Kidney Bean Recipes

Kidney beans, the variety of beans that is usually red and looks like the human organ (hence its name!), are a must for chilies, soups, salads, or combined with rice. Check out many delicious recipes here.

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Our Best Chili Recipes for Cold-Weather Days

From beef to turkey, vegetarian to vegan, there are chili recipes here for everyone.
By Frances Kim

30-Minute Chili

Rating: 3.42 stars
This easy chili recipe makes eight one-cup servings; if you reserve half, you'll also have enough for four servings of our Cheesy Hash-Brown Bake, a stick-to-your-ribs meal for later in the week.

Red-Bean Burgers with Avocado and Lime

Mashed kidney beans are amped up with carrots, chili powder, and oregano for these meatless burgers.

False Alarm Vegetable Chili

Rating: 4.03 stars
This is one of Joe Bonanno's most popular firehouse dishes. Choose a chili powder that suits your taste for heat. Leave the pot uncovered during simmering to allow excess water to evaporate and the chili to thicken.

Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili

Rating: 3.39 stars
This easy Crock-Pot chili recipe is courtesy of comedian Jimmy Fallon.

Hearty Chicken Chili

Rating: 3.57 stars
A bowl of this comfort-food chicken chili for dinner will leave even the most dedicated meat eater satisfied. The recipe was featured on "Mad Hungry" TV.  

Rice-and-Bean Salad Bowl with Tahini Sauce

Our glorious grain bowl calls for making the brown rice in advance, but even if you start from scratch, you can get the whole dish on the table in under an hour.

Cuban Red Beans and Rice

Rating: 3.94 stars
In this easy version of a classic Cuban dish, red kidney beans are seasoned with onion, bell pepper, garlic, cumin, and oregano. If you prefer black beans, use them instead, or sprinkle the dish with cilantro.

Freezer Burritos

Rather than ordering takeout on a weeknight, take out an ingenious preassembled meal. Saute some minced garlic and chili powder and stir in cooked beans; spread it on a tortilla; and layer on cooked rice, cheese, and any shredded meat and vegetables you like. Then swaddle and stash in the freezer -- the burritos can be defrosted in the microwave or oven and couldn't be more satisfying.

Pepper, Pineapple, and Bean Breakfast Tacos

These tacos have a lot of kick, but the hot sauce can be dialed back as needed. Subbing in cool Greek yogurt for sour cream eliminates almost all the fat and increases satiating protein.

Chili with Chicken and Beans

Rating: 3.66 stars
If you like, spice up this robust chili by adding chopped fresh hot chile peppers. You can also replace the canned beans with cooked dried beans; if you do so, use the bean cooking liquid to replace half the chicken stock.

Inspiration and Ideas

Classic Five-Bean Salad

Different kinds of beans cook at different rates, so it's best to prepare them in separate pans (working in batches if necessary). The salad can be made with just a few types instead of all five, as long as the total amount of dried beans still measures 2 1/2 cups.

Three-Bean Salad

Our rendition of this classic salad is infused with a homemade vinaigrette.