Three-quart, one-quart (antique), and half-pint (souvenir) beanpots

A beanpot is a deep, wide-bellied, short-necked vessel used to cook bean-based dishes. Beanpots are typically made of ceramic, though some are made of other materials, such as cast iron. The relatively narrow mouth of the beanpot minimizes evaporation and heat loss, while its deep, wide, thick-walled body facilitates long, slow cooking times.[1]

Beanpots are commonly associated with New England, in particular Boston, Massachusetts. This association is evident in the nickname Beantown, and the use of the name beanpot for Boston events such as the Beanpot ice hockey tournament.[2]

Beanpots resemble the Indian handi[3] and the Spanish, Mexican or Native American olla,[4] and may be related to the latter vessel.

See also


  1. ^ "How to make the perfect Boston baked beans – recipe | Felicity Cloake's How to make the perfect…". the Guardian. 19 January 2022.
  2. ^ "Gallery: Boston University wins opening round of Beanpot against Harvard 4-3". Boston Herald. 8 February 2022.
  3. ^ Heck, Mary-Frances; Gr, Paige; February 21, jean Updated. "How to Get Started with Clay Pot Cooking". Food & Wine.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Got an hour? Make these easy chipotle black beans". San Diego Union-Tribune. 12 January 2022.