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Christmas Lima Beans with Tomato and Celery

Large meaty Christmas lima beans with tomato and celery and garlic is a delicious stew-like vegan dish. My favorite way to serve these beans is over steamed brown rice and sautéed dark leafy greens.

Christmas Lima Beans with Celery and Tomato with rice and greens in white bowl ove

Aren’t these maroon-spotted dried beans beautiful? I found them in the bulk bin at Whole Foods, and right away decided to cook up them up with some tomato and celery. I came right home and covered them in water to soak overnight.

dried christmas lima beans on a wooden board

The recipe is easy. All you do is simmer the soaked beans with onions and garlic and tomatoes and celery until they’re tender. The best and fastest cooking method for Christmas lima beans is in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot.

Christmas limas are huge beans, at least twice the size of a black bean and they do need an overnight soak to come out with a tender texture when cooked.

Christmas lima beans soaking in water in a stainless steel bowl

Christmas lima beans are an hierloom bean with a meaty texture and a nutty flavor. With tomato and celery, this is soul food at it’s finest. For a sumptuous vegetarian meal ladle this soul food stew over steamed brown rice and sautéed dark leafy greens like kale, collards, or spinach.

Sometimes you can find Christmas limas in bulk bins. I order mine fom Rancho Gordo.

To learn more about cooking beans in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot–see this post on How to Cook Black Beans in a pressure cooker.

This recipe for Potato and Pinto Bean Soup would be delicious with Christmas limas in place of the pintos!

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1 comment

  • Lynn Cameron

    Excellent!! Reply · 19 August, 2020

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