Here's your guide to common bean types and the best recipes for them

Bianca Sanchez

Every witch in every storybook town covets or collects beans for good reason. Year-round, these magical pantry staples can be put to use in everything from soups and salads to chilis, burritos or smoothies. Knowing what to make with the beans in your possession can be tricky. So, allow us to introduce you to four common sorts and recommend 20 easy recipes you can make at home with your stock of special beans.