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Jonathan Cartu Announces: 30 Easy Black Bean Recipes — Cooking with Black Beans

30 Easy Black Bean Recipes — Cooking with Black Beans

Jonathan Cartu Announces: 30 Easy Black Bean Recipes — Cooking with Black Beans

If you’re looking to add more versatile, easy-to-store, nutritious weeknight staple ingredients to your grocery list, then one of the best places you can turn is to the canned bean aisle of your local grocery store. Canned beans have it all: They’re nutritious—high in fiber as well as protein—and they are relatively inexpensive and easy to store. They’re also fast to cook with, and you can make them into dozens of different meals. While there are plenty of types of beans to choose from, we’re particularly partial to canned black beans, partly because they’re just so useful.

No can opener? No problem! You can always practice these techniques on how to open a can without a can opener, if you’re in a pinch. (Though you might want to pick one up for the long term. Here’s a good one that’s not expensive.)

You can use black beans to make all kinds of dishes, from cowboy caviar to salads and burritos to chili. They make a healthy addition to a loaded plate of nachos, and you can even blend them into brownies to add a little sneaky nutrition to an after-school snack or a post-dinner treat. And if you’re trying to eat healthier or cut back on your meat, black beans are great as a topping for stuffed sweet potatoes. In fact, in the world of quick, easy dinners, canned black beans are possibly the ultimate ingredient; open the can and you’re halfway to a finished meal!

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Vegetarian Chili with Grains and Beans

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Black Bean-and-Pineapple Salad

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Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

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Pumpkin, Beef, and Black Bean Chili

One of the best ways to use winter squash, the pumpkin adds a lot of flavor to this take on black bean chili.

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Black Bean and Avocado Salsa

If you’re less into spice, you can de-seed the jalapeños, or skip them altogether.

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Carrot-and-Black Bean Crispy Tacos

Mashed black beans, flavored with plenty of spice, make the base for these super tasty, super crunchy vegetarian tacos.

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Friday Night Loaded Nachos

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Huevos Rancheros

There’s something undeniably amazing about the combo of egg yolk, crunchy tortilla, and black beans.

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Cuban Black Bean Soup

This classic soup is a hearty meal all by itself, but you won’t regret having a bit of crusty bread to dip in it.

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Chicken and Black Bean Fajita Stir-Fry

All the flavor of your favorite fajitas, but all the ease of a simple stir fry, made even easier by using your favorite jarred salsa.

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Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas

The trick to making these tostadas super fast? Use rotisserie chicken.

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Black Bean Veggie Burger with Couscous

Black beans make for delicious homemade veggie burgers.

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Honey-Rum Baked Black Beans

Baked beans isn’t just for white beans. Rum and chorizo give this dish some serious flavor.

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Tricia Yearwood’s Cheeseless Black Bean Lasagna

Whether you’re going dairy free or just trying to switch things up, this vegan version is flavorful and hearty.

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Black Bean-and-Chile Soup

Another great take on black beans in soup, this easy dish gets a ton of flavor from fresh chiles.

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Tex-Mex Black Bean Soup

Try this Tex-makes take on black bean soup, which uses both black and refried beans.

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Corn Fritters with Black Bean Salad

These fritters benefit from using fresh corn — frozen corn will cause the oil in the pan to splatter.

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Tricia Yearwood’s Fancy Chili

Tricia Yearwood makes some healthy swaps in this recipe, including adding shredded carrots and a combo of black and refried beans to add thickness.

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Bean and Corn–Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This easy, low-carb dinner comes together in a jiffy, and is guaranteed to satisfy the hungriest eater.

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Butternut Squash and Chicken Chili

Ground chicken keeps this healthy dish much lower in saturated fat. Fresh jalapeños guarantee you won’t want for flavor.

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Easy Chicken-Rice Burritos

Homemade burritos are surprisingly easy to make. And because you choose exactly what goes in, they’re always full of exactly what you want.

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Black Bean Quesadillas

Fresh guacamole makes this kid-friendly dinner a hit with the adults too.

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Tex-Mex Chicken Soup

Now you can have the classic flavors of a chicken soup outside of your favorite Mexican restaurant.

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Easy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers With Mango and Black Beans

These old-school throwbacks aren’t the stuffed peppers Grandma made. The nutty flavor of quinoa, and the bright sweetness of mango are welcome additions.

Get the recipe at Dishing Out Health.

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Cilantro Lime Quinoa with Black Beans

This easy, healthy take on rice and beans makes the most of lime juice and cilantro.

Get the recipe at Joyful Healthy Eats.

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Double Chocolate Chip Black Bean Almond Butter Brownies

How rich and amazing are these dark chocolate brownies? They’re so good you might forget that the black beans are adding some sneaky nutrition.

Get the recipe at Dishing Out Health.

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