Eden Organic Small Red BeansThese petite legumes marry well with Asian ingredients (think miso and soy). And no added salt means that they’re lower in sodium than other brands.To buy: $2 for 15 ounces, at natural-food stores.Featured March 2014
Nicento Cannellini BeansAlso known as white kidney beans, these mild-flavored picks are firm yet creamy (unlike some chalky competitors) and are just right for a tomato-and-sausage stew.To buy: $2 for 19 ounces, at supermarkets.
Goya Butter BeansThese southern favorites stood out for their rich flavor and meaty texture, besting the bland alternatives. Try them stirred—or even mashed—with butter alongside steak au poivre.To buy: $1.30 for 15.5 ounces, at supermarkets.
Market Pantry Black BeansNutrient-dense and family-friendly, these are essential for taco night. The thin skins and the not-too-starchy texture made them the clear choice in this crowded category.To buy: 80 cents for 15.5 ounces, Target.
Allens Dark Red Kidney BeansThese plump beans were intact and tender throughout, but not mushy. The earthy flavor is perfect in a beef chili.To buy: $1.30 for 15.5 ounces, at supermarkets.
Market Pantry Garbanzo BeansSlightly nutty and evenly cooked (unlike the inconsistent competition), these will shine in Coriander Roasted Chicken With Chickpea and Avocado Salad.To buy: 80 cents for 15.5 ounces, Target.
Westbrae Natural Organic Pinto BeansTry these well-seasoned winners (contenders paled in comparison) in bean-and-cheese enchiladas or a loaded vegetable burrito.To buy: $2.50 for 15 ounces, at supermarkets.
Goya Great Northern BeansThe creamiest of the crop, these staple soup beans hold their shape well. They’re also great as a side dish, tossed with olive oil and rosemary.To buy: $1 for 15.5 ounces, at supermarkets.Get Daily Finds via e-mail