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Smoky Spicy Lima Beans

Smoky Spicy Lima Beans ~ Quick weeknight side dish of lima beans, tomato sauce and herbs and spices.Smoky Spicy Lima Beans

I love food (obviously), but I love those foods that are often disliked. You now those foods people turn their nose up at…Brussels sprouts….kale…spinach…lima beans… In my experience, peoples’ dislike usually comes from improper cooking. Under/over cooking is also a common reason for the dislike. For example, boiling Brussels sprouts until they are limp. Lima beans are in the same category.Part of what I love doing is making these “boring” ingredients and making them delicious. I’m proud to admit that Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables, and quite possibly my favorite veggie. Today I share with you a delicious way to prepare lima beans. This dish is layered with flavor and lima are buttery when prepared correctly, that the bold spices and the buttery smoothness of the beans just meld together in one delicious bite.

This is a quick recipe if you use frozen beans, which is what I used. I love soaking and boiling beans, but for a random weekday, who’s got that kind of time? I don’t. These do back a punch so if you’re feeding little ones or just not a fan of the spicy, pull back on the spices.

Smoky Spicy Lima Beans ~ The Complete Savorist

Smoky Spicy Lima Beans

Author: Michelle De La Cerda


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion; chopped (about 1/2 of a medium onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves; minced/grated
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flake
  • 3/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper; to taste +/-
  • 1/4 tsp salt; to taste +/-
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1-16 oz pkg lima beans
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Heat a large sauté pan/skilet over medium high heat.
  2. Once heated, add the oil and onions; cook for two minutes stirring frequently.
  3. Add the garlic and continue cooking for another two minutes.
  4. Add the lima beans and all the spices, but start with a lesser amount of salt and adjust according to taste; stir constantly.
  5. Once the herbs and spices have bloomed or become fragrant, add the tomato sauce, water, and lime juice. Bring to a high simmer.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and allow to steam for 10 minutes, stir occasionally; taste for salt and pepper.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Smoky Spicy Lima Beans ~ The Complete Savorist Smoky Spicy Lima Beans ~ The Complete Savorist

Recipe was originally published on Loves to be in the Kitchen as a Guest Post 3/31/15.


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  • Reply
    Amy Stafford
    February 18, 2016 at 5:45 am

    What a great different recipe. In the spring when my garden has more lima beans then I can handle this recipe will come in handy!

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    February 18, 2016 at 6:22 am

    This sounds like a great way to add a lot of extra flavor to lima beans, it looks so good!

  • Reply
    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    February 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Wow I love lima beans, mIchelle! This looks so flavorful and fresh! A big bowl for me please! 🙂

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    Alisa @ Go Dairy Free
    February 18, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I actually love lima beans – ever since my first taste of Campbell’s soup 🙂 But, I’ve never tried them like this – you’ve totally got me with the smoked paprika. Pinned!

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    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
    February 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Oh how I love Lima Beans…and this is such a great option

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    Laura @MotherWouldKnow
    February 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I’ll admit that I have always disliked lima beans. But I’m willing to try them, with this interesting sauce I might even get converted to the “I love lima beans” club:)

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    Megan Keno
    February 18, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    what a great recipe! I love the flavoring!

  • Reply
    February 19, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve actually never tried lima beans before! I’ll definitely give this recipe a try!

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom
    February 19, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I haven’t had a lima bean in quite awhile…and it wasn’t very good…this recipe definitely makes me want to give them another try!

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    Meg @ With Salt and Wit
    February 21, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I love brussels sprouts too!! And confession…I don’t think I have ever had lime beans but after seeing these I need to try them!

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    Katerina @ Diethood
    February 22, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Delicious, hearty lima beans. YUM!! But, I’m the same way! I love all the foods that many hate! haha 😀 BUT I hate watermelon, and no one understands that. :-/

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    February 23, 2016 at 8:49 am

    This could be the way to get my Hubby to try lima beans. He loves spicy food!

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