Bean recipes

A growing collection of our favorite recipes to enrich your bean palate

French onion beans

French onion beans

Inspired by the beloved soup, this version takes brothy beans, envelops them in beef broth and jammy caramelized onions, and tops it off with crunchy croutons and melty cheese. 

Italian-style beans and greens with Primary Beans Cranberry beans

Italian-style beans and greens

Growing up, this was the ultimate comfort food dish on chilly fall and winter days. Walking into my grandparent's house after school, I could smell the beans simmering away.

Comfort minestrone with Primary Beans

Comfort minestrone

Minestrone has stood the test of time in Italian kitchens for a reason – it's vegetable-heavy yet indulgent and complex. All you need is the veggies you have access to at the moment and a few quality pantry ingredients.

Roasted carrots over Cannellini and hazelnut purée

Roasted carrots over Cannellini and hazelnut purée

If you’re looking for the final puzzle piece for your Thanksgiving spread, this festive recipe from @countercollaborative is for you.

Mole casamiento with delicata

Mole casamiento with delicata

This recipe takes casamiento (Salvadoran rice and beans) to new heights by featuring large, meaty Ayocote Morado beans and red chile-based Mole Coloradito.

Mole bean chili with mushrooms

Mole bean chili with mushrooms

Oaxaca's best-known chocolatey Mole Negro forms the backbone of this dish, enveloping creamy and meaty Ayocote Morado beans.

Habichuelas guisadas with Primary Beans Organic Sangre de Toro beans

Habichuelas guisadas

We teamed up with our favorite Latin American pantry brand, Loisa, to bring you our spin on habichuelas guisadas, classic Puerto Rican stewed red beans with squash.

Beet and bean dip with walnuts and nigella with Primary Beans Organic Cannellini beans

Beet and bean dip with walnuts and nigella

The earthiness of the walnuts contrasts the brighter flavors of lemon and pomegranate molasses, and creamy Cannellini beans tie it all together.

Alubias with rose harissa with Primary Beans Organic Alubia beans

Alubia beans with rose harissa and orange

This dish from @countercollaborative comes together quickly, but makes a big visual impact and is bursting with flavor.

Brown butter sage Cranberry beans with chard

Brown butter sage Cranberry beans with chard

@cookwithjackie pairs tender cranberry beans with a toasty brown butter and sage sauce to enhance the natural nuttiness of the beans and make them Thanksgiving-ready.

Buttery mashed mayocobas with Primary Beans Mayocoba beans

Buttery mashed Mayocobas with parsnips and frizzled rosemary

This festive recipe from @cookwithjackie pairs naturally buttery beans with sweet and peppery parsnips, heavy cream, and spices.

Habichuelas negras recipe with Primary Beans Chaparro beans

Habichuelas negras

We teamed up with our favorite Latin American pantry brand, Loisa, to bring you our spin on habichuelas negras, classic Puerto Rican stewed black beans. 

Alexis deBoschnek's spicy brothy bacony beans with Primary Beans Cranberry beans

Alexis deBoschnek's spicy brothy bacony beans

The real joy of dried beans is much the same as homemade stock: you can make them to suit your tastes. I’m partial to cranberry beans, but this recipe works with nearly any type.

Sheet-pan roasted fennel with Primary Beans Mayocoba beans

Sheet-pan roasted fennel with creamy beans

This sheet-pan meal from @theonlypodge combines savory, roasted fennel and rich, nutty Mayocoba beans, which come together in an unexpected way.

Enchiladas suizas with Primary Beans

Bean and cheese enchiladas suizas

These bean and cheese enchiladas are kid-approved in my household. I love the creamy salsa verde that makes these "suizas," and here, I use beans instead of the traditional shredded chicken.

Baked beans with cherry beans with Primary Beans Organic Alubia beans

Season-bridging baked beans with cherry tomatoes

Here's a bean dish that bridges the summer and fall seasons by featuring nutty beans and blistered cherry tomatoes, baked together with lots of olive oil until bubbly and golden. 

Cannellini bean fritters with roasted poblano yogurt

Cannellini bean fritters with roasted poblano yogurt

This recipe from @cookwithjackie shows there’s nothing more satisfying than crispy, fried food and a flavorful dipping sauce.

Barbounia yiahni with Primary Beans Cranberry beans

Barbounia yiahni

If you like gigantes plaki (baked giant beans), you’ll love this traditional dish with cranberry beans that embodies simplicity at its best.

Baked cannellini beans with lemon and dill with Primary Beans Organic Cannellini beans

Baked cannellini beans with lemon and dill

The most summery and fresh that baked beans can get, loaded with fresh dill and a zingy sauce that envelops the beans.

Shrimp saganaki with Primary Beans Organic Alubia beans

Shrimp saganaki with Alubia beans

A saucy main course featuring shrimp and beans with tomatoes and feta. Add an optional splash of ouzo to the pan for a little extra oomph.

Hoagie-inspired pasta salad with Primary Beans chickpeas

Hoagie-inspired pasta salad with chickpeas

This pasta salad was inspired by our favorite Italian hoagie fix-ins – pepperoncini, salami, cheese, tomato, and fresh herbs. Chickpeas add an extra oomph of texture and nutrition.

Farro and chickpeas with dill-yogurt dressing with Primary Beans Chickpeas

Farro and chickpeas with dill-yogurt dressing

This make-ahead salad is hearty without being heavy, perfect for picnics and hot and active summer days.

Aguachile beans

Aguachile beans

This recipe from @diningwithcourt tastes like summer in a bowl and uses tender beans instead of seafood – a genius spin that's bursting with flavor and texture.

Primary Beans x Hayden Flour Mills tostada with Primary Beans Organic Ojo de Cabra

From-scratch bean tostadas

We teamed up with Hayden Flour Mills to make from-scratch bean tostadas – a kitchen project with minimal lift that can deliver what may be the most flavorful tostadas you've ever had.

Marinated bean salad with Primary Beans Organic Flageolet beans

Marinated bean salad with chicory, feta, and mint

Tender yet firm Flageolet beans and crunchy chicories are the perfect palette for the juicy and bright floral dressing.

Ali Slagle's swordfish with asparagus and Primary Beans Organic Alubia beans

Ali Slagle's swordfish with asparagus & little beans

A summery one-dish meal that you don’t need to overthink.

Ali Slagle's lamb meatball soup with Primary Beans Chickpeas

Ali Slagle's lamb meatball soup (with chickpeas)

Tangy and sinus-clearing like sopa de lima, consomé de barbacoa, and Tex-Mex tortilla soup. 

Chipotle marinated beans with Primary Beans Southwest Gold beans

Chipotle marinated beans

Rae Pellegrino’s take on marinated beans is innovative and addictive, and gives us elevated seven-layer bean dip vibes.

Ultimate BBQ beans

Ultimate BBQ beans

We partnered with our friends at Spicewalla to highlight regional bean varieties and regional BBQ flavors, taken to new heights when paired together. 

Bean and radish salad with tarragon with Primary Beans Organic Flageolet beans

Bean and radish salad with tarragon

The springiest of salads! Delicate Flageolet beans, crunchy radishes, and tender herbs, all come together in a salty and tangy dressing. We like it spooned over crusty bread.

Pasta alla Genovese with Primary Beans Organic Flageolet

Pasta alla Genovese with Flageolet

Pasta alla Genovese, but with a twist. The Flageolet adds a satisfying heartiness and the Fusilli is the ideal pasta shape for holding onto the vibrant green sauce.

Beans al limone with Primary Beans Organic Southwest Gold beans

Beans al limone

Loosely inspired by the beloved dish spaghetti al limone, creamy beans are bathed in a bright sauce bursting with lemon flavor, and topped with fresh ricotta and basil. 

Chicken Basquaise with Primary Beans Flageolet beans

Chicken basquaise with Flageolet

Inspired by Chicken Basquaise – a chicken and pepper stew from the Basque-Pyrenees in southwest France – this one-pan dinner gets the very French addition of Flageolet beans.

Beans au gratin

Beans au gratin

This one pot dish – inspired by the classic potatoes au gratin – hits all the marks: it's creamy, luscious, and delicious; takes no time at all to prepare, and is great for both dinner parties or weeknights.

Classic beef stew (with

Classic beef stew (with "beefy" beans)

We love a good hearty beef stew – so thought, why not add some large, beefy Ayocote Morados to complement the tender beef, soak up all those flavors, and pare down the amount of meat?

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.

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!

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.

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. 

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.

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.