These big, succulent, meaty beans almost need a new name. BeansPlus. BigBeans. BonanzaBeans. They might even be my new favorite bean! Wrap them in a smoky, richly flavored sauce to maximize their impact. If you can’t find these heirloom beans locally, you can order scarlet runner beans or grow your own. Hummingbirds and gardeners love the bright red flowers. You can also make the fabulous chile sauce for pinto beans.
I cooked my first batch in an Instant Pot pressure cooker without soaking and they turned out to be insanely good. Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo recommends soaking them for six to eight hours before cooking. Learn more about soaking beans and cooking them on the stove on my Basic Beans page.