A popular, firm bean with a dark red skin and a full-bodied flavor. Considered the world’s second most important bean (behind the soybean). Popular in “chili con carne” (chili with meat), soups, and salads.

Kidney beans or red beans resemble the shape of a kidney. Kidney beans are often used in Louisiana Creole cooking or when making chili. Kidney beans come in different varieties such as Montcalm, Wells Red, Geneva, and New York.

plural: kidney beans

Season: available year-round

How to select: Kidney beans can be bought dry or canned, and are available in most grocery stores.

Substitutions: kidney beans = pink beans = pinto beans = red beans

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