Tiger Eye Beans, also known as pepa de zapalloa
, are considered a heirloom variety and are originally from Chile or Argentina. They have a creamy potato-like texture when cooked and make a thick broth from the water they are simmered in. This bean cooks up to have a wonderfully rich flavor, smooth texture and very tender skins that almost disappear when cooked. This amber/gold colored bean will catch your eyes with its dark red stripes swirling along the side of it.
The creamy texture and mild flavor of Tiger Eye Beans make them perfect for refried beans and pureed hearty soups. They are also excellent for cassoulet style dishes, chili and stew applications. They tend to fall apart when thoroughly cooked, due to their thin skins.