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13 Black Bean Recipes To Make If You’ve Spent Too Much on Presents

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Spending too much money on presents can only mean one thing…beans for dinner! But have no fear, these easy recipes are anything but bland and boring. These black bean recipes are nutritious, delicious, and budget-friendly! Many of these recipes call for cooked black beans, which you can buy canned for convenience or cook them from scratch to save even more money at the store.

1. Refried Black Beans

Bowl of refried black beans.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

These refried black beans from canned beans are just SO good (and easy) that I’m not sure we can go back to canned ones. This recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients and take just 15 minutes to make. Then there are endless ways to use them.

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2. Black Bean Tostadas

Black bean tostadas with fresh toppings.
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

These tostadas are my favorite type of meal for families – DIY and totally customizable. Put out all of the ingredients and let everyone make their own black bean tostada, according to their own preferences. This meal is delicious and cheap.

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3. Bean & Cheese Burrito

Stack of bean and cheese burritos.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

This is the bean and cheese burrito recipe you’ll find yourself making on repeat! Not only is it made with simple and nutritious ingredients, but it’s also ready to eat in just 10 minutes. With layers of refried black beans and stretchy cheddar cheese, this burrito doesn’t disappoint.

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4. Black Bean Quesarito

Black bean quesarito with lettuce and tomato garnish
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Yes this black bean quesarito is a Taco Bell copycat! Because who doesn’t want to make a bean burrito out of a cheese quesadilla?! It just makes sense and turns out it’s totally delicious, incredibly easy, and a really (really!) filling meal. 

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5. Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast egg tacos with fresh toppings.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Creamy egg tacos are combined with refried black beans, caramelized onions, and a chipotle sour cream sauce. Top with fresh toppings like avocado and cilantro and serve with an espresso tonic for the perfect brunch menu!

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6. Black Bean Avocado & Corn Salad

Bowl of black bean corn avocado salad
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

This easy black bean avocado corn salad is ready in just 15 minutes and makes a nutritious and delicious snack, party dip, side dish, or salad. The salad is tossed with a zesty lime vinaigrette and is full of bright flavors, textures, and nutritious ingredients.

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7. Black Bean Quinoa Salad

quinoa salad on plate
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

This quinoa salad with black beans makes a light and healthy meal, and it’s full of plant-based protein and flavor. Cold quinoa salads like this one are just so perfect this time of year. Not only are they great for summer parties, or dinners out on the patio, but they are also fantastic for meal prep lunches.

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8. Black Bean Tempeh

Photo Credit: Full of Plants.

This 3-ingredient black bean tempeh is just as delicious as the original soybean one. It’s nutty, holds together perfectly, and is great for soy-free recipes! AND it becomes insanely delicious once marinated and cooked.

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9. Chipotle Black Bean Burger

Photo Credit: My Pure Plants.

This chipotle black bean burger recipe inspired by MorningStar’s spicy black bean burger is packed with flavorful ingredients like black beans, sweet corn, adobo sauce, and spices such as cumin, smoked paprika, basil, and oregano. The patties are easy to handle, and perfect for grilling, frying, or baking. 

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10. Black Bean Brownies

Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry.

These black bean brownies are brownies that use black beans as a base instead of flour or other ingredients. It’s a tasty way to add some extra nutrition to your dessert.

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11. Black Bean Tacos

Photo Credit: Always Use Butter.

These vegetarian tacos are filled with refried black beans, and crumbled feta cheese and topped with heaps of homemade pico de gallo. YUM. This quick and easy taco recipe is sure to have you coming back for more!

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12. Copycat Panera Black Bean Soup

Photo Credit: Keeping the Peas.

This Panera’s black bean soup copycat is WAY better than the original! This version has all the same flavors, only they’re amped up. Plus there are nice chunks of veggies rather than just a few red peppers floating around. You’re going to love it.

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13. Instant Pot Rice & Beans

Photo Credit: Piping Pot Curry.

These Instant Pot rice and beans are flavorful, easy to make, and wonderfully delicious. Just dump brown rice, beans, broth, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spices and you’re free to go. It’s naturally vegan and gluten-free.

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