If you like to keep your house well stocked with delicious meal starters, you’ve got your jar of Randall Deluxe Pinto Beans, Great Northern White Beans or Mixed Beans stowed away, waiting for a great recipe. While bean soup or other main dishes are great, you want to let the beans be the backup singers this time. What’s the best meat to pair your beans with? What goes with pinto beans and what goes with white beans? Are they interchangeable? We’ve got all the answers to your bean recipes.

Pinto Beans

Pinto beans have the most robust flavor of any of our beans. Because they’re so often paired with heavy spices like cumin and chile powder, they stand up well to darker, more flavorful meats, especially when grilled. Try pairing pinto beans spiced with bacon and a little maple syrup with a thick steak, or make classic ranch beans to serve alongside some good-old-fashioned barbecue pork, fresh from the smoker.

Great Northern White Beans

Our white beans are like a blank canvas. They can absorb nearly any flavor you put up against them. Because they are more delicate in flavor than pinto beans, try them with lighter meats to craft fresh and filling meals. It’s a no-brainer to pair Great Northern beans with ham and pork, but try cooking your white beans with a little rosemary and putting them with grilled chicken for a smoky, delicious dish. Or add roasted tomatoes and serve them as a bed for a roast leg of lamb for a Greek-inspired dish everyone will love.

Mixed Beans

Mixed beans are the wild card. With so many different kinds of beans in one jar, mixed beans are a great chance to develop some fantastic flavor. Why not try these beans all by themselves as a protein base to a tasty dish? Spice them up Indian style with curry and serve them on a bed of jasmine rice and some naan bread. Or toss them in a honey and cider vinegar vinaigrette and put them alongside a classic burger.

What do you pair your beans with?

Ready to start planning your picnic? Just don’t forget the Randall Beans! Check your local grocery store or if you can’t find them you can always have these delicious beans in a jar shipped straight to you from our online store.

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