These Easy & Delicious Black Bean Recipes are so tasty! Try incorporating these cheap canned beans into soups, salads and meal prep bowls.
The Best Black Bean Recipes
Black beans are one of my favourite vegetarian protein options. They're super versatile and can be used in so many dishes, whether you're making salad, burrito bowls, soup and more! I rounded up some of my favourite black bean recipes to help you get started with this yummy legume.
How to cook black beans
For these black bean recipes, you can use either canned black beans or cook your own dry black beans. Here are two ways you can cook dry black beans:
- Instant Pot: This is the easiest method, and doesn't require any soaking. Check out my Instant Pot black beans recipe for detailed instructions.
- Stovetop: Rinse the black beans, then bring them to a simmer on the stovetop and cook uncovered for about an hour until cooked through. Check out this dry black beans recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
These black bean recipes are full of flavour with different spices, seasonings and sauces, and the black beans will soak up the flavour of whatever you're cooking them with. If you're just cooking plain black beans, you can add in some salt and pepper, lime juice, cumin or any spices of your choice.
If you're cooking dry black beans, you can soak them in water first beforehand, but it's not required. Soaking them before cooking will help them cook faster and more evenly.
Yes! If you're using dry black beans, you'll need to rinse them before cooking to remove any debris; and if you're using canned black beans, you'll need to drain and rinse them to get rid of all the excess starch and salt.
Canned black beans are already cooked, so you don't need to worry about cooking them further. For most of these recipes, they'll warm up alongside the rest of the ingredients.
Meal Prep Bowls
Want a healthy high-protein meal? These bowls featuring black beans are perfect to pack up for lunch or even breakfast!
These salads are an excellent way to include black beans in your diet. They're delicious, flavourful, but best of all, easy to make!
These black bean soups and chilis are hearty and healthy! They make an excellent dinner on a cold and dreary day.
Other Black Bean Recipes
Looking for more black bean recipes? Try any of these favourites ranging from black bean burgers to even flour-less brownies!
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