All you need is a can of black beans (order them here!) and a few other ingredients to make these 14 creative and delicious black beans recipes. From chili to soup, making dinner with your canned black beans couldn't be any easier. Most of these recipes take less than 30 minutes start-to-finish, making them perfect for your weeknight meals.
If cook time isn't an issue, many of these black bean recipes can also be done in a slow cooker. Using a slow cooker allows all the flavors like cayenne pepper, red onion, and chopped cilantro to really come together. You'll create everything from burritos and quesadillas to a big ole plate of nachos or taco salad.
14 Black Bean Recipes Using Canned Black Beans
Mexican Black Beans
Simple and hearty, this side dish is on the table in less than 30 minutes. All you need is canned black beans, taco seasoning, cumin, oregano, onion powder, a bay leaf, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Black Bean Burgers
Looking for a meat-alternative to your burger nights? Not only is this vegetarian (and gluten-free if you use gluten-free buns), this may be the best black bean burger you'll ever have. An addition of avocado and caramelized onions bring this veggie burger over the top.
Black Bean Soup
Full of flavors like bacon (10 slices!), cilantro, and onions, this can of black bean recipe takes about 20 minutes from prep time to finish, making the total time less than an episode of Friends.
Black Bean Brownies
Didn't expect a dessert in this recipe list did ya?! Gluten-free and loaded with chocolate, these black bean brownies taste like the real thing!
Black Bean Taquitos
Cheap and filling, diced green chilies, cream cheese, and hot sauce flavor this black bean dish. Serve with sour cream and salsa for a deliciously easy meal.
Black Bean Dip
You are only three ingredients away from this yummy dip! Vegan, gluten-free and super filling, pair this dip with tortilla chips, guacamole, or cut veggies.
Black Bean Enchilada Casserole
It's like an enchilada without rolling up each individual tortilla! Flavor this casserole with red enchilada sauce, red bell pepper, corn, and shredded cheddar cheese. This meatless main dish is the southwestern casserole you've been craving.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
Flavorful and filling, Tender chunks of sweet potatoes pair with fire-roasted tomatoes and black beans to create a hearty chili best served with a hunk of cornbread.
Quinoa Mango Black Bean Salad
Sweet and spicy, this Quinoa Mango Black Bean Salad is perfect for a lunch or potluck dinner. Omit the adobo sauce for a milder dressing.
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Serve this side along with grilled chicken and brown rice for a complete meal.
Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Fulfilling and healthy, these baked sweet potatoes are flavored with ground cumin, chili powder, garlic cloves, and a hint of lime juice.
Packed with protein, this one-pot pasta is the perfect weeknight meal.
Black Bean Tacos
It's taco Tuesday every day with black bean tacos! Topped with a crunchy jalapeno and corn salsa, these tacos are hard to put down.
Black Bean and Turkey Chili
Red pepper, bay leaves, and chili powder add a punch to this stick-to-your-bones dinner.
Originally published April 3, 2020