Black Bean Recipes

A staple in a variety of cuisines, black beans possess a sweetness that marries well with most accompanying ingredients. Incorporate these titans of heart health into your diet with these great black bean recipes ranging from flavorful soups and chilis, healthy burgers, chicken and rice dishes, and more.

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Vegetarian Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 583
A variety of vegetables, a rich tomato base, and just the right amount of spice make this vegetarian chili a satisfying option in only 35 minutes. 

Black-Bean and Sweet-Potato Stew

This satisfying vegetarian stew is ready in about an hour—and more than half that time is hands-off. Opting for canned beans instead of dried put this recipe on the fast-track, and velvety, earthy sweet potatoes, nutty quinoa, and smoky chipotle peppers provided complexity and depth without the need for an all-day simmer. 
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Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl

Versatility is the name of the game in this deconstructed Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl: the simple cilantro-lime marinade works just as well for fish and shrimp as it does for chicken, and the rice and beans can be switched out for your favorite grains and legumes.

Mushroom and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 284
Sauteed mushrooms, cooked black beans, and store-bought salsa are layered with corn tortillas in a baking dish to create this Tex-Mex-inspired casserole.

Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

Toasted ancho chiles add smoky, earthy flavor to this meatless chili that teams vitamin-rich sweet potatoes with protein-packed black beans.
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Spicy Vegetarian Chili

The trick to getting this meatless chili on the table in under an hour? Starting with marinara sauce. It's spiced with cumin and chipotle-chile powder and topped with thinly sliced jalapenos for heat.

Spicy Turkey Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 65
Lots of spice adds a layer of warmth to this turkey chili that you can make in a slow-cooker. This recipe calls for boneless, skinless turkey thighs, serrano chiles, chipotle chile in adobo, whole peeled tomatoes, and chili powder.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 97
For a crunchy topping to this flavorful soup, cut corn tortillas into strips, toss with a little oil, then bake at 350 degrees until crisp.

Taco Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 46
It would be easy to believe that taco salads were invented by kids. They're just as yummy as traditional tacos, but everything is tossed in a crunchy "bowl" that you can eat.

Brown Rice and Black Beans

Rating: 3 stars 161
A pairing for the ages -- and a beautifully balanced source of protein -- rice and black beans crackle with flavor, thanks to jalapeno, onions, and garlic. In this version, hearty long-grain brown rice stands in for the traditional white variety, offering an extra measure of substance.

Zucchini Tacos

Zucchini and black beans come together for a juicy and satisfying taco punctuated by fresh, creamy toppings.

Black-Bean and Brown-Rice Cakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 195
These flavorful vegetarian cakes are easy to prep. Serve with a green salad and chips and salsa for a complete meal.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Black-Bean-and-Corn Stew
Rating: Unrated 46
Garnish this hearty vegetarian stew with sour cream, cheddar cheese, diced red onion, toasted pumpkin seeds, or chopped chives; serve with heated flour tortillas.
Corn and Black Bean Salad
Rating: Unrated 32
This Latin-inspired side dish is full of vibrant flavors and pairs well with pork tacos, baked chicken, or even quesadillas.
Pot of Beans
Rating: 3.5 stars 23

These pantry staples are versatile, healthful, and delicious. Count on them for simple, satisfying meals.