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 Favorite Chili Recipes for Cold-Weather Days

From beef to turkey, vegetarian to vegan, we have a delicious chili recipe here for everyone.
By Frances Kim

30-Minute Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 647
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 stars 72
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: 3.5 stars 1918
This easy Crock-Pot chili recipe is courtesy of comedian Jimmy Fallon.

Hearty Chicken Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 72
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.  

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.

Cuban Red Beans and Rice

Rating: 4 stars 33
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.

Vegetarian Three-Bean Chili

This chili is also delicious served over white or brown rice or with warmed tortillas on the side.

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.

Vegetable Chili

This vegetarian chili was adapted from photographer Helen Norman's recipe.

Sam's Vegetarian Bean Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 63
This vegetarian chili is light yet hearty. Perfect for a weeknight dinner, it comes together in minutes with ingredients you might have handy in your pantry.

Inspiration and Ideas

Mixed-Bean Salad
Rating: Unrated 124
This easy three-bean salad can be served warm or at room temperature. It makes a nice side dish for grilled pork, blackened fish or chicken.
Bean-and-Veggie Sliders
Rating: 3.5 stars 136

These mini bean-and-veggie burgers take inspiration from Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. Blended beans and rice are the basis of these sliders, which are supercharged with grated carrots, broccoli, and ginger. Top them with cilantro and sliced mango for the brightest burgers ever.