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

Zucchini Tacos

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

Vegetarian Chili

Rating: 3.42 stars
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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. Vegetarians will ask for this chili again and again. You may even convert meat lovers to vegetarian chili!

Mushroom and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 3.74 stars
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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. 
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Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa

Rating: 3.61 stars
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This pineapple salsa makes a great appetizer at any party that could use a sweet-and-spicy kick.

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).

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.

Summer Wild Rice Salad

Rice and beans are reimagined as a summer salad, with smoky poblano chile, sweet corn, and a zesty lime dressing. Enjoy this alongside our Turkey Burgers.

Couscous Salad with Black Beans, Mushrooms, and Corn

Rating: 3.79 stars
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A simple and healthy vegetarian salad of Israeli couscous makes a great weeknight meal. You won't miss the meat in this filling vegetarian dish. Black beans add protein, and avocado is rich in heart-healthy fat.

Corn and Black Bean Salad

This Latin-inspired side dish is full of vibrant flavors and pairs well with pork tacos, baked chicken, or even quesadillas.

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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Inspiration and Ideas

Black-Bean and Brown-Rice Cakes

Rating: Unrated
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These flavorful vegetarian cakes are easy to prep. Serve with a green salad and chips and salsa for a complete meal.

Guacamole with Black Beans

Classic guacamole is given a frightful twist for Halloween with black beans, jalapeño, and chipotle in adobo, which add serious heat. Dark blue corn tortilla chips are a must for dipping. 

Taco Salad

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.