This easy canned butter beans recipe is a creamy and comforting main or side dish! This is a quick vegetarian bean recipe that is easily the best canned butter beans recipe ever!

Most butter bean recipes use some kind of pork. Instead of using meat, this recipe gets plenty of flavor from a good quality vegetable stock and herbs. This makes for a very cheap pantry meal. Add a side salad and some bread and you’ll be full. I believe everyone can learn this simple canned butter beans recipe!

Easy Canned Butter Beans Recipe Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • onion
  • garlic
  • canned large butter beans
  • vegetable soup
  • dried thyme
  • salt + pepper
  • paprika

How to Cook Canned Beans

The great thing about canned beans is that they’re already cooked, so you’re basically just heating them up and adding flavor.

You can definitely make this recipe with cooked dry beans, but I love the convenience of canned beans. I haven’t perfected my dry bean cooking skills, so the taste and texture of canned is always better for me.

This recipe is super easy. A little chopping, a little simmering, and you’re done.

What is the difference between lima beans and butter beans?

No difference. In fact, they are basically the same bean.

Also known as lima beans, butter beans or butter beans, depending on where you live, these beans are delicious and high in protein beans.

They can be prepared almost endlessly and incorporated into dishes. From soups to stews and even in salads, these butter beans are worth incorporating into your meals.

How to Make the Best Canned Butter Beans Recipe? (*The full recipe card is below!)

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

  • 16 ounces fresh butter beans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large Vidalia onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 slices lean bacon
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions for making the best butter beans for this recipe

First, you need to slowly caramelize the Vidalia onions and celery to create a lovely flavor; almost like sugar. This is the key to flavoring the beans so you don’t really need to add any sugar.

Next, you need to simmer the beans in the bacon and vegetable broth until the broth is mostly absorbed. The beans will be soft and soft, almost melt in your mouth. Then serve.


1. What is the use of the canned butter beans recipe?

I grilled these butter beans to perfection as a side dish with our London Grilled Steak and they were perfect. These butter beans will serve as a lovely side to any meat or fish entree.

These butter beans are great and go with so many dishes!

2. How to store butter beans?

It is best to store any leftover butter beans in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can easily reheat them in a frying pan or microwave. You may need to add a drop of water to give them a soft, rich consistency.

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