Bonkers For These Beans

A Dozen Cousins Mexican Cowboy Beans.

A Dozen Cousins Mexican Cowboy Beans.

 

For some endeavors, it might take a village.

But to create some deliriously delectable beans? It simply takes A Dozen Cousins.

This new Berkeley company has launched a line of gourmet, ready-to-eat beans with global flavors that will win you over from the first taste.

Ibraheem Basir, a former marketing manager at General Mills who worked on natural foods brands such as Annie’s Homegrown, named the company after his daughter and her 11 cousins.

Made with avocado oil, the beans are non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free. They come in 10-ounce BPA-free, microwaveable pouches that serve two (about 1/2 cup each). They boast 6 to 8 grams of protein per serving and 7 grams of fiber.

They come in handy microwavable packages.

They come in handy microwavable packages.

They are available in three flavors: Mexican Cowboy Beans, Cuban Black Beans, and Trini Chickpea Curry.

I had a chance to try samples recently. The Mexican Cowboy Beans are pinto beans in a lush, peppery, spicy stewy tomato sauce — just the ticket for some Spanish rice or corn tortillas. The Cuban Black Beans are wonderfully earthy, creamy and comforting — perfect alongside roast pork and rice. The Trini Chickpeas Curry are heavenly scented with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and mustard seeds. A little spicy, a little nutty, these are ideal with naan or other flatbread.

Chickpeas that are so aromatic and satisfying.

Chickpeas that are so aromatic and satisfying.

No matter the variety, all the beans had perfect texture — soft and tender, but not broken down in the least. The taste and texture are far better than any beans out of a can. They all had a rich depth of flavor like the beans you’d cook for hours yourself at home — if only you had the time and inclination.

Cook some rice and microwave a bag, and you have the easiest weeknight meal in mere minutes. These are definitely going to become a staple in my pantry.

A three-pack (one of each variety) is $14.99 on Amazon. Or a six-pack of the Mexican Cowboy Beans, Cuban Black Beans, or Trini Chickpeas Curry is $24.99 each.

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