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Harissa Butter Beans

These harissa butter beans are the perfect quick, easy vegetarian (or vegan) dinner recipe. Ready in 25 minutes and containing minimal ingredients, the spicy and flavor-packed beans are served with a spoonful of creme fraiche, crispy lemon & thyme potatoes, and fresh herbs.

This is one of my favorite low-effort dinners that packs a lot of flavor and tastes absolutely delicious. Similar bean recipes you might also enjoy include my homemade baked beans, this butter bean stew with zhoug and whipped feta, Mexican pinto beans, and this black bean bowl.

a bowl of harissa butter beans topped with crispy potatoes, a spoonful of vegan creme fraiche, and a handful of chopped parsley
a bowl of harissa butter beans topped with crispy potatoes, a spoonful of vegan creme fraiche, and a handful of chopped parsley

Harissa Butter Beans

Yield: 2 -3 portions
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A wonderful low-effort 20-minute dinner that is high in flavor! This is the perfect quick and easy dinner with spicy harissa butter beans and crispy potatoes.


  • 1 tin (400g) butter beans, drained
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp flaky salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 60ml water
  • 2 tbsp jarred sweet picante peppers

To serve:

  • 1 large potato
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 0.5 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Chop the potato into chunks, then drizzle with the thyme, olive oil, a the juice of half the lemon.
  2. Put the potato in the air fryer and cook at 200C | 400F for 15 - 20 minutes until crispy and golden. Give the potatoes a shake halfway through cooking.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, you can make the harissa butter beans.
  4. Start by heating the olive oil in a pan, the add your sliced garlic.
  5. After about a minute, add the harissa paste and butter beans and stir together.
  6. Next, pour in your chopped tomatoes, the water, and peppers, and add your seasonings.
  7. Allow everything to simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  8. Serve the beans with a spoonful of creme fraiche (I used a vegan creme fraiche for the meal pictured!), fresh chopped parsley, crispy potatoes, and lemon zest.


If you don't have an air fryer, you can cook the potatoes the same way in the oven (200C | 395F). You might need to cook the potatoes for closer to 30 minutes to achieve the desired crispiness.

These harissa butter beans can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-5 days. You can store the potatoes with the harissa butter beans or store them separately and assemble your dish when you're ready to eat! I'd recommend reheating the beans either in the microwave or on the hob.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 1261mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 9gSugar: 10gProtein: 9g

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