What Are Mayocoba Beans?

Updated: Apr. 28, 2024

Mayocoba beans are the legume that your meals have been missing.

Sure, black beans and pinto beans are great, but if you ask us, Mayocoba beans are definitely worth trying. They’re seriously creamy, extremely versatile and super healthful—and they may even become your go-to legume.

Psst: These are our favorite ways to use beans.

What are Mayocoba beans?

Commonly known as Peruvian (Peruano), canary (canario) or Mexican yellow beans, Mayocoba beans are medium-sized, oval-shaped and pale yellow. Like many hearty beans, they’re free of cholesterol, low in fat and high in fiber, protein and iron. (Count us in!)

What do they taste like? Mayocoba beans have a mild flavor and creamy, buttery texture. Bean enthusiasts love using them as a delicious substitute for pinto, cannellini or great northern beans.

How do you cook Mayocoba beans?

Mayocoba beans are commonly sold dry. And while dry beans require a little more prep time than canned beans, the process is simple.

To cook, place well-rinsed beans in a Dutch oven. Add enough water to cover the beans by at least 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil and let the bubbles roll for 2 minutes. Remove the Dutch oven from the heat, cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours. Carefully drain and rinse beans. Learn more about quick-soaking beans here.

What can you cook with Mayocoba beans?

Mayocoba beans can be used in a wide variety of dishes. Here are some crowd-pleasing favorites to try. Simply sub in Mayocoba beans for the type of bean listed in the ingredients. If canned beans are called for, use pre-cooked Mayocobas.

Soups, stews and chili:

Burgers and sandwiches:

Side dishes and dips:

Where can I buy Mayocoba beans?

Look for Mayocoba beans in the international aisle of most grocery stores. You can also check out Latin specialty food stores and markets.