Groceries are expensive, there is no denying it! Utilizing black beans as a nutritious component is a delicious way to save some cash at the store. Are you ready to take black beans to the next level with these exciting recipes that go beyond the basics? We’ve rounded up 13 wholesome and flavorful dishes made with black beans. Not only are black beans a great source of protein and fiber, but they’re also incredibly affordable, especially if you use dried beans. Most of these recipes call for cooked black beans, which you can buy canned for convenience or just be sure to leave some time to cook them from scratch.
1. Refried Black Beans
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.
2. Black Bean Tostadas
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.
3. Bean & Cheese Burrito
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.
4. Black Bean Quesarito
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.
5. Breakfast Tacos
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!
6. Black Bean Avocado & Corn Salad
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.
7. Black Bean Quinoa Salad
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.
8. Black Bean Tempeh
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.
9. Chipotle Black Bean Burger
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.
10. Black Bean Brownies
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.
11. Black Bean Tacos
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!
12. Copycat Panera Black Bean Soup
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.
13. Instant Pot Rice & Beans
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.