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    The 35+ BEST Bean Recipes

    Not sure what to cook with beans? This collection of easy Bean Recipes has a huge variety of ways to prepare those healthy and budget friendly legumes.

    There are cozy bean soups, hearty bean dinners, tasty appetizers and a ton more Bean Recipe ideas, the sky’s the limit!

    Whether you’re hosting company or just looking for a super quick weeknight dinner, you’ll find something on this list of fantastic bean recipes.

    Go through this whole Bean Recipes list, and never wonder “what to cook with beans?” again! Enjoy…

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    The Best Bean Recipes:

    1. Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans)

    We’re starting our list with these amazing Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans). They are the tastiest beans you will ever eat, seasoned with tomato, sofrito, sazon and adobo.

    Once you try your beans the Puerto Rican way, you may never eat them any other way again…

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    2. One Skillet Mexican Casserole

    You’re going to love this One Skillet Mexican Casserole recipe! This amazing casserole is full of Mexican flavors, made using simple pantry ingredients.

    It just takes a few minutes of hands on time, and this one-skillet recipe is easy to clean up, too!

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    3. Spanish Clams with White Beans and Chorizo

    These Spanish Clams are simmered with cannellini beans, chorizo sausage, and great flavor enhancers.

    It’s an amazing dish that will easily impress guests, but is easy enough for any weeknight.

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    4. Ful Medames (Egyptian Fava Beans)

    Ful Medames!! Get ready to dip into a luscious blend of creamy fava beans, spicy jalapeños, and aromatic garlic in this show-stopping Fava Bean Dip, Egyptian style! 

    Perfect for cozy nights in or festive gatherings, this dip offers new yet addictive taste in every scoop. This isn’t just a dip, it’s a culinary experience that will have you and your guests reaching for just “one more scoop” again and again.

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    5. Red Beans and Rice

    This Cajun Red Beans and Rice recipe will become your new favorite. It’s very simple to make, with perfectly balanced flavors and a thick, creamy, and delicious gravy.

    Make your dinner super flavorful and filling with this amazing bean recipe..

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    6. Gigantes Plaki

    This comforting and delicious Gigantes Plaki recipe features “giant” butter beans baked in a delightful tomato sauce with plenty of olive oil and seasonings.

    Served with crusty bread and garnished with feta cheese, this meatless dish is a total treat for the taste buds.

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    7. Arroz con Gandules

    This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite side dish!

    Tender rice with pigeon peas generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, tomato sauce, and some great Latin seasonings. So good!

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    8. Refried Beans

    Make your own Mexican refried beans at home, they get ready in under half an hour.

    This delicious Refried Beans recipe is super simple and loaded with tons of flavors. It’s a perfect side for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more…

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    9. BEST Cannellini Beans Recipe

    This Cannellini Beans recipe is the best ever! Generously seasoned with garlic, herbs and olive oil, they’re a great meatless dinner or side dish.

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    10. Easy Authentic Falafel Recipe

    This homemade Falafel is just as good as any Mediterranean restaurant. You’ll be amazed how easy this classic Middle Eastern dish is to make in your own kitchen!

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    11. Three Bean Salad

    This easy Three Bean Salad recipe is a summertime potluck classic. But it goes so well with so many things, we love it all year long! 

    Fresh green beans are mixed with garbanzo beans and kidney beans, then all get tossed with a tangy dressing. It’s tasty, budget friendly, and a surefire hit.

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    12. Black Bean Chili

    Quick, easy, healthy… this black bean chili, based on Panera’s black bean soup, whips up in half hour or less. It’s a great meatless option for busy weeknights.

    It will become one of your go-to bean recipes!

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    13. Southern Braised Chicken with Black Eyed Peas

    Southern Braised Chicken is the newest addition to your comfort food repertoire. It’s hearty and full of cozy flavors. With just a few humble ingredients and a few minutes of hands-on time, you’ll have a dish the whole family is going to love.

    This recipe is easy, delicious, nutritious, and budget-friendly. Win, win, win, win!

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    14. Cowboy Caviar

    Is this a salsa? Or a salad? Or a dip?? Cowboy Caviar… This colorful, no-cook, hearty appetizer will take care of all your get togethers. 

    Make a giant bowl of Cowboy Caviar, throw in some tortilla chips and the entire party will be scooping this till it disappears.

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    15. Meatball Minestrone Soup

    How do you make the soup into a meal? Simple… you add meatballs into the pot. Everyone’s favorite Minestrone soup gets more wholesome and comforting by adding these plump chicken meatballs.

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    16. Fasolada (Greek White Bean Soup)

    Fasolada… The “mother of all” Greek comfort foods in a bowl. This is one bowl that the generations of Greeks grew up with on cool winter nights… A perfect winter warmer!

    This rustic, robust, healthy & homely white bean soup is simmered with aromatics and herbs. But the real magic happens when it gets enriched with a good drizzle of olive oil in the end.

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    17. Cuban Black Beans (Frijoles Negros)

    These Cuban Black Beans, or Frijoles Negros, are the ultimate side dish you need if you want to master Cuban cooking. 

    They’re a staple, along with rice, with all of their famously flavorful main dishes. But don’t worry, these black beans are so easy.

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    18. Portuguese Bean Soup

    Portuguese Bean Soup is a cozy dish from Hawaii featuring beans, veggies, macaroni, Portuguese sausage, and plenty of flavor!

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    19. South African Chakalaka

    Chakalaka is a South African vegetable and bean staple that normally accompanies their meats and seafood.

    It is often featured in get-togethers like their Braais (South African barbecues or cookouts) and celebration times.

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    20. Ribollita (Tuscan White Bean Soup)

    This thick, rich Italian soup includes white beans, and some seasonal fall, and winter vegetables. Layered with slices of day-old bread, it’s all finished with a copious amount of extra virgin olive oil.

    This is your cure to the winter blues. Curl up with a book, in your chunky sweater and a giant bowl of Ribollita…

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    21. Balela Salad (Middle Eastern Bean Salad)

    Let us present you Balela deliciousness!! So colorful, so easy, so refreshing… This hearty, colorful salad comes from many Middle Eastern countries and is bursting with flavors and textures.

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    22. Chicken Burrito Bowl

    This Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe is a hearty and nutritious one bowl meal. Inspired by Chipotle, it’s much more customizable and budget friendly!

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    23. Taco Casserole

    Tacos get transformed into a hot dish, aka Casserole… Taco Casserole!! Everyone’s favorite hand held meal gets a cozy comfort food make over. 

    Get ready for a really Out Of This World Delicious ground beef casserole. This 9×13 dinner is a real crowd pleaser.

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    24. Italian Sausage Soup

    This easy Italian Sausage Soup with white beans and veggies is a cozy pot perfect for chilly nights, but we love it all year long!

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    25. White Bean Turkey Chili

    This hearty and satisfying White Bean Turkey Chili is a great use for your leftover turkey. The sausage takes it over the top.

    No turkey leftovers? Try it with rotisserie chicken.

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    26. Homemade Hummus

    Have any upcoming get-togethers? This smooth, creamy homemade hummus is one of our favorite dip recipes, and it will be the star of your appetizer spread.

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    27. The Ultimate Chili

    This giant batch of Ultimate Chili is loaded with three types of meat and three types of beans.

    Paired with some cornbread, you have a hearty and flavorful meal the whole family will love.

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    28. Espinacas con Garbanzos

    Spanish Spinach and Garbanzo Beans (Espinacas con Garbanzos) is a must-try Andalisian tapas dish that’s easy to make at home.

    Hearty chick peas and fresh spinach are cooked in a cozy sauce of tomatoes, onions and exotic spices. Delightful!

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    29. Ground Turkey Chili (Slow Cooker or Stove Top)

    Ground Turkey Chili – When the temperatures start to dip, sometimes there’s nothing like a warm bowl of chili, loaded with your favorite toppings. 

    This lightened up version subs out the usual red meat in favor of ground turkey, and trust me, it’s just as delicious and satisfying.

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    30. Ham Bean Soup

    Can ham get any better? Sure it can… when it gets transformed into out-of-this-world delicious ham bean soup!

    It’s a perfect way to use up your leftover holiday ham, and is one of our favorite bean recipes.

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    31. Jamaican Rice and Peas

    Give your rice a Caribbean makeover with this amazing Jamaican Rice and Peas recipe. It’s a flavor bomb, loaded with a mixture of exotic and tropical tastes.

    This easy rice dish is a perfect side for a variety of grilled meats and seafoods, and is an absolute must alongside a spicy batch of Jerk Chicken.

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    32. Peruvian Beans

    This easy Peruvian Beans Recipe is your perfect budget-friendly weeknight dinner!

    Tender, buttery mayocoba beans are well seasoned with bacon, garlic, tomato, spices and aji amarillo paste, resulting in a flavorful and satisfying meal you’ll want to put on repeat.

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    33. The BEST Navy Beans Recipe

    This Navy Beans Recipe is pure comfort food. Tender white beans simmer with ham, aromatic veggies, cherry tomatoes and plenty of herbs for the most flavorful bowl of beans ever.

    Make them quick and easy with canned beans, or go with dried, either way our simple recipe is going to give you new appreciation for the humble legume.

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    34.The BEST Black-Eyed Peas Recipe

    These Southern-style Black-Eyed Peas with ham, bacon and collard greens are a hearty and delicious meal that will have you going back for seconds.

    Traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day to bring luck, they’re so good that you’ll want them all year long.

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    35. Chicken White Bean Stew

    Are you looking for a cozy, warm, and hearty stew for winter days? Then make this Chicken White Bean stew, it’s just perfect.

    You will become a fan of this stew, which is loaded with chicken, white beans, potatoes, and kale. Serve it with crusty bread and just enjoy…

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    36. Drunken Beans (Frijoles Borrachos)

    Have you ever tried Drunken Beans before? If not, make them with this easy and quick recipe!

    These incredibly delicious pinto beans are simmered in Mexican beer, with bacon, onion, and flavorful seasonings that make this dish just divine. Try these Drunken Beans now…

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    So there you go, thirty five amazing bean recipes for you to try. Don’t they all look delicious? Which ones will make their way into your regular rotation?

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    35+ BEST Bean Recipes

    This collection of easy Bean Recipes has tons of healthy and budget friendly meals for your family. We love this easy black bean chili:


    • 3 15.5 oz cans black beans
    • 1 14.5 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
    • 1 small onion
    • 2 bell peppers (I used one red and one green)
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 1 cup vegetable stock
    • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 Tbsp chili powder
    • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
    • Salt to taste
    • 2 Tbsp cooking oil


      1. Heat oil in pan over medium high heat.
      2. Chop onion, peppers and garlic. Add to heated pan and sauté 5 minutes.
      3. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to low boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.

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