A growing collection of Primary Beans' favorite recipes, stories, and recommendations meant to inspire mindful living and bring your pantry to life.

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What it means to be a product of agricluture

What it means to be a product of agricluture

Pay attention and even embrace the imperfect. By doing so you'll contribute to less waste, and still get to enjoy delicious food in the way that Mother Nature has always intended.
Frijoles colorados

Frijoles colorados

While recipes vary slightly, the fundamentals of this hearty Cuban stew are the same: red beans, a few different smoky meats, sazón, and veggies like squash and potatoes.

 

Beans and gut health with Primary Beans

The link between your gut health and overall health

We expand on what what we’ve already covered around what beans do for your gut, and share the nuances to keep in mind as you think about your own gut health. 
holiday bean confit with Primary Beans Organic Ayocote Blanco

Holiday bean confit

A showstopping holiday recipe to cook for loved ones. While not technically confit by definition, we love this idea of slowly roasting already cooked beans in lots of oil and with festive aromatics.
Fall harvest crostata recipe with Primary Beans Cannellini beans

Fall harvest crostata

This savory crostata features a tasty filling of white beans, cheese, herbs, and fall vegetables. Remember the best crostatas have a certain charm from their imperfect appearance :)
How to pair beans and wine

How to pair beans and wine

Layla Schlack, a fellow bean enthusiast and wine writer, identifies the types of wine that would best compliment the Primary Beans varieties in your pantry.
Brothy beans with sauteed mushrooms and sage pesto with Primary Beans Cranberry beans

Brothy beans with sautéed mushrooms and sage pesto

We developed this recipe to highlight fall’s bounty: creamy beans are topped with earthy sauteed cremini mushrooms and nutty sage pesto. Don’t forget the crusty bread! 
Matos Family Black Beans with Primary Beans Organic Negro beans

Matos Family Black Beans

Dani Dillon adapted this recipe from her Puerto Rican grandma, Adeline Matos (or "Mom Mom"), who played a huge role in Dani’s upbringing and her earliest memories in the kitchen.
Food memories: Q&A with Dani Dillon

Food memories: Q&A with Dani Dillon

Meet our friend Dani Dillon, a New York-based chef, founder, and operations leader who believes that personal, story-driven food can connect people in profound ways. 
Malaysian bean curry featuring Primary beans Organic Ayocote Morado beans

Malaysian bean curry

Created in partnership with Homiah, this minimal ingredient recipe showcases the magic of combining wholesome, thoughtfully sourced pantry ingredients with distinct origins. 
Pizza beans with Primary Beans Cannellini beans

Pizza beans!

Created by real-life parents seeking easy veggie-loaded dinners that everyone can enjoy. Gather the kiddos in the kitchen for a dish that's not only fun to make but fun to eat!
Bean pate recipe with Primary Beans Cranberry beans

Bean pâté

Beans, walnuts, herbs, and spices come together into a savory, thick spread for your next grazing board that'll please vegetarians and omnivores alike. 
Why beans are the perfect food for baby-led weaning

Why beans are the perfect food for baby-led weaning

Learn about baby-led weaning, some key tips for a smooth and low-stress start, and why beans are  the ideal food for little hands and growing babies.
Primary Beans supporting school food and gardening programs

Supporting school food and gardening programs

Advocating for school food reform and gardening programs inside and outside of schools  play such a critical role in shaping lifelong health eating habits for so many children.
Clams with Alubia beans and Spanish Chorizo with Primary Beans Organic Alubia beans

Clams with Alubia beans and Spanish chorizo

I really love beans and seafood together and this recipe is a dinner party favorite. Here, clams and beans are cooked with a savory mixture of aromatics, Spanish chorizo, lemon, white wine, and broth.
Easy weeknight bean tostadas

Easy weeknight bean tostadas

I love the textural contrasts of the creamy refried beans and crispy tortilla, and it's fun to play around with different toppings based on what you have on hand.
Coconut rice and red beans recipe with Primary Beans Sangre de Toro beans

Coconut rice and red beans

This classic Caribbean-inspired rice and beans dish has stood the test of time. We first tried it while visiting the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica and fell in love with its simplicity, subtle richness, and versatility. 
Tamales de frijol, calabaza, y epazote with Primary Beans x Tamoa Parraleno beans

Tamales de frijol, calabaza, y epazote

Eaten widely across Mexico but with many regional variations, tamales are both a celebratory and convenience food. While lard is traditionally used, this version can also be made entirely vegan.
Frijoles con salsa macha with Primary Beans x Tamoa Ayocote Arcoiris beans

Frijoles con salsa macha

This recipe was designed exclusively for our Primary Beans x Tamoa collaboration by Bolita founder, Emmanuel Galván. Salsa macha is a toasty, nutty, spicy condiment.
Summer bean salad with Primary Beans

A note about finding solace in summer meals

For as long as we’ve lived, food has been a catalyst for conversation, for relationship-building, and for joy, especially when things feel difficult. My hope is that this season is no different.
Herby marinated white beans by Annie Lucey with Primary Beans Ayocote Blanco beans

Herby marinated white beans

This recipe by Annie Lucey is low maintenance and big on flavor, which makes it perfect for summer dinner parties or even Sunday meal prep. Serve immediately or pop into the fridge.
Primary Beans Food Memories with Annie Lucey

Food memories: Q&A with Annie Lucey

Meet our friend Annie Lucey, a California based chef who believes that delicious meals don’t need to be complicated. Annie’s been busy honing her love for home cooking since elementary school...
Vegan frijoles Zacatecanos with Primary Beans Organic Flor de Junio beans

Vegan frijoles Zacatecanos

Designed exclusively for our Toda la Familia kit by Todo Verde founder and NYT Cooking contributor, Jocelyn Ramirez. You can typically find avocado leaves at Mexican grocery stores or online.
Molletes with tofu al pastor with Primary Beans Organic Ojo de Cabra beans

Molletes with tofu al pastor

Designed exclusively for our Toda la Familia kit by Todo Verde founder, Jocelyn Ramirez. "The best thing about molletes is the combination of crunchy toasted bolillo or birote with luscious smooth beans."
Jocelyn's frijoles de la olla with Primary Beans Organic Bayo beans

Jocelyn’s frijoles de la olla

Designed exclusively for our Toda la Familia kit by Todo Verde founder and NYT Cooking contributor, Jocelyn Ramirez. You can typically find avocado leaves at Mexican grocery stores or online.
Why beans are essential for a healthy gut

Why beans are essential for a healthy gut

We’re not shy about touting all the scientifically proven benefits of beans, which is why we’re excited to partner with Chelsea Didinger, PhD Candidate, to dive into the role beans play in promoting gut health.
Brothy beans with gremolata and Greek yogurt

Brothy beans with gremolata and Greek yogurt

Herby gremolata (chopped, never blended) adds color, zippy flavor, and texture, and stirring in Greek yogurt brings a tangy brightness to the broth.
Primary Beans hummus recipe with Organic chickpeas

Best hummus

High-quality chickpeas and tahini, which blend together to make the creamiest version of this classic dip, make all the difference. You can play with the toppings depending on what’s in your pantry.
A special note for Earth Day

A special note for Earth Day

It’s a privilege to celebrate all our progress this Earth Day– it’s a reminder that a group of passionate individuals working collectively towards a shared vision is the best way to create change.
What is regenerative agriculture anyway?

What is regenerative agriculture anyway?

Our Montana farm is looking towards regenerative agriculture to sustain the future of the farm. But like any buzzword, the definition can get muddled, so we sat down with owner Jeff Bangs.
Meet the farm behind your favorite chickpeas

Meet the farm behind your favorite chickpeas

We sat down with our Montana-based farm partner to learn more about the Marvel chickpea variety, what makes it so special, and how its virtues extend well beyond its culinary traits.
Rustic Bakery's Meyer lemon chickpea spread

Rustic Bakery's Meyer lemon chickpea spread

Our friends at Rustic Bakery adapted the recipe for home cooks. Bright and citrusy from 2 whole Meyer lemons and lots of cilantro, this recipe makes the most of California’s winter citrus season.
When is the best time to salt beans?

When is the best time to salt beans?

The exact timing for adding salt is controversial among cooks. In this experiment, I ran four different tests on Chickpeas from Primary Beans to determine the best method. By Karishma Pradhan.
Do I need to soak beans?

Do I need to soak beans?

There is a huge debate around whether you need to soak beans in advance of cooking them. To test these theories, I cooked 5 varieties of beans from Primary Beans in an Instant Pot. By Karishma Pradhan.
What is the best method to cook beans?

What is the best method to cook beans?

There are several ways to cook beans at home, from stovetop to the Instant Pot. My goal was to determine the best method and identify any differences between methods. By Karishma Pradhan.
The science behind cooking beans

The science behind cooking beans

Bean cooking can get a bit controversial, so in partnership with Primary Beans, Karishma Pradhan set out to put an end to some of the most pressing bean cooking questions.