Sunday, May 2, 2010

Crockpot Lima Beans

I need your help here. I can't figure out what the difference is between green lima beans (ewww) and dried lima beans (YUM!) Because as God is my witness, I shall never let green lima beans cross my lips and by His same witness, I shall love dried lima beans until the day I die and (hopefully) cross through the pearly gates into that big bean pot in the sky. I mean, are they the same thing, only one is the dried version of the other? Like grapes/raisins? Cement/concrete? Young Liz Taylor/Old Liz Taylor? Someone with some gardening knowledge, please help me here because curiosity is killing my cat.

To know me is to know that I'm a huge fan of foods high in fiber and a serving of this particular lima bean dish delivers a whopping seven grams and that's not even accounting for the additional fiber that is included in with the vegetables. With summer picnic/potluck season approaching, this would be a great take along dish and it's sweet and spicy flavors will complement almost any barbeque entree.

Crockpot Baby Lima Beans

1 pound dried baby lima beans, rinsed, soaked and cooked per package instructions
2 TBSP olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 (14 oz) can chicken or beef broth
1 (14 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 TBSP tomato paste
2 TBSP cumin
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more depending on your taste buds' heat preference)
2-3 TBSP brown sugar
2-3 TBSP maple syrup

Place cooked lima beans in crockpot.

In large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper. Season with salt and pepper and saute until onions become translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add minced garlic and saute for another minute or two. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook for two minutes, stirring frequently, then add broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and stir until mixture is smooth. Add mixture to beans in crockpot. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover crockpot and simmer on low for 4-5 hours. Add additional salt and pepper if needed.

Serve with sour cream and chive garnish or with shredded Monterey jack or pepper jack cheese.


Nanan said...

OK - I will eat all your green baby limas and you eat all the dry ones I don't like!!!! I think the green baby ones have a sweetness whereas the dry ones have a starchiness. Kinda like the opposite of bananas. I love green bananas because they are starchy - NOT sweet - when they turn brown and sweet - I no longer like them... Did I confuse you yet? All I know is I will only eat the sweet baby gree ones - because I like the sweetness.

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

I like the sweet green ones too...but a lot of people hate them!

Julie said...

This looks delicious! I am not sure I knew there were dried limas? I haven't had the green ones in years. That was a vegie from childhood for sure.

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Love this recipe and they look absolutely delicious! Love the photos.

June said...

Never cooked with dried lima beans because I just assumed they would be like the green variety which I think are yuckers! I'll have to give this a try though I'm thinkin' I could use any dried bean, right?

Mags said...

JuneyB: You could try another dried bean, maybe great northern? The cooked dried lima beans make for a really creamy dish so you wouldn't want to use black beans or kidney beans.

Moogie said...

Mags, What a domestic Diva you've become. And to think, I knew you when....

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I really have no idea! Must be? I always thought so. I can't believe - my verification word is 'maggable'! I will have to think, are my recipes 'maggable'!

Maria said...

I don't think I have ever made lima beans. I better give them a try!

msmeanie said...

Hmm...yeah, I'm not sure why the dried version would be so much better. But heck, let's just accept it and not question it. :) These beans look amazing. I saw the pic on foodgawker and came over right away. Love the cute little pots you put them in too!

Striving Bean said...

Good question re: the difference between Green lima beans and dried lima beans. It might just be a difference in bean variety, or perhaps the dried lima beans are really considered to be butter beans. Great research topic!

Your recipe looks fabulous - I'd like to give it a try!

Lyndsey said...

I thought the same way June did. I don't think I would use dried lima beans because I really don't like green lima beans. Never searched them out before! Interesting!

Rosemary & Garlic said...

first brussel sprouts, now lima beans, what's next? liver?

Mags said...

Anne Marie: You'd best be minding your P's and Q's or I might just make my next post about tofu!