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

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.

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!

Spicy Turkey Chili

Rating: 3.72 stars
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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.

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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Zucchini Tacos

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

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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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.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Rating: 3.54 stars
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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.

Guacamole with Black Beans

Rating: 4 stars
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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. 

Brown Rice and Black Beans

Rating: 3.12 stars
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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.

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.

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).
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Inspiration and Ideas

Pot of Beans
Rating: Unrated
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These pantry staples are versatile, healthful, and delicious. Count on them for simple, satisfying meals.
Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa
Rating: Unrated
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This pineapple salsa makes a great appetizer at any party that could use a sweet-and-spicy kick.

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

Rating: 3.75 stars
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This lighter version of the Mexican favorite is baked with a filling of cottage cheese and black beans, then topped with a simple tomato sauce. The enchiladas would also be great with Creamy Tomatillo Sauce.