Beans, high in protein and high in fiber. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or simply leaning towards more plant-based foods, there is no denying the power of beans. Fibre rich and protein filled, beans are packed with vitamins and minerals. What is even more exciting is that there are many types of beans to choose from so you’ll never get bored.
Dry beans do require an overnight soak (or a quick one-hour soak) but they can easily be prepared in a slow-cooker or electric pressure cooker, giving you plenty of hands off time to attend to other things and come back to a flavourful dish.
Let’s discover 17 different types of beans that will add variety and nutrition to your meals.
17 Types of Beans To Add To Your Repertoire
1. Pinto Beans
These beige-coloured beans are a favourite across Northern Mexico and a staple of Tex-Mex cuisine. Pinto beans have a naturally creamy texture perfect for making refried beans. They are an excellent filling for burritos.
2. Black Beans
Black beans are widely used across central America and Cuba. They are essential to the iconic Cuban dish moros y cristianos (black beans and rice), and are commonplace in dishes along the Yucatán peninsula, Guatemala, and Brazil.