Medium | Servings: 8 | Ready In: 60 minutes + soaking | Yield: about 4 cups
Giant Peruvian Lima Beans bring hearty, satisfying texture to this vegan recipe. Infused with Spanish flavor from smoked paprika, this gluten-free, fat free recipe is satisfying easy comfort food any night of the week.
- 1 cup dried Giant Lima Beans
- 1 medium sweet onion (like Vidalia or Walla Walla), thinly sliced
- 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
How it’s Done
The day before: Cover the beans with a few inches of water and soak at least 8 hours. Beans will double to triple in size after soaking!
To cook make the Smoky Sweet Braised Giant Lima Beans: In a medium pot, combine the onion and smoked paprika. Cook over medium heat, covered, until the paprika is aromatic and onions start to become translucent. This will take about 7-8 minutes. Drain and rinse the beans. Add the beans, and garlic. Cover with a couple of inches of water. Place a lid on and bring to a boil.
When the beans reach a simmer, skim off any foam — this comes from their gasses — not delicious.
Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, 40-60 minutes, until the beans are starting to fall apart.
Remove the lid during the last minutes of cooking, if needed, to reduce the liquid.
Season with salt and serve.
Yield: About 4 cups
Chef Katie’s Tips:
Short on Time? If you want to speed this up, 2 cans of lima or cannellini beans for the dry beans. This allows you to skip the soaking. Add the beans just as you would above. Then simmer for just 7-8 minutes, until the beans start to fall apart.
Craving some Spice? For an extra kick, add a 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder during the cooking.
Slow-Cooker Method: This is a great recipe for the Slow-Cooker or Instapot. For Slow-Cooker, simply toss everything in, cover with a couple inches of water, and set on LOW for 6-8 hours. For the Instapot or Pressure Cooker, follow the directions for cooking beans that came with the device.
Amount Per Serving (1/8 recipe, about 1/2 cup)
Calories From Fat (7%) 2.98
% Daily Value
- Total Fat 0.36g <1%
- Saturated Fat 0.06g <1%
- Cholesterol 0mg 0%
- Sodium 78.58mg 3%
- Potassium 172.55mg 5%
- Total Carbohydrates 8.17g 3%
- Fiber 1.76g 7%
- Sugar 2.5g
- Protein 1.92g 4%
- Calcium 7.03mg <1%
- Iron 20.3mg 113%
- Vitamin A 607.72IU 12%
- Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Shopping and Gear List
- Lima Beans – Giant Peruvian, Dry – 1 resealable bag – 1 lb
- Artisan Spanish smoked paprika, Pimenton from La Vera region. Hot and Sweet. Set of 2 tins.