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.

Staff Picks

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Black Bean, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Pressure-cooked black beans (time to break out that Instant Pot!) meet cool cucumbers and bright cilantro, lime, and feta in this refreshing side dish that's ideal year-round. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Pressure Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).

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.

Avocado Bar

Rating: 3.5 stars 30
Think of this as an update on the taco bar: Lay out a platter of seasoned, lime-doused avocado halves and bowls of toppings, and let guests help themselves.

Cheese-Stuffed Tostadas

Tostadas are a quick and easy way to add a little excitement to the usual taco night, and this meat-free version is no exception. Because between the crispy tortillas, creamy black bean mash, and smoky chipotle (oh, and did we mention plenty of melty cheese?) there's plenty of delicious fun to be had with this 30-minute dinner. 

Zucchini Tacos

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

Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa

Rating: 3.5 stars 161
This pineapple salsa makes a great appetizer at any party that could use a sweet-and-spicy kick.

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.

Seared-Tuna Taco Bowl

Composed of rice, black beans, cabbage slaw, and fresh tuna spiced with chili powder, this power bowl makes a light yet satisfying dinner or lunch. A zesty cilantro cream dressing brings it all together.

Inspiration and Ideas

Taco Salad
Rating: Unrated 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.
Rice and Beans with Avocado, Tomato, and Cheese
DIY this dish inspired by your favorite take-out bean burrito that's all about zesty freshness, not refried flavors.
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.