What to Cook with Black Beans

Whether they're canned or dried, here are the best recipe ideas to get them out of the pantry and onto your plate.

May 05, 2020

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Black beans are a great source of protein and fiber, and are a long-lasting addition for your pantry. Great in soups, salads and Tex-Mex dishes, the beans are versatile enough to be used many ways. Here are some favorite ideas, from classic dishes to surprising ideas.

Recipes for Canned Black Beans

Canned black beans are a great starchy canvas for bold flavors. Here are our favorite ways to dress up a can of black beans:

Pair canned black beans with rotisserie chicken and a quick cabbage salad in this 5-star tostada recipe.

Even the ricotta is vegan in Trisha's flavor-packed Southwestern lasagna, which features tofu ricotta, fire-roasted tomatoes and two cans of black beans.

This is the receipe for Ree Drummond's Black Been Burger

This is the receipe for Ree Drummond's Black Been Burger

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Got two cups of black beans? You're well on your way to burger night with Ree's recipe, which calls for breadcrumb-bolstered black bean patties topped with arugula and tomato.

More ideas for canned black beans:

Black Bean Salad (pictured up top)

Dried Black Beans

Dried black beans are perfect for whipping into creamy, rich dishes. Make sure to soak your beans overnight, or skip the step entirely by cooking them in a pressure cooker or slow cooker.

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Creamy Black Beans

This is a great go-to way to prepare your black beans. Keep some in the friedge to have on hand for grain bowls, to serve with eggs at breakfast or spice up taco night.

This is a meaty, hearty soup, relying on pork ribs and an array of herbs and spices to bolster the flavor, but after eight hours of slow-cooker simmering, it's unbeatably flavorful and appealing.

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A Cool Way to Use Any Kind of Black Beans

If you didn't think a brownie could be healthy, think again with Melissa d'Arabian's Black Bean Brownies. By blending cooked black beans (either canned or dried) into the brownie mix, the taste will go undetected but add an irresistible rich, gooey texture.

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