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All Recipes, Main Dishes / November 19, 2021

A Pantry Recipe That´s Actually Good | Garlic Kidney Beans with Tomatoes

In this recipe, we´re going to grab the most basic pantry staples and create an extraordinary dish. We´re talking Garlic Kidney Beans with Tomatoes. This dish is packed with flavors, easy to make and done in under 30 minutes. The perfect dish for a busy weeknight dinner, yet it´s bold enough for an elegant weekend dish.

Garlic Kidney Beans with Tomatoes
To make this recipe, I used jarred Spanish Kidney Beans, which is the same thing as the canned ones. Buy you can use any other type of beans here. Such as white beans, garbanzo beans or even black beans.

Garlic Kidney Beans with Tomatoes
What really flavors this very simple yet bold dish, is the spices & herbs. I used a combination of Spanish paprika, ground cumin and dried oregano. I also added a splash of Sherry vinegar for a pop of Spanish goodness.

Garlic Kidney Beans with Tomatoes

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: As stated above, I used jarred kidney beans here. But you can also use dried ones. Just soak them in cold water overnight and then boil on a low-medium heat between 1 to 2 hours or until they´re tender and have a creamy texture.

Garlic Kidney Beans with Tomatoes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Garlic Kidney Beans with Tomatoes
5 from 9 votes

Garlic Kidney Beans with Tomatoes

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 382 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 gram
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar 15 ml
  • 2 1/2 cups canned kidney beans 400 grams
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes 400 grams
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 1 gram
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • handful finely chopped parsley


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. After 2 minutes, add in 1 onion finely diced and 6 cloves garlic roughly chopped, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the ingredients are lightly sauteed, add in 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika and 1/2 tsp cumin powder, quickly mix together, then add in 1 tbsp sherry vinegar and mix

  3. After 30 seconds, add in a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, 2 1/2 cups canned kidney beans (drained & rinsed), 1 tsp dried oregano and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together, then lower the fire to a low-medium heat and simmer

  4. After simmering the beans for 10 minutes and everything has slightly thickened, remove the pan from the heat, tranfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Kidney Beans with Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 867mg38%
Potassium 1125mg32%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 758IU15%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Nino M

    I cannot star this recipe yet. Maybe I did something wrong but I left the beans in water for almost 12 hours and I know this is much longer than the recipe suggested. My wife tried the beans the following day and said they were flavorful; however, they were hard. She insisted that I must have cooked the beans for a short period of time or did not boil the beans but the recipe only calls 10 minutes and I went slightly over the 10 minute mark (15 minutes). What could have went wrong?

    04 . May . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      I used canned beans in this recipe as stated in the recipe card, if you are using dried beans, soak overnight in plenty of water and then simmer the following day for 1 to 2 hours or until tender, then proceed with the recipe 🙂 Much love

      05 . May . 2024
  2. Allen Tomlinson

    Very good. Looking forward to your other recipes.

    15 . Apr . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      15 . Apr . 2024
  3. FredT

    5 stars
    I’ve made variants of this dish twice. Both times I used dry beans. The first using kidney beans and the second time using 50/50 kidney and black beans. About the only things did differently was saute the onions a bit longer and chopping the garlic.
    This is a great side dish, a bit blah on its own. In an 8oz (plenty) I calculated 173 calories 39 carbs, 15 g of fiber and 12 g protein..

    15 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      17 . Jan . 2024
  4. Amatul K

    Can i use fresh tomatoes instead of canned ones? other than that my mouth is already watering i’m excited to try it for myself!

    08 . Dec . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! About 2-3 tomates should be fine 🙂 Much love

      08 . Dec . 2023
  5. Iesha

    5 stars
    I didn’t have that type of vinegar so I used regular, and I added some liquid aminos, and a few other seasonings and it came out so good with an avocado on the side

    04 . Dec . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Much love

      05 . Dec . 2023
  6. Travis

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe! And one that is so easy and fun to adapt. I innovated at the simmering phase with the addition of a block of feta which I cut into 4 large rectangles with a drizzle olive oil and red chili flakes. Throw the whole thing in a preheated oven for 20 minutes with a little bit of broth so the beans don’t dry out, bake until the feta browns on the edge. Top with fresh basil and serve with toast and butter. Yum! This will be a repeat for sure ~

    01 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      That sounds great! Much love 🙂

      02 . Sep . 2023
  7. Brian

    5 stars
    Not sure why, but mine came out on the tart side. I doubled the recipe. For the tomatoes, I used Muir Glen fire roasted crushed tomatoes. I am certain I added only 2 tablespoons of the vinegar

    I notice your assessment of the sodium level is pretty high at 38%. The can of tomatoes I used is at 9% and the kidney beans at 3%. Maybe the difference is sodium levels is what caused mine to be so tart

    This is not a complaint, I’m just sharing my experience

    31 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Using the different cans of beans and tomatoes can cause that, the best thing is just to adjust the seasonings, a little sugar will help the tartness too 🙂 Much love

      31 . Aug . 2023
  8. Rina

    5 stars
    I never leave comments but for this I had to! So delicious!

    30 . Aug . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      30 . Aug . 2023
  9. Martin M

    5 stars
    Terrific recipe and so delicious! I threw in five sun-dried tomatoes (just to use up the jar) – wasn’t a bad decision! Otherwise, I followed your recipe exactly! Great way to incorporate more fiber into the weekly menu, too!

    15 . Jul . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great!! Much love 🙂

      16 . Jul . 2023
  10. Mike

    5 stars
    Tasty and so easy.

    24 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed it! Much love 🙂

      25 . Apr . 2023
  11. Mike

    I didn’t try this yet but it seems mouth-watering, I really like that you give both cups and gram measurements together, fantastic and simple.

    08 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Appreciate the comment! Much love 🙂

      09 . Apr . 2023
  12. Christiane

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe!!! I adapted mine a bit with a bit of smoked paprika and ground coriander, and didn’t use oregano and it was still exceptional.

    Thank you for the recipe and inspiration. This was delicious!!!

    22 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Glad you liked it 🙂 Much love

      23 . Mar . 2023
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  14. Julie

    5 stars
    This was so simple and absolutely delicious!

    25 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Much love 🙂

      25 . Mar . 2022

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