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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A note about climate change from our co-founder

A note about climate change from our co-founder

As we get ready to bring incredible new bean varieties to your table, we’ve also been navigating the realities that come with working directly with farms. 
Unique Hammond The Bean Protocol interview with Primary Beans

The Bean Protocol™, explained: Conversation with Unique Hammond

We chatted with Unique Hammond, Bean Protocol™ specialist, about the healing powers of plant-based eating, the science behind the protocol, and why beans are key to a healthy overall well-being.
Baked beans with Primary Beans Organic Alubia beans

No-ketchup sticky baked beans

I grew up in New England, and few things remind me of fall more than a big pot of baked beans served on a crisp day. The baked beans of my childhood are, to my now grown-up palate, a little too sweet, so...
Jarrett Melendez

Food memories: Q&A with Jarrett Melendez

We chatted with our friend and recipe developer, Jarrett Melendez, about his early food memories, cooking style, and how he's merging his loves for comics and food.
Taco salad recipe with Primary Beans Bayo beans

Summer taco salad

This recipe is fresh, tangy, flavorful, and hearty enough to be a meal. The dressing gets its creamy consistency from Greek yogurt, jazzed up with lime juice and chipotles in adobo. 
Panzanella recipe with Primary Beans Ayocote Blanco beans

Peak-summer panzanella

The best combination of two of our favorite “heirlooms”: tomatoes and beans! We’ve loved panzanella ever since we discovered this pure genius of a salad. Our version features hearty Ayocote Blanco beans...
Enfrijoladas recipe by Primary Beans

Sofia and Francisco's enfrijoladas

Enfrijoladas are a go-to weeknight dinner throughout Mexico and we get why: tortillas smothered in a smooth, rich bean sauce makes for a super simple, yet comforting dish.
Refried beans recipe by Primary Beans

No-fail refried beans

Once you’ve made a pot of beans using our guide, you’ve allllmost made refried beans. All you need is a little more fat to fry everything up. If you can find quality, pasture-raised lard, use it for the best flavor...
Turkish bean salad (piyaz) recipe with Primary Beans Cannellini beans

Turkish bean salad (piyaz)

A traditional Turkish salad recipe developed in partnership with New York Shuk that comes together quickly to make your summer easy and delicious. We love how the zingy preserved lemon paste and sumac...
Alubia bean recipes by Primary Beans

Alubia bean recipes

A growing collection of Primary Beans' favorite Alubia bean recipes in one place: Turkish bean salad (piyaz), Baked beans with greens, dill, and yogurt, and more.
Persian-style herby beans with yogurt and caramelized onions with Primary Beans Chickpeas

Persian-style herby beans with yogurt and caramelized onions

This recipe is adapted from the herbaceous bean and noodle soup known as ash reshteh. Our version is heavy on the beans, and features the traditional yogurt and caramelized onion topping.
Pantry shelves with Primary Beans

Our top 5 steps to an organized kitchen

Now that we’ve settled into the role of being our own personal chefs, we thought we’d share our favorite ways to up your cooking game and stay organized in 2021...
Ayocote Morado bean recipes by Primary Beans

Ayocote Morado bean recipes

A growing collection of all our favorite Ayocote Morado bean recipes in one place: Chipotle baked beans with cilantro pesto, Pressure cooker rajma, Friday night beans, greens, and sausage, and more.
Veggie burger recipe by Primary Beans

*Actual* veggie burgers

You make a veggie burger because you want an actual veggie burger, not a plant-based burger that tastes exactly like meat. This recipe celebrates beans and veggies...
Frijoles charros, oaxaqueños, and puercos by Primary Beans

Mexican beans 3 ways: Frijoles charros, oaxaqueños, and puercos

We're sharing 3 ways to transform your next batch of Mexican-style beans into dishes representing regional favorites across Mexico. Each of these preparations starts with a batch of frijoles de la olla.
Online reading running list by Primary Beans

Online reading

We're sharing articles (and the occassional listen, film, or show) by trusted voices that explore food topics like farming, culture, health, climate change, technology, and more. Learn with us.

Cranberry bean recipes by Primary Beans

Cranberry bean recipes

A growing collection of all our favorite Cranberry bean recipes in one place: Pasta e fagioli, Creamy beans on toast, Friday night beans, greens, and sausage, Botanica’s bean tartine, and more.
Carrot-bean soup with miso and dill with Primary Beans Mayocoba beans

Carrot-bean soup with miso and dill

Here's a simple, nourishing carrot-bean soup with miso, lemon zest, and dill for a flavor punch. We love the rustic nature that’s achieved by keeping vegetable chunks whole rather than pureeing. 
Primary Beans bookshelf running list

Primary Beans bookshelf

Welcome to our bookshelf! Each quarter, we're sharing books that have caught our fancy and expanded our horizons on cooking, agriculture, history, culture, and more.
Shakshuka recipe with Primary Beans Chickpeas

Favorite shakshuka with chickpeas and harissa

Shakshuka is at the top of our list of eggs-for-dinner recipes, though in Israel it’s brunch fare above all. It’s a one-pan dish of eggs baked in a spice-laden tomato sauce, and served with a pile of warm pita bread. 
Chickpea recipes by Primary Beans

Chickpea recipes

A growing collection of all our favorite Chickpea recipes in one place: Favorite shakshuka with chickpeas and harissa,  Espinacas con garbanzos, Persian-style herby beans, and more.
Primary Beans Cannellini beans on kitchen counter

A primer on bean nutrition

Beans are a magical fruit– but not for the reason you think. Beans pack in an average of 21-24 grams of protein per 1-½ cups. They’re also a key dietary source of B vitamins, potassium, magnesium...
Beans on toast recipe with Primary Beans Cannellini beans

Creamy beans on toast

A no-recipe recipe that is a must-have for your back pocket. Never forget: good, crusty bread is the perfect vessel for creamy beans. Which beans to use? Creamy beans with delicate skins...
Ayocote Blanco bean recipes by Primary Beans

Ayocote Blanco bean recipes

A growing collection of all our favorite Ayocote Blanco bean recipes in one place. Peak-summer panzanella, Turkish bean salad (piyaz), Baked beans with greens, dill, and yogurt, and more.
The future of beans (Part 4) by Primary Beans

The future of beans (Part 4)

We’re sharing a behind-the-scenes look at Primary Beans' role in furthering the availability of the highest quality beans to home cooks around the country.

The art of bean breeding (Part 3) by Primary Beans

The art of bean breeding (Part 3)

What exactly is breeding? We’re demystifying the often misunderstood concept of breeding, its important role today, and how it has shaped the availability of beans at the grocery store.
What are heirloom beans? (Part 2) by Primary Beans

What are heirloom beans? (Part 2)

Ever wonder how heirloom beans differ from the run-of-the-mill varieties found at the typical grocery store? Here, we break down the different types of beans and explain the allure of heirloom beans.

Beans’ role in agriculture by Primary Beans

Small but mighty: Beans’ treasured role in agriculture (Part 1)

The humble bean has been fundamental to meeting agricultural, nutritional, and cultural needs of the societies that have grown them. We're giving you an in-depth look at the evolution of beans.
Flor de Junio recipes by Primary Beans

Flor de Junio recipes

A growing collection of all our favorite Flor de Junio bean recipes in one place: Frijoles de la olla, No-fail refried beans, Summer taco salad, Sofia and Francisco's enfrijoladas, and more.
Pasta e fagioli recipe with Primary Beans Cranberry beans

Pasta e fagioli

With as many variations as there are bean varieties, this Italian favorite is the perfect way to show off brothy beans in all their glory. Literally "pasta and beans," the only other ingredients you need are...
Baked beans with greens, dill, and yogurt recipe with Primary Beans Alubia beans

Baked beans with greens, dill, and yogurt

For those of you who love one-dish dinners that don't compromise on complexity of flavor, this one’s for you. Inspired by Greece’s way with beans, this recipe uses a traditional technique...
Espinacas con garbanzos recipe with Primary Beans Chickpeas

Espinacas con garbanzos

Typically served as a tapa, this lovely stew of chickpeas (aka garbanzos), spinach, garlic, smoked paprika, and homemade croutons will surely make you nostalgic about that last time you traveled...
Bayo bean recipes by Primary Beans

Bayo bean recipes

A growing collection of Primary Beans' favorite Bayo bean recipes in one place: Summer taco salad, No-fail refried beans, Enrique Olvera's pozole (with beans), and more.
Pressure cooker rajma recipe by Primary Beans

Pressure cooker rajma

This iconic North Indian bean stew is the ultimate comfort food. Like a classic chili, the beans are coated with a rich, heavily spiced, tomato-ey sauce. And, it is practically made for the electric pressure cooker.
White bean spread recipe with Primary Beans Cannellini beans

Garlicky white bean spread

This creamy spread has it all: it’s classy and decadent, but also crazy simple and nourishing. We love the complexity of flavors that comes from the roasted garlic...
Botanica’s bean tartine recipe by Primary Beans

Botanica’s bean tartine with sage-pistachio pesto

This stunning recipe comes from Botanica, one of Los Angeles’s leading vegetable-forward restaurants. Primary Beans and Botanica partnered up for a 10-day food festival...