taste, soft texture and matte color, black beans are medium-sized and take an hour or 90 minutes to cook. They can be pureed and coated over tortas, blended into berry smoothies or rinsed, drained and mixed into chilis, burrito bowls, soups and salsas.
Frequent collaborators black beans and corn partner up with another sort of bean for this easy chicken recipe: the Great Northern bean. Medium-sized, oval and with a thin white skin, Great Northern beans provide a delicate flavor and are commonly used in French and Mediterranean cooking.
Even vegans can enjoy some of our best burger recipes. This black bean patty is paired with a relish made of onion, jalapenos, barbecue sauce and, you guessed it, corn.
Kidney-shaped beans are known for their firm texture and red outer color. Both dark red and light red kidney beans hold up well in soups and other dishes with long cook times like sports stadium-ready chilis. On their own, kidney beans take between 90 and 120 minutes to cook.
For a delicious, hearty dinner, look no further than this Italian style soup. The final product: a chicken broth seasoned with oregano, rosemary and thyme where red kidney beans dance alongside chopped turkey sausage, diced tomatoes and bowtie pasta.
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Let this red beans and rice recipe be the first of many Creole and Cajun dishes you try recreating at home. Serve it up alongside a batch of freshly baked cornbread.
Of all the beans, pinto beans are the most widely produced bean in the U.S., according to the Bean Institute. Raw pinto beans have a signature speckled beige and brown look that disappears when cooked for 90 to 120 minutes. Mexican-style refried beans are made from pinto beans, as are other dishes from dips to pastas.
Great for serving up alongside warm-weather grill recipes, these slow-cooked baked beans are cooked with garlic powder, cinnamon, brown sugar and molasses, not to mention four slices of bacon.
Pinto beans can be easily swapped with another sort of bean, the cannellini bean, when cooking this Mediterranean risotto. A sort of white bean, cannellini beans are often also called white kidney beans.
Add a half cup of soft-cooked pinto beans to your next batch of guacamole for a bright chip dip made for sunny days.
For a taste of Texas, cook up this Southwestern pork and bean soup made with boneless pork chops, chicken broth, chopped tomatoes, onion, chili powder and your choice of pinto beans or small and pale pink beans.
There are multiple sorts of white beans. First, there are Great Northern beans — the sort we have already seen mixed in with black and kidney beans in chili. Then, we have cannellini beans or white kidney beans and, lastly, navy beans. Not at all blue, navy beans were famously included in the U.S. Naval diet during the 19th century. They are small with a mild, delicate flavor and cook for 90 to 120 minutes, according to the Bean Institute.
All it takes is less than 25 minutes to prep and cook these light and impressive appetizers. Ripe tomatoes are good for a blood-pressure conscious diet and the coarsely chopped cannellini beans add a signature Mediterranean flare.
Fiber-friendly cannellini beans cook alongside brain-boosting avocado, lime and cilantro in this pork-based chili.
Beans. Beets. Bunches of pita. That’s basically all this easy game-day recipe calls for, plus the added spices that make this bright magenta dip taste as good as it looks.
Take your pick of cannellini, Great Northern or navy bean for this simple salad. Toss in additional surprising fruits like yellow peppers, tomatoes, red peppers and minced onion and top off with a dressing made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard and a tablespoon or two of sugar.
Blend low-fat buttermilk, your choice of white beans, a frozen ripe banana, a couple teaspoons of honey and a dash of nutmeg for a healthy smoothie that tastes as good as it looks.
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