Different Beans, Different Flavors
Beans are as different as they are alike; each variety has its own color, texture and taste. Substituting one bean for another gives a recipe many possibilities.
Black Beans: give an earthy, smoky flavor. Go well with other beans, but give off a grayish color.
Red Kidney: Not always dark red; can be pink or brown. Sometimes sold as chili beans.
Split Peas: called field peas when whole. Grown specifically for drying, they come in yellow or green.
Yellow Eye: Also called cowpea; when the "eye is black, called black eyed peas.
Pinto: turn pink when cooked; most often used in Tex Mex recipes. Somewhat bland, they're a good addition to recipes whose ingredients provide extra flavor.
Ansazi: Sweet and mealy; a true old time bean, sometimes hard to find. But worth it.
Navy: because of the long baking time needed for making baked beans, it's best to use navy beans rather than white kidney beans. Their firmer texture holds up better
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