Clay Pot One-Step Chestnut Limas

We put Russ Parson’s no-soak method to the test on our Chestnut Lima beans. This ended up being really simple and yielded some seriously delicious beans with a meaty, rich flavor. You could sauté your aromatics in the pot beforehand, but in an attempt to make this a one-step recipe we skipped that step. Using a clay pot is necessary here, as the ceramic will hold heat & continue to cook after beans are removed from the oven. This would also work well in a pressure cooker.

Clay Pot One-Step Chestnut Limas
Serves 4-6
From the Community Grains Recipe Kitchen


1 pound of Community Grains Chestnut Lima beans
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup of tomato puree
1/2 cup diced white onion
2 cloves crushed garlic
5-6 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 tsp chopped cilantro
pinch of chili flakes


Place all ingredients in your bean pot or clay pot casserole, then cover with water by 2 inches.

Place covered in a cold oven. Turn oven on to 325 degrees.

Cook for 3-4 hours, salting mid-way through. If beans still need time to cook but are out of water, add boiling water in cupfuls as necessary.

Garnish with avocado, cilantro, red onion, farm cheese and serve with warm tortillas.

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3 Responses to Clay Pot One-Step Chestnut Limas

  1. Hi,

    I made this recipe yesterday, and I ended up having to bake the beans for a total of about 6 or 7 hours to get them to be cooked and soft. After 3 hours at 325, I cooked them on the stovetop for about an hour because I needed the oven for something else. Then I cooked them for about 3 hours at 225, and then left them in the oven (with the oven off) for about 2 hours. Then they were done.


    • Catherine Meng says:

      Hi Aviva,

      Thanks for the feedback. This is concerning. We’re going to head into the test kitchen again on this one. It could also be that you got a bag of old beans, which would be embarrassing.
      Thanks again for the feedback…we’ll let you know what we find out & will amend the recipe if necessary.
      Sorry for the inconvenience.


    • Catherine Meng says:

      Hi again,

      Just wanted to clarify, did you cook your beans using a clay pot? This can wildly skew cook times…

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