The best canned beans are hearty, packed with protein, and perfect for a quick and easy meal. Canned beans can be good enough to make you completely forget that dried beans even exist. From seasoned black beans you can simply open up and pour over rice to baked beans for your summertime BBQs, these are all the best beans we’ve tried in our taste tests here at Sporked. With the help of these canned beans, you can whip up a healthy snack, dinner, or even dessert (hello, white bean blondies) in no time.
- A Dozen Cousins Cuban Black Beans
These Cuban-style black beans are the best black beans we’ve tasted (and we’ve tasted a lot of black beans). If you’re looking for beans that are meal-ready with literally no prep involved, these are the beans you should be buying. They’re seasoned without being too salty and you actually get the flavor of peppers, garlic, onion, and cumin. Each bean is creamy yet firm. Put these over rice and you have an ideal weeknight dinner. They may not be the best canned beans but only because they come in a packet instead of a can.
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- Cento Ceci Beans
We’re chickpea freaks around here. Give us some drained and rinsed garbanzo beans, and we’ll eat them by the handful. Trust us when we say that these are the best canned chickpeas. They’re perfectly cooked and great whether you’re blending them into homemade hummus, scooping them onto a salad, or stirring them into a stew. Keep these stocked in your pantry and you will never be at a loss for protein.
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- Trader Joe’s Traditional Style Fat Free Refried Beans
Refried beans are some of the best canned beans. These Trader Joe’s refried beans are no exception. Yes, they’re fat free, but trust us, they taste full of fat (as any good refried bean should). They’re so creamy and delicious and rich. Slap these on a tortilla and that’s lunch! We’ve been known to eat these out of the can with a spoon without even heating them up.
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- O Organics Cannellini Beans
O Organics, a brand sold at Albertsons-owned grocery stores, can be hit or miss for us, but these cannellini beans are a huge hit. They’re super creamy and tender; these are the best canned beans for a stew or white chili, but they’d also be great blended into a dip. Plus, they’re organic!
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- Goya Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans
When we taste tested kidney beans, a lot of brands had good qualities—some were organic, others were low sodium, some were beautifully intact and ready to be dumped into a pot of chili for a long, slow simmer. Welp, these Goya kidney beans have all that, plus a nice, creamy center. If chili is on the menu, these are the best canned beans you can buy.
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- Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans
If you are hosting a BBQ and you aren’t serving baked beans, you are doing it wrong. First of all, they’re so easy to make—dump, heat, and eat, baby, unlike other sides you have to actual prepare. But best of all? They taste so good! These Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory beans, in particular. They’re sweet, they’re tangy, they’re a little tomatoey—these are tasty enough to make beans and franks feel fancy. They’re the best canned beans for an easy dinner side—and they’re vegetarian to boot.
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- Goya Pinto Beans
If you’re a big bean queen, you’re gonna love these Goya pinto beans. They’re huge, and they also happen to pack lots of flavor. According to Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling, these beans taste like they were simmered in broth. That’s how flavorful they are. Whether you’re making you’re own refritos or just adding these to soup, these are going to make everything a little better.
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