Rattlesnake Beans have variegated tan to reddish-brown skins streaked and speckled with mahogany or dark brown, similar to their relative the pinto bean. The menacing name comes from the way the red-streaked green pod grows, in a curved or coiled shape resembling a snake.
Carefully sort beans, and rinse thoroughly. Soak overnight in cold water. Drain and rinse. Return to pot and cover by 2 inches with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer 45 minutes to 1 hour, until tender.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
This Southwestern-inspired stew utilizes our flavor-rich Rattlesnake Beans, named for the way their bean pod grows in a coil. This hearty dish is wonderful topped with shredded cheese and a spoonful of sour cream.