16 Delicious Navy Bean Recipes

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Navy Beans are a versatile vegetarian source of fiber and protein that can be enjoyed in a variety of recipes. They have a few names, such as Boston beans, white pea beans, and pea beans. Regardless of the name, we can all agree they are delicious and are a great addition to these navy bean recipes.

Skillet of chicken and bean soup.


What are navy beans?

Navy beans are a type of white bean and can be used in most white bean recipes. They are easily interchangeable and add texture and flavor to the dish they are in. 

From healthy salads, comforting soups, and satisfying baked beans, they are a powerhouse ingredient and star of their own show. Having navy beans on hand is always a good idea.

We’ve rounded up a few of the best way to cook navy beans. Read through and let us know which ones are your favorite navy bean recipes.

Recipes with Navy Beans

1. Navy Bean And Ham Soup

A warm bowl of delicious soup on a cold day is just what the doctor ordered. Navy bean and ham soup is a classic, beloved recipe. Using a crockpot slow-cooks the soup to savory perfection.

A leftover ham bone adds a mouthwatering flavor punch and is a great use of that leftover holiday ham. This soup is a luscious bowl of goodness the whole family will love. 

2. Navy Bean Soup Recipe

Satisfying spoonfuls of incredibly tasty navy bean soup will have you coming back for seconds. Salty, savory, and smokey, this soup has a dynamic flavor profile.

It is full of wonderful ingredients and has the option for the slow cooker or stove top, dried navy beans or canned beans, and is an all-around exquisite soup. 

3. Bean Salad

This Turkish salad is a bright, engaging one-dish meal or side dish. Fresh veggies and seasonings mix with the navy beans to create a lovely flavor profile. It is filling, healthy, and bursting with delectable flavors. 

4. Three Bean Salad

The classic three-bean salad is a staple at most BBQs and potlucks. A simple recipe to make in 10 minutes, it has big flavors. White, navy, and kidney beans combine with red onion and fresh parsley and then are tossed in an easy homemade dressing. The natural flavors are the stars of this salad and make a great addition to any meal. 

5. Sausage And Beans

If you love comfort food, then you will love this tasty dish. It is an amazing one-pot wonder, equally hearty and nutritious. This is the kind of dish that will stick to your ribs and leave you warm and satisfied. 

6. White Chicken Chili

White chicken chili is a favorite in our house. It feels lighter than regular chili and has a different flavor profile but is equally, if not better, than traditional beef chili. Use the instant pot to have dinner ready in 30 minutes. Throw it all in the pot and let it do its thing. You’ll be enjoying this hearty, mouthwatering, flavorsome soup in no time. 

7. Creamy Beans And Kale

A delightful recipe, creamy beans and kale is the side dish you didn’t know you needed in your life. Easy to make in 20 minutes, it is a hearty and healthy dish that will surprise your taste buds in the best way. Even your kids will eat this up. 

8. Southwestern Navy Bean Soup

Putting a southwestern spin on navy bean soup is a delicious delight. This hearty soup has zesty, rich flavors with a creamy texture. Adjust the spice level to your preference and enjoy this warm, pleasurable bowl of yumminess. 


9. Chicken And White Bean Enchiladas

It’s time to change your enchilada routine and enjoy this tasty recipe. The navy beans add a creamy texture to the seasoned chicken enchilada filling. A homemade green chile enchilada sauce completes this out-of-this-world dish. It may have a little extra work involved, but you will reap the fruits of your labor. 

10. White Bean Burger

Forget about the impossible burger and enjoy these homemade vegan burgers instead. They are full of fresh, natural ingredients and taste lightyears better.

Whether you are a vegan or prefer to skip meat once in a while, this recipe is one to put in your recipe rotation. These burgers are full of sublime flavors unparalleled by other meatless burgers. 

11. Baked Beans

Homemade baked beans are a quick and easy side dish we all know and love. A BBQ staple during the summer months, they are also great to enjoy during the colder seasons.

The brown sugar and molasses add depth to the flavors while the diced ham and minced onion add texture. This classic recipe is a must-have in your recipe box. 

12. Navy Bean Falafel

These navy bean falafels make a great appetizer or tasty snack. They are simple to make in 20 minutes and have delicious flavors. Full of seasonings, navy beans, and almond flour, they are a naturally gluten-free delight. 

13. White Bean Pasta

Pasta is like bread; it goes great with everything. It is a blank canvas waiting for culinary masterpieces. White bean pasta is one such masterpiece full of fresh flavors in a satisfying meal. This tasty recipe comes together in 30 minutes, uses pantry ingredients, and is easy to customize. 

14. Chicken Stew

Chicken stew is a recipe to have on repeat during the winter months. Like its beef counterpart, it is a mouthwatering bowl of hearty, comforting, and satisfying tastiness.

It has fresh ingredients like carrots, cabbage, onions, and garlic, along with bacon, chicken, navy beans, and seasonings. The result is a heavenly stew unlike any you’ve had before.

15. Three Bean Quesadilla

A three-bean quesadilla is a culinary mash-up of scrumptious flavors. Kidney, navy, and pinto beans are mixed with red peppers, onions, cilantro, and seasonings. They get together and have a party in a flour tortilla for a unique, tasty snack or appetizer. 

16. White Bean Buffalo Dip

Navy bean buffalo dip is an appetizing vegetarian version of the chicken buffalo dip. It has all of the same great flavors sans the meat. The beans add a creamy texture to the cheese while the buffalo sauce adds the heat. Great for parties and tailgating, this dip is a must-have.

Which one of these easy recipes will you be trying?

More bean recipes

Skillet of chicken and bean soup.
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Navy Bean Recipes

By Heather
These tasty navy bean recipes will give you wonderful ways to use navy beans including this simple way to cook canned navy beans.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes


  • 2 slices bacon chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 14.5 ounces canned navy beans drained
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken/vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar


  • Cook chopped bacon in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until bacon starts to crisp.
  • Add in diced onion, beans, water, garlic powder, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook until mixture starts to lightly bubble, 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 1467mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. I just made this. I had some home canned navy beans that did not seal so wanted to use them. This is so delicious 😋. I will turn this into a canning recipe. Thanks for the recipe

  2. I just made this. I had some home canned navy beans that did not sell so wanted to use them. This is so delicious 😋. I will turn this into a canning recipe. Thanks for the recipe