12 Black Bean Recipes

Black Bean Chili
Use leftover brisket to enhance a bean chili

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Black beans are a tasty, versatile, high-protein ingredient and their mild flavor makes them a great base for so many of our favorite dishes. It's worth learning how to make beans from scratch but if you don't have time, open up a can. These recipes range from tasty, small plates to stick-to-your-ribs mains, some of these recipes are vegetarian and others are meaty, but all of them celebrate the wonderful black bean.

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    Vegan Spicy Black Bean Burger

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    You'll need a food processor for this one. With corn meal as a binding ingredient, these black bean patties fry up easily on the grill or stovetop, just like a regular beef burger. With lettuce, tomato, and any other topping you prefer, these spicy burgers are a perfect summer dinner.

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    Creole Style Crock Pot Black Beans and Sausage

    Diana Rattray

    Spicy andouille sausage, black beans, and a healthy serving of a variety of spices makes this creole style crock pot dish with black beans and sausage a southern favorite. Served alongside some classic corn bread, these beans are the soul food of your dreams.

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    Cheesey Salsa Verde Rive and Black Beans Breakfast Bowl

    Stephanie Kirkos

    The breakfast bowl could be eaten at any time of day. This recipe requires brown rice, black beans, salsa verde, two large eggs cooked over easy, and cheddar cheese. Feel free to add avocado slices if you're looking to treat yourself!

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    Crock Pot Fiesta Chicken and Black Beans

    Diana Rattray

    This fiesta chicken with black beans dish takes seven hours to simmer in a slow cooker or crock pot. We reccomend using chicken thighs, and possibly thinning the mixture out with some chicken broth or water if you're cooking at a higher temperature. Otherwise, serve with rice, sour cream, and guacamole.

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    Black Beans and Yellow Rice

    Caribbean-Style Black Beans and Yellow Rice

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    For a classic yellow rice and black beans side dish, look no further. This recipe is a staple of Caribbean cuisine, and perfect to serve alongside a chicken based main. Sofrito is the key ingredient here, a tasty vegetable and spice puree.

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    Vegetarian Empanadas With Black Beans and Corn

    Vegetarian empanada recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Ulyana Verbytska

    For incredible savory empanadas that skip the meat, try these vegetarian empanadas with black beans and corn. We reccomend making both the filling and the dough in advance and chilling overnight. This will make the dough soft, smooth, and ready to be shaped.

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    Spicy Peruvian Style Black Beans

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    These black beans are cooked in a Peruvian style called "escabechado," which translates to something like "pickled." Spicy Peruvian style black beans make a great side dish or main when plated with rice but also make a great addition to a burrito or salsa dip.

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    Meatloaf With Black Beans

    Diana Rattray

    If your family members aren't fans of meat loaf, they will be now. This meatloaf uses ground beef and black beans along with a mixture of spices for a classic southwestern flavor. Top with salsa or tomatoes with green chiles.

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    Gluten Free and Vegan Black Bean Chili

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    Chili has never been easier. With pre-cooked black beans and tomato sauce from a can along with instant rice, you've got a healthy, gluten free, vegan dinner at only 541 calories. Black bean chili is a winter classic when you're looking for something to fill you up on a cold day.

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    Tex Mex Macaroni and Black Bean Salad

    Diana Rattray

    Update your tired macaroni salad recipe to this spicy tex mex version. With lime juice and chili seasoned mayo in the dressing, this dish will be a knockout at your next barbecue or backyard get together.

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    Chicken Bake With Black Beans, Corn, and Salsa

    Chicken Casserole With Black Beans, Corn, and Salsa

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

    Bakes and casseroles can be frozen and re-served whenever you need an easy meal. This chicken bake includes classic southwestern fare like black beans, corn, salsa, and plenty of cheese. Serve with rice for a weeknight dinner or as a potluck offering.

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    Vegan Black Bean and Mango Salad

    Black bean and mango salad recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    A light, sweety and savory summer salad like this black bean and mango dish is a great lunch item or pre-dinner appetizer. We reccomend using sea salt or kosher salt rather than regular table salt, and freshly squeezed lime juice rather than bottled. This salad is vegan and doesn't contain gluten.