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Sprinkle Popcorn Seasoning On Canned Beans For An Easy Flavor Boost

Baked beans in a cast iron pot
Baked beans in a cast iron pot - Lauripatterson/Getty Images

We know there are specific canned beans you should keep in your pantry since they're affordable, protein-packed, and endlessly versatile. But, let's be honest, that familiar bean flavor can get a little bland. So, here's a quick, easy, and potentially unexpected upgrade to transform your tired beans into a flavor fiesta — popcorn seasoning. Yes, these seasonings are designed to enhance the taste of popcorn, but their versatility extends far beyond the popcorn bowl.

Most popcorn seasonings contain salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and sometimes paprika or cayenne pepper. These flavors perfectly complement the earthy notes of beans, instantly adding depth and complexity. Ready to get started? Begin by draining and rinsing your canned beans. You can use any variety like black beans, chickpeas, or kidney beans. Empty them into a colander and rinse under cold water. This step helps remove excess sodium and improves their texture. Transfer the rinsed beans to a bowl and get ready to select the perfect popcorn seasoning to complement them.

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Give All Your Beans A Pop Of Flavor

bowls of different dried beans
bowls of different dried beans - Katarzyna Hurova/Shutterstock

If you're curious about which ingredients will work best, we ranked 28 popcorn seasons from worst to best including everything from creole to ranch. We recommend trying a garlic parmesan seasoning that works well with white beans or a smoky BBQ seasoning that can enhance the flavor of black beans. If you're craving something tangy, try a cheddar cheese popcorn seasoning with pinto beans. However, if you want something on the spicier side, look for popcorn seasoning varieties with a touch of heat, like sriracha or chili lime to add to kidney beans.

With your rinsed beans, start with a small amount and adjust according to your taste preferences. Toss the beans gently to ensure that the seasoning coats them evenly. To take your flavored beans to the next level and complement the seasoning, add ingredients like diced onions, chopped cilantro, or a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Seasoned beans can be served as a side dish, incorporated into a jalapeño-lime three-bean salad, or used as a topping for nachos or baked potatoes.

With the simple addition of popcorn seasoning, you can transform ordinary beans into a flavorful delight. Experiment with different seasonings and enjoy the versatility and convenience of this easy flavor-boosting hack.

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