I don't know if I have a 'favorite' one. I like them all in their own way. Lentils are great meat subsitute and I've made meatloaf from them. I cook with dried beans all the time, more so than canned. I rarely buy canned foods. I will do an over-night soak if I remember, but usually its the quick soak then cook.
We love beans. Black, pinto, kidney, small red,northern & green beans are probably the ones we eat the most. I rarely buy canned beans anymore. I usually cook them in my crock-pot. Cajun red beans & rice....mmmmmmm
I used dried beans, soak them overnight then simmer them the next day....we've recently had ham-bean soup and turkey-bean soup....with homemade bread, of course....filling, "nummy" and easy to make (plus great on days that are colder than well.....you know the saying...lol)