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All Recipes, Main Dishes / May 29, 2023

Spanish Butter Beans with Tuna | HEALTHY & Delicious ONE-PAN Recipe

These Spanish Butter Beans with Tuna are filled with flavors, made with simple heart-healthy ingredients and all done in just 30 minutes. Serve this dish next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for a nutritious and fulfilling meal.

Spanish Butter Beans with Tuna
To make this recipe I used canned butter beans, just to make things easier and quicker. If you like, you can use dried butter beans instead. Just soak them overnight in plenty of water and then simmer the following day for 1 to 2 hours or until tender.

Spanish Butter Beans with Tuna
For the tuna I used Spanish canned tuna in olive oil. You can also use canned tuna in water. Either way, when you drain the tuna, don´t flake the tuna with a fork. Just gently shake the sieve you drained it into. This way the tuna ends up with chunkier pieces. Giving the dish a heartier texture.

Spanish Butter Beans with Tuna

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: This dish will hold for up to 4 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer. When reheating, just add in a little liquid, either broth or water, to give the dish a better consistency.

Spanish Butter Beans with Tuna

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Spanish Butter Beans with Tuna
5 from 2 votes

Spanish Butter Beans with Tuna

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 341 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 gram
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 cans butter beans 15.5 oz / 440 grams each
  • 2 cups vegetable broth 480 ml
  • 2 cans tuna in olive oil 5 oz / 142 grams each
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • handful fresh parsley


  1. Finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic and finely grate the tomatoes

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. After a couple of minutes add in the onion and garlic, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the paprika and cumin, quickly mix together, then add in the grated tomato and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and simmer

  4. Once the grated tomato has slightly thickened, about 3 minutes, add in the canned butter beans (drained & rinsed), the vegetable broth and the bay leaf, rasie to a high heat, when it comes to a boil place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat

  5. Meanwhile, drain the cans of tuna into a sieve with a bowl underneath and gently shake the sieve to remove any excess oil

  6. After simmering the beans for 10 minutes, remove from the heat, add in the drained tuna and gently mix together

  7. Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Butter Beans with Tuna
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 901mg39%
Potassium 895mg26%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1061IU21%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Alistair Syme

    5 stars
    Really enjoy this recipe. Now a regular go-to meal in our house. So tasty.

    28 . May . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

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

      29 . May . 2024
  2. Amy

    Loved this recipe too! We used the olive oil from the tuna to cook the onion, worked like a charm.

    19 . Feb . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that!!! Much love 🙂

      20 . Feb . 2024
  3. Lisa Munoz

    Do you use the oil from the tuna can at all?

    02 . Dec . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      I save it and use it as a salad dressing, but you can also use it to saute the ingredients if you like 🙂 Much love

      03 . Dec . 2023
  4. Journey Ali

    Can I use fresh tuna instead? How would I include the oil if I did so?

    27 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely, just use extra virgin olive oil in place of the olive oil from the canned tuna 🙂 Much love

      28 . Jun . 2023
  5. Michael Ciuraszkiewicz

    The best Spanish recipe site!! Thank you..

    24 . Jun . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thank you for the comment! Much love 🙂

      25 . Jun . 2023
  6. Juan Antonio Balbuena

    5 stars
    Buena pinta. Me pregunto si se podría hacer con garrofó ?

    29 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Claro que si! Saludos 🙂

      30 . May . 2023
  7. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms i never had spanish butter beans with tuna before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    29 . May . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      30 . May . 2023

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