More Butter Beans Please!

Updated on July 26, 2016

An Acquired Taste

It was a typical late summer Indiana evening. The sun hung low in the sky, glowing like a red rubber ball. Locusts were shrieking their evening news; tomorrow was going to be a scorcher. The neighborhood gang was hard at play trying to get in one last round of kickball. No one wanted to quit to run home for supper.

I purposefully cheered others on so that they kept engaged and forgot about the time. Today was Wednesday and this was leftover day at home. Worse, it was my mother's attempt to serve "healthy" foods hoping we would find them appealing. On occasion, the offering was butter beans. Served plain, seasoned with pepper and salt, topped with plenty of onion. Ugh!

Over the years, due to my hubby's love of butter beans, I learned to tolerate them. Not love them, just a general acceptance of this food. Like spinach, it was a gradual acquired taste for me.

Over a cup of tea last week, a friend and I shared recipe ideas our families found delicious -- nutritious, yes, but hidden from sight. I copied her recipe for maple bacon butter beans, thinking it might just be a win for both my hubby and I. I found it mouth-watering and scrumptious! I can't express how wonderfully the flavors mingle in your mouth. Trust me -- if you have kids, they will be asking for seconds!

This recipe blends the nutty taste of beans and sweetness of maple quite nicely.
This recipe blends the nutty taste of beans and sweetness of maple quite nicely. | Source

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A Little Bean Background

These beans are known for helping a body to lower cholesterol intake and adding fiber to a diet. They are known as a protein food and a great substitute for meats such as chicken and beef. The low fat content also makes them a great alternative to the higher cuts of marbled, red meat items.

Generally, they are rinsed, sometimes soaked in baking soda, and boiled for eating. Stir fry them with onion, peppers, a little seasoning and you have a delectable side dish. Butter beans make a great vegetarian meal when used as the main ingredient in soup. Used right out of the can, these legumes can make any salad a tasty meal.


The Basics

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It doesn't take much to make this recipe. Most people have these items on hand in their kitchen.I try to use organic foods ingredients, but standard items will do nicely. The tomato taste compliments the maple flavoring.
It doesn't take much to make this recipe. Most people have these items on hand in their kitchen.
It doesn't take much to make this recipe. Most people have these items on hand in their kitchen. | Source
I try to use organic foods ingredients, but standard items will do nicely. The tomato taste compliments the maple flavoring.
I try to use organic foods ingredients, but standard items will do nicely. The tomato taste compliments the maple flavoring.
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves four to six

Baked Maple Bacon Butter Beans

  • 1/2 cup Sweet Onion, Slice thinly
  • 2 slices Bacon, Finely chopped
  • 2 cans Butter Beans, 14-15 oz. drained
  • 3/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Chipotle Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/2 cup Tomato, Diced
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 inch pan with olive oil cooking spray or coat with olive oil (about 1 teaspoon). Cut a garlic clove in half and smear the bottom and edges of pan with cut side. Discard.
  2. Preheat large saute pan (Using a cast iron pan will add to the home made taste) for 2 - 3 minutes. Place cut bacon in pan; cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until browned.
  3. Add onions; cook 3-4 minutes, stir occasionally, cook until tender and lightly browned.
  4. Stir beans, ketchup, syrup, diced tomato, and seasonings into bacon mixture; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  5. Transfer mixture to the baking dish, cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes.
  6. Remove foil. Bake 5 more minutes or until top begins to brown. Serve.
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Make sure you saute the bacon lightly before adding the rest of the ingredients. Transfer the mixture into a 8 or 9 inch baking dish. The garlic smeared on the sides will add to the taste. The finished product.  You can almost taste the goodness!
Make sure you saute the bacon lightly before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Make sure you saute the bacon lightly before adding the rest of the ingredients. | Source
Transfer the mixture into a 8 or 9 inch baking dish. The garlic smeared on the sides will add to the taste.
Transfer the mixture into a 8 or 9 inch baking dish. The garlic smeared on the sides will add to the taste. | Source
The finished product.  You can almost taste the goodness!
The finished product. You can almost taste the goodness! | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/6 recipe
Calories 220
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 42 g14%
Sugar 25 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 5 mg2%
Sodium 890 mg37%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Pole Beans

If you are looking to add food items to your garden, pole beans are an excellent choice as they are full of rich nutrients and vitamins for the body. Introducing them early to children will give them a head start in keeping healthy, building their immune system.

The video below demonstrates how to plant them in a home garden environment or greenhouse. It also shares a little on the history of butter beans and their value to any meal. I have listed the main minerals and vitamins below for your reference. I hope you try the recipe; and if you do, let me know how it turned out. Enjoy!

Greenhouse Butter Beans

Minerals & Vitamins (1/2 cup serving)

Item
Benefit
 
Calories
Just 130 grams produces 130 calories.
 
Carbs
17 grams
 
Fiber
4 grams
 
Zinc
10% daily value
 
Iron
10% daily value
 
Magnesium
15% of daily value
 
Vitamin B
1% of daily value
 

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      • teaches12345 profile image
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        Dianna Mendez 2 months ago

        Friend bacon and cabbage, I will have to try it. Who doesn't love a fresh garden tomato? I would add that to any dish! Thanks for coming by here, Jackie.

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        Jackie Lynnley 2 months ago from The Beautiful South

        I did try this and it was very good. Another one I found at Facebook with the fried bacon and cabbage added to it was so good too. I guess bacon just makes anything better, doesn't it?

        I am hearing it is not so bad for you either as once thought, but still I leave very little of the grease, just enough for flavor.

        I allow myself bacon gravy with fresh sliced tomatoes once every summer and I am looking forward to that!

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        Dianna Mendez 6 months ago

        Nadine, Chitrangada, Catherine, glad you ladies enjoy this recipe idea. I have a can of beans sitting on my kitchen self ready to use this week. Thanks for coming by to remind me.

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        Nadine May 6 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

        What a great tip: These beans are known for helping a body to lower cholesterol intake and adding fiber to a diet. I will now value these beans a lot more. Thanks for the recipe.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Came back to read this interesting recipe once again. Very well written, with helpful pictures and nice video.

        I had prepared this recipe as per your instructions and it came out really well.

        Thanks for sharing!

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        Catherine Giordano 6 months ago from Orlando Florida

        I eat beans fairly regularly, but not butter beans. No reason. They are just not in my repertoire. I will have to pick up a can later today when I go shopping. What do you like to serve this recipe with?

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        Dianna Mendez 8 months ago

        Ann, glad you enjoyed the recipe idea. It is one of my husband's favorite meals.

        Fiona, I will have to try them in stew. Thanks for coming by here today.

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        Ann Carr 8 months ago from SW England

        Sounds delicious! I love butter beans though many people I know are not keen. I'll keep a copy of this recipe and try it out. I know I'll like it but a couple of the grandchildren are very fussy so we'll see!

        Thanks for sharing this.

        Ann

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        Fiona 13 months ago from South Africa

        I am looking forward to trying your butterbean recipe - I usually just add them into stew.

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        Dianna Mendez 18 months ago

        Thank you, MinneTonka, Don, and RTalloni for your visit here and supportive comments. I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I love making it for my family.

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        Linda Rogers 18 months ago from Minnesota

        NUMMY! I love butter beans and their so healthy and good for you. Good source of protein and fiber. Thanks for the delicious recipe my friend. By the way, why isn't their a twitter icon her anymore?

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        Don Bobbitt 19 months ago

        Butter Beans as well as Lima Beans were a regular dish on our table when I was growing up. And, my wife and I still make a pot of them occasionally.

        I remember several of our uncles and aunts were farmers, when I was young, and they would "can' both of these great sources of protein.

        And, of course, they would always stop by our house with a few jars of each several times a year.

        DON

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        RTalloni 19 months ago from the short journey

        Oh yum! This recipe is going to be on our Thanksgiving table. So looking forward to trying it out! Thanks, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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        Dianna Mendez 20 months ago

        Text123, if you try it once you may just be hooked for life! Keep eating those yummy beans.

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        Dianna Mendez 20 months ago

        Hello Exploring! I only wish I would have known how good they were when I was young. Soup beans sound good right now. As always, you bring a smile to my day when you visit.

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        lex123 20 months ago

        I love butter beans. Your recipe sounds yummy, must try once.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

        I grew up loving butter beans. Homemade soup needs butter beans to make it really good. I like your recipe. Thanks for sharing..

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        Dianna Mendez 20 months ago

        Chef or not, this recipe is simple to make and always a win at any meal. Thanks for your humorous comment, Linda. I am happy to hear of someone else who likes butter beans.

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        Linda Bilyeu 21 months ago from Orlando, FL

        Yum! Butter Beans are one of my favorite. When I grow up I hope to cook as well as you do. Or have my own chef. Either is fine.

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        Dianna Mendez 21 months ago

        Hi Audrey, sorry it took me awhile to get to your comment. I drained mine a little because I wanted to cover the beans with the sauce. Generally, if I cooked them plain, I will leave the liquid in for flavor. However, I recommend buying a brand that is either organic or with natural ingredients. I am going to try to make these again this week as well. Thanks for your support -- enjoy those beans!

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        Audrey Hunt 21 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Dianna -

        I'm back again with a question. Once in a great while I eat butter beans from the can. Should I rinse the beans, draining the liquid from the can? I prefer a little liquid but not if it's harmful. (I eat butter beans 3-4 times a week )

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        Dianna Mendez 21 months ago

        I am making this butter bean recipe this week as well. My hubby enjoys the dish but I love it! So glad you tried it and liked it, Audrey. Enjoy your next family dinner serving this one.

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        vocalcoach 22 months ago

        Hi Dianna

        I tried your recipe today and was it ever delicious! I absolutely love butter beans. I usually just cook them with a little onion and seasoning but your recipe was such a big hit I promised my family plenty more for dinner. Thanks so much and sharing.

        Audrey

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        Dianna Mendez 22 months ago

        Deb, my hubby would agree with you on having them plain. I myself can tolerate them as such but this recipe really makes them come alive for me. Enjoy your evening and have some butter beans on me.

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        Dianna Mendez 22 months ago

        Shauna, I thought the same thing about the syrup but it does add to the flavor. I use organic pure syrup in my recipe for the healthier version. Hope you enjoy it when you try it.

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        Dianna Mendez 22 months ago

        Peggy, it is a recipe most people would enjoy, even those with particular tastes. I may have to make this recipe again soon.

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        Dianna Mendez 22 months ago

        Diana, I would love to see your recipe for sweet and sour sauce. I can use another great meal idea for this legume!

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        Deb Hirt 22 months ago

        This is a good reminder to have some butter beans, which I really do love. I just like them with salt, pepper, and a little butter. Guess I'm just a weird sort!

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        Shauna L Bowling 22 months ago from Central Florida

        I love butter beans. Lima beans, too. I never do much to them other than add butter, salt and pepper. I'm sure bacon would be good in them too, but I'm not so sure about the maple syrup.

        Great recipe article. You added a lot of character and interest to your recipe.

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        Diana Abrahamson 22 months ago

        I really enjoy butter beans. Eat them with our barbecues. Also make a sweet and sour sauce for them.

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        Peggy Woods 22 months ago

        I like just about any kind of bean and know how healthy they are for us to consume. Your recipe certainly sounds like it would entice any child...or adult for that matter...to give butter beans a try! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        ChitrangadaSharan, I think beans round out any meal. They are so good for the body. I hope you enjoy this recipe idea. Have a great week, dear friend.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

        This sounds delicious and easy to prepare!

        I do cook beans very quite often but this is different. And I like variety. I am sure it would come out really tasty.

        Thanks for sharing the recipe in this well presented hub!

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Peach, I'll take that compliment and thank you. It means much to me coming from another writer. Maybe I should make it a novel.... The butter bean mystery!

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        peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

        Wonderful recipe but i must admit that i love your hub opening paragraph.

        It sounds like reading a new chapter if a mystery book

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Ms Dora, I have to consider the value of nutrition for our bodies when I eat these beans. Always a plus when you eat veggies. Your visit was refreshing!

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Jackie, I thought the same about this recipe idea. It will be a nice side dish for special days. Have a blessed day, dear lady.

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Alicia, I now realize lots of people love these beans. Glad to know you are one of the elite with great taste! As for me, I hope to get there one day. Enjoy the recipe.

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        Dora Weithers 23 months ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks for the recipe (no bacon for me). I like butter beans too. The nutritional value is a plus.

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        Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

        Well I already love butter beans but I will have to try this recipe too. It does sound fantastic and something special to fix now and then. Thank you.

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        Linda Crampton 23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This recipe sounds like it could be delicious, Dianna. I enjoy spicy food. I have to admit that I didn't know what butter beans were and had to do some research. I discovered that they are also called Lima beans, which made me very happy about your recipe. I love Lima beans in any form!

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Pop, butter beans in this recipe wins for me -- otherwise, it's up for grabs! Glad you stopped by today. Enjoy the rest of the evening, dear friend.

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Larry, I love a man who says it like it is! Butter beans are great! Be well and safe.

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Paula, you and I had similar childhood experiences with veggies. I am thankful my mother forced to try a variety of them. Today, I benefit from the good health outlook. Your simple recipe sounds good and one I will try next time I serve these beans. Yes, we called them lima beans in the Midwest.

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Nell, you are so precious! I would not eat them ever if it were not for my hubby. Thank God I found this recipe that is so yummy!

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Bill, I am thrilled with your comment on the opening to this post. Coming from you, I feel like I just earned an A+! Yes, try the beans next year. I'm sure you will reap baskets full.

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Rajan, I think this recipe would do nicely without the bacon. The tomato-maple base is what holds it together. I appreciate your feedback.

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Jodah, like you, I learned to love veggies as I grew older. If you like bacon, this is a must try. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Diana, glad you like these beans. I didn't realize they were so versatile until I started looking at recipes. Good to know! You take care and enjoy your evening.

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        Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

        Flourish, you have my admiration on loving these beans as they are. Some day I hope to be able to eat them right off the vine! Have a day.

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        breakfastpop 23 months ago

        I love butter beans and just recently tasted pole beans. For me, butter beans win.

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        Larry Rankin 23 months ago from Oklahoma

        I like butter beans.

        Great read.

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        Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Dianna, Growing up, my mother served a lot of veggies and all different kinds of veggies. In our particular area, butter beans were called Lima beans. I remember years ago when someone referred to them as butter beans, I had to look up what the difference was. LOL I found out they are one and the same veggie but called butter or lima, depending on the area of the country you live. I do love them! I have to appreciate being introduced to all veggies as a child because they're so healthy for us.

        I'm happy with butter/lima beans cooked with a bit of olive oil or real butter (or a little of both) salt & pepper & a dash of garlic powder. Your recipe sounds yummy and I will try it. I'm sure I'll love it and it will be nice for a change of pace! Thanks.....Paula

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        Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

        I have never ever tried butter beans, but after reading this I think I will go find some! lol! thanks for the recipe, I will come back when I have bought some. we don't tend to use them over here.

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        Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I like the personal touch to this food article. Nicely-written, Dee! We grow pole beans every summer but have never tried butter beans. Thanks for the suggestion for next year.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 23 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        Nice recipe. Never tried these beans. Maybe I should minus the bacon as I do not eat meat.. Thanks for the recipe.

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        John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I wouldn't say I love butter beans, but I do like them as I do most vegetable (though not as a child). This recipe looks and sounds delicious and I think it will be on the have to try list.

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        John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I wouldn't say I love butter beans, but I do like them as I do most vegetable (though not as a child). This recipe looks and sounds delicious and I think it will be on the have to try list.

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        Diana Abrahamson 23 months ago

        Butter beans are are a favourite. They are so versatile too!

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        FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

        I love butter beans cooked any which way. They're one of the few vegetables I love without reservation. I'll have to try your recipe. Looking forward to it.

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