What kind of beans are navy beans?

Are you ready to dive into the world of navy beans? Whether you’re an experienced cook or just looking for something new to spice up your pantry, learning about these little powerhouses is sure to impress your friends and family.

Getting Started with Navy Beans

Navy beans are a type of white bean that’s smaller than some other varieties like cannellini. They got their name because they were commonly used as a food source on ships in the early 20th century. Bet you never expected deliciousness could be associated with such an unappetizing image!

Nutritional Value

Like many types of legumes, navy beans pack a nutritional punch. Here’s what you can expect to find inside:

Nutrient Amount
Calories 225
Protein 15g
Dietary fiber 19g
Calcium 128mg
Magnesium 90mg

Impressive, right? You’ll also get vitamins B6 and C along with various minerals including potassium, manganese, and copper! All these benefits from one small bean- who needs magic when we have science on our side?

Cooking with Navy Beans

If all this talk about nutrition has bean making you hungry (puns intended), let’s talk cooking tips! Navy beans work great in any dish where a soft texture is desired—like soups or stews—or pureed into dips or spreads.

The easiest way to prepare dried navy beans at home is by soaking them overnight before cooking them according to standard instructions… but if canned convenience sounds like more your style then do not fret; drained and rinsed canned navy beans works just perfectly!

Looking for inspiration? Try adding them into salads (ninja move #1) as they complement acidic dressings very well, throw them into a pot of classic homemade chili (ninja move #2) or even make some delectable navy bean hummus (ninja move #3). The possibilities are endless!

Where Do Navy Beans Come From?

Navy beans were grown in both the United States and England by the mid-19th century, but exact origins are unclear. What is known is that they’re now cultivated around the world—including Canada, China, France and Argentina.

Their versatility makes them ideal for dishes across cuisines from Mediterranean to Central American. This little guy really does know how to impress a crowd!

Dishes That Use Navy Beans

Of course, there’s nothing quite like tasting these magical beans with your own mouth- here are a few delicious recipe ideas:

White Chicken Chili

A sophisticated twist on traditional tomato-based chili (so basic!), this hearty version features shredded chicken breast and—of course—lotsa’ navy beans.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces

  • Salt & pepper

  • 1 chopped onion

  • 4 finely minced garlic cloves

Ingredient Amount
Ground cumin 1 teaspoon
Ground coriander seed 2 teaspoons
  • 29oz can cannellini beans
  • 30 oz can of navy/jazz/blanco/anyyyy white bean variety you have
  • Ground oregano – ½teaspoon
  • Cilantro leaves – 10 sprigs
  • Lime juice (freshly squeezed) – from one large lime
  • Sour cream/chipotle hot sauce/corn tortilla chips/bread & cheese for serving!

Creamy Tomato Soup With Navy Bean Croutons

Don’t let its simplicity fool you; this soup packs a flavorful punch, and the navy bean croutons add crunch and depth to this classic recipe.


  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • Salt & pepper
  • Vegetable stock – as needed (about 3 cups)
    |Heavy cream – ½ cup |
    |Navy beans – 1 can drained & rinsed |

Tex-Mex Salad With Navy Beans

Mix up your salad routine with this spicy Tex-Mex version featuring—what else?—navy beans. Perfect for lunchtime or dinner and packed full of nutritious goodness!


Ingredient Amount
Romaine lettuce 6 ounces chopped
  • 15oz black beans
  • 15oz navy/jazz/blanco/anyyyy white bean variety you have
  • Ground cumin – ½teaspoon
  • Ground chili powder– ¨c teaspoon
  • Olive oil -¼cup
  • Lime juice (freshly squeezed) from one large lime
  • Salt & Pepper


Now that you know everything there is to know about these unassuming white legumes, give them a try! Whether you’re using them in traditional recipes like soups or branching out into salads or hummus dips (ninja move #4) they’ll provide nutrition, flavor and versatility all at once- talk about multitasking. Go ahead; get creative with it- I assure you there’s nothing quite like flavour creation starring you by including navy beans!

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