Small Red Chili Beans are plump, slightly sweet and the "go to" bean for Cajun and Creole cooking. Also known as known as Habas Pequenos colourados or Mexican Red Bean, Grainworks Small Red Chilies are bush beans rather than a vine bean. They're about 1/2 inch long with mild flavour and firm texture and hold their shape well during cooking. Small Red Chilies or Habas Pequenos colourados The oldest-known domesticated beans date back to the second millennium. All beans are marvels of nature's kitchen: filled with beneficial phytonutrients, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Beans are cholesterol-free and contain no saturated fat. Red beans are rich in antioxidants and packed with protein, folate, iron and fiber. One serving of small red beans can deliver about 8 grams of protein. Tasty Tips and Storage These are the beans used in the Creole classic dish Red Beans and Rice, and the favourite for Cajun and Creole cooking. Enjoy them in soups, chilies and more. Or try them in Mexican dishes in along with, or instead of pinto or black beans. Use them in soups and salads. Like most beans, small red beans benefit from soaking before cooking. Soak them for six to eight hours prior to cooking, or bring to a boil in water, remove from heat, cover and soak for 1 hour. Always drain soaking water before cooking. To cook add fresh water and cover the beans by two inches. Boil uncovered for about 10 minutes and skim off any foam. Traditionally, a strip of Kombu seaweed is used in Asia to help soften beans (added at the beginning of cooking). Cover pot and simmer for about one and a half hours. Add seasonings as desired; beans benefit from adding salt during the last half hour or so of cooking. Like most stored foods, beans are best stored in the absence of oxygen and light, which can speed rancidity and fade bean colour. Store in a cool dark pantry in our resealable bags or an airtight container. Refrigerated/frozen storage isn't recommended for dried beans, which will last for a year or more properly stored in the pantry.