Beans & Legumes
Making your own beans from scratch is relatively straightforward, but when you don’t have hours to spend soaking and simmering, canned beans come to the rescue every time. They’re versatile, nutritious, and delicious—especially when you doctor them up with items from your pantry. A basic chickpea salad can soar to new heights when you toss the beans with extra virgin olive oil, minced shallot, and lots of fresh herbs. Mash up black beans for an easy side or dip, just simmer them with fresh cilantro, chili powder, a pinch of cayenne, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Once you start relying on canned beans, you’ll find all sorts of ways to use them in your daily cooking routine. Keep reading for more tips, plus our favorite brands and recipes.
Top Canned Beans Brands
Before you get cooking, read up on our top canned beans brands.
Before it became a packaged food brand, Westbrae Natural was a grocery store. In the 1970s, customers could find organic fruits, homemade granola, and baked goods. By the 1980s, favorite products like soups, beans, and vegetables were packaged up to share with families across the country.
When a married couple got home from work and had a hard time getting dinner on the table quickly, they decided to do something about it. Named after their daughter, Amy’s makes it easy to enjoy a wholesome meal at home, even when things get hectic. Choose from chili, soup, lentil stews, and more comforting options.
If you haven’t tried brami, also known as lupini beans, you’re missing out on a great source of plant-based protein. This Italian legume includes protein, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and more nutrients to round out your diet. Brami beans are sprouted before packaging, making them easier to digest, and the plants are natural pest repellents and use less water than other crops.
Best Canned Beans
No matter your diet, canned beans are a great option to include. Here are some of the best canned beans available.
Brami Chili Lime Lupini Snack
Packed in a pouch instead of a can (for easier snacking), this legume has a bit of a kick thanks to jalapeño but the lime helps cool it down. With 7 grams of protein per serving, it’s a snack you can feel good about noshing on.
Amy’s Organic Refried Beans
Perfectly seasoned and ready for dinner, this can of organic refried beans makes a great dip or side dish. The beans are cooked with onions, garlic, and spices. To serve, just simmer on the stove for a few minutes (add a splash of water to loosen things up, if needed) to warm through.
Westbrae Natural Organic Lentils
No need to cook green lentils yourself, just open a can of organic legumes from Westbrae Natural. Add them to curry, build a solid veggie burger base, toss them into salads, or use to top a toasted crostini. The possibilities are endless!
Organic Canned Beans
For organic canned beans, take your pick. The Thrive Market virtual shelves are filled with lots of options to choose from.
Westbrae Natural Organic Chili Beans
A medley of kidney, pinto, and black beans makes a filling trio. Westbrae Natural fills its can with only organic beans, water, and sea salt, so you can either enjoy them as-is, or add your favorite spices. Each serving offers 5 grams of fiber, plus iron and protein, making these beans ideal for vegan and vegetarian diets.
Amy’s Organic Refried Black Beans
This can of low-sodium refried black beans makes it simple to add a protein-rich side to your dinner table. Simmered with cilantro, garlic, onion, and spices, these beans are ready to spice up your night.
Thrive Market Organic Garbanzo Beans
Garbanzo beans are well suited for a range of cuisines. From Moroccan tagines to Mediterranean salads and dips, they’re the perfect addition to your table. For each ½ cup serving, you’ll also enjoy iron, calcium, protein, and vitamin C.
Easy Canned Bean Recipes
Having a handful of canned bean recipes at the ready makes meal prep even easier.
”Cream” of Tomato Soup Recipe
We put cream in quotations because this soup recipe is completely dairy-free. Instead, it relies on chickpeas to add that signature silkiness.
Creamy Hummus With Avocado Oil Recipe
A classic hummus recipe will see you through potlucks, mezze platter-inspired meals, or afternoon snack sessions. This recipe combines chickpeas with avocado oil and silky tahini for the perfect spread every time.
Black Beans vs. Pinto Beans
This post makes it easy to compare black beans versus pinto beans and decide which to use in your next recipe.