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    The 35 BEST Black Bean Recipes

    Black beans are so healthy, budget friendly and versatile. That’s why we compiled this collection of easy Black Bean Recipes for you to cook.

    You’ll find easy sides, tasty appetizers, healthy salads, hearty mains with black beans and so much more. Who knew those humble legumes could be used in so many ways?

    Plus, they’re super nutritious, packed with antioxidants, fiber, protein, and healthy carbohydrates. It’s so easy to feed your family a healthy meal that’s easy on the wallet.

    Cook your way through all of these tasty black bean recipes, you’re sure to find some new black bean ideas!

    The BEST Black Bean Recipes.

    Black Bean Recipes:

    1. Black Bean Chili

    We’re starting our collection of black bean recipes with our own delicious recipe! Quick, easy, healthy… this vegetarian 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.

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    2. One Skillet Mexican Casserole

    10 minutes of active cook time on your part, with simple pantry staple ingredients, and this amazing casserole full of Mexican flavors happens. And did you hear one skillet? Yup music to my ears, for easy clean up later.

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    3. Balela Salad

    Let me 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. Chickpeas, black beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, parsley, mint… what’s not to like!!

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Turkey Nachos

    Turkey Nachos! Looking for something to make with those holiday leftovers other than soups and casseroles? You’ve found it!

    This is an easy and fun way to use up that leftover turkey. The whole family will love this pile of tasty, cheesy goodness.

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    8. Cuban Black Beans

    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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    9. Taco Soup

    Who can really resist loaded Taco Soup on any day? Here is the best and easiest Taco Soup Recipe ever. 

    This hearty ground beef soup is perfectly seasoned with easy homemade taco seasoning, and has all the right Tex-Mex flavors along with veggies, corn and beans. In the end, all you need to do is make it irresistible by simply topping it with creamy avocado, some cilantro, jalapeño, tortilla strips and lots of shredded cheese.

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    10. Black Bean Salad

    This Black Bean salad recipe has black beans, corn, peppers and herbs, all tossed in a zesty lime dressing. It’s an easy and versatile salad that is great for meal prepping.

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    11. Southwestern Wraps

    Southwestern Wraps are an easy lunch or light dinner that will be ready to serve in under 20 minutes!

    They come packed with shredded chicken, fresh vegetables, black beans and a mixture of sour cream and blue cheese. YUM.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    12. Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

    Stuffed peppers are a great way to get some extra veggies in your diet. These peppers are stuffed with quinoa, black beans, pepper jack cheese, and plenty of great seasonings. They’re a great low-cal meatless main dish.

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    13. Spicy Fish Taco Bowls

    We love tacos in all forms, even taco bowls!

    These brown rice fish taco bowls are full of hearty and nutritious ingredients like corn, black beans, red peppers and avocados. You’re going to make them again and again.

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    14. Black Bean Burgers

    This Black Bean Burgers are a great meatless Monday option, or to serve to your vegetarian friends at cookouts.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    15. Black Beans and Rice

    Black Beans and Rice is a staple side dish in many Latin American countries, and this recipe shows you how to perfect it. It may become your new favorite way to serve rice.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    16. Black Bean Dip

    This Black Bean Dip is a great 5 minute appetizer to bring to your next get together. With black beans, onion, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice, and spices, you only need a few ingredients to make this happen.

    Get the Recipe @ twopeasandtheirpod

    17. Black Bean Tacos

    These Black Bean Tacos are another great meatless main dish, served in crunchy corn shells and filled with your favorite toppings. Give them a try, you may not even miss the meat.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    18. Spaghetti with Black Bean Meatballs

    Spaghetti with Black Bean Meatball is a great comfort food when you’re looking to keep it healthy and budget friendly. The “meatballs” come together quickly and taste great.

    Get the Recipe @ biancazapatka

    19. Pineapple Black Bean Tostadas

    Pineapple Black Bean Tostadas are a fun and easy party snack! Spread a spoonful of refried beans over the tostada, top it with avocados, fresh pineapple salsa and sprinkle queso fresco. Your delicious Tostada is ready.

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    20. Rotel Dip

    This easy Rotel Dip recipe is loaded with Velveeta, beer, pepper jack, black beans, Rotel, and sausage! Make it for your picnic and see everybody hovering over it.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    21. Mexican Street Corn Black Bean Chicken Bake

    This Mexican street corn black bean chicken bake only has a little alliteration, but it’s got tons of flavor! The chicken breasts are covered with chili powder, corn kernels, black beans, and cotija cheese. After twenty-five minutes in the oven, you’ll get a delicious dish that’s also gluten-free.

    Get the Recipe @ juliasalbum

    22. Creamy Black Bean Curry

    If you love bold flavors, you have to try this Creamy Black Bean Curry. Full of Indian spices and aromatics, it’s a delicious dinner, and even better as leftovers.

    Get the Recipe @ thefieryvegetarian

    23. Southwestern Chicken Casserole

    Chicken casserole – Southwest style! It’s packed full of great ingredients like black beans, corn, cilantro, tender chicken and southwest seasonings. It will be one of your family favorites.

    Get the Recipe @ fitfoodiefinds

    24. Black Bean Hummus

    Give your favorite party dip a makeover! This black bean hummus is just as delicious as the original, but the new look will draw a crowd.

    Get the Recipe @ sweetpeasandsaffron

    25. Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowls

    This delicious Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowl is packed with nutritious powerhouses like beans, brown rice, sweet potatoes, kale, Greek yogurt, and more. Plus, they’re super satisfying and keep you full a long time.

    Get the Recipe @ skinnytaste

    26. Rainbow Salsa

    Rainbow Salsa is a colorful dish that’s loaded with bright tomatoes, multicolored peppers, black beans, red onion, corn, fresh cilantro and lime juice. Enjoy with chips, nachos, and burritos.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    27. Mexican Pasta Salad

    If Mexican Pasta Salad exists, it looks like this. This Pasta Salad with corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeño is a delicious side dish salad to make for summer cookouts. The creamy Greek yogurt dressing with spices and lime add so much unique flavor!

    Get the Recipe @ healthyseasonalrecipes

    28. Black Bean Enchilada Pasta

    Black Bean Enchilada Pasta is a delicious and extremely satisfying pasta. It’s quick, easy and versatile. This pasta is a fusion of two great cuisines. This will become one of your favorite black bean recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ honeywhatscooking

    29. Huevos Rancheros

    A traditional Mexican breakfast dish made with fried corn tortillas, fried egg, ranchera salsa, black beans, avocado, cheese, and salsa. Huevos Ranchero is quick and easy to whip up as you go on layering the ingredients. This one is MUST if you like Mexican flavors.

    Get the Recipe @ carlsbadcravings

    30. Mexican Omelet

    This quick Mexican omelet is stuffed full with some of your favorite Mexican ingredients like beans, peppers, corn, tomatoes, and onions. Top it with salsa, sour cream, and avocado for extra yum factor.

    Get the Recipe @ isabeleats

    31. Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

    These Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Burritos are stuffed chipotle seasoned chicken, rice, black beans, avocados and more. We love them for lunch or dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ julieseatsandtreats

    32. Cheesy Black Bean Chili

    Here’s one the kids will absolutely love. Instead of putting the cheese on the chili, it goes in the chili. The result is a cheesy masterpiece. Plus, there’s hidden veggies… win, win.

    Get the Recipe @ britneybreaksbread

    33. Refried Black Beans

    We love refried beans as a taco side dish, and these Refried Black Beans may be the best yet. They only take 5 ingredients and about 10 minutes.

    Get the Recipe @ simplywhisked

    34. Mexican Stuffed Zucchini Boats

    Zucchini boats – Mexican style! These Mexican stuffed zucchini boats are loaded with seasoned beef, black beans, and vegetables.

    They’re easy to make, and are packed with marvelous Mexican flavors.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    35. Black Bean Brownies

    You’re going to be amazed how good these fudgy black bean brownies are. Completely gluten free, they taste as good as any flour based brownie. What a sweet way to end this list of black bean recipes!

    Get the Recipe @ chocolatecoveredkatie

    What a great variety of black bean recipes. There’s so many different ways to cook these healthy legumes.

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    The 35 BEST Black Bean Recipes

    This collection of ways to cook Black Beans show how versatile those nutrient packed little legumes can be. We love this 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
    • 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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