40 of the Best Recipes Using Black Beans


Over the past few months, we’ve been celebrating pantry staples and sharing a few of our favorite ways to use them. (Remember my chickpea round up?)

Today we’re talking all about those glorious black beans. I’ve been cooking with black beans ever since I can remember. My mom used to add black beans, chickpeas and other types of beans to her famous Puerto Rican recipes, which always inspired me to experiment with different types of beans.

Did you know that black beans are in the “pulses” family? Today I’m partnering up with USA Pulses to show some amazing ways to use black beans and to share all of the great ways to incorporate pulses into some of my favorite healthy staple recipes — from salads and soups to breakfast and even dessert!

What are pulses?

Pulses are dry peas, chickpeas, lentils and beans (like black beans!) They’re an amazing source of plant-based protein and fiber, and are extremely versatile for sweet and savory recipes. I especially love them because they’re shelf-stable and super nutritious — truly a pantry essential all year round.

Benefits of cooking with pulses

  • Low cost: a can of beans, chickpeas or lentils is usually under $2!
  • Packed with nutrients: one serving of black beans has 7g of protein and 6g of fiber.
  • Versatile: while there are plenty of savory lunch & dinner recipes that you can dream up using pulses, they’re also a great ingredient to bake with to make sweet treats.

Head to www.pulses.org for even more info, tips & tricks for cooking with pulses!

Black bean recipes for every meal

These healthy black bean recipes have tons of flavor and nutrients. I included a mix of sweet and savory recipes, plus plenty of gluten free and vegan black bean recipes. You’ll find burgers, enchiladas, chilis, salads, fun appetizers, breakfast ideas and even brownies! There’s truly a black bean recipe for every meal.

I hope you love these healthy black bean recipes! If you make any of them, be sure to head to the recipe to leave a comment and a rating. I really appreciate it — xo!

Apps & Snacks

hand scooping healthy 7-layer dip out of a glass pan with a chip

Fresh & Healthy 7-Layer Dip

Vegetarian Plantain & Black Bean Taco Cups

Ultimate Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

Tofu Vegan Nachos with Cashew Cheese Sauce

Hearty Salads

sweet potato taco bowl with black beans and avocado

Vegetarian Southwest Sweet Potato Taco Bowls

Fiesta Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Greek Yogurt Dressing

High-Protein Black Bean Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad with Pineapple Corn Salsa

Healthy Southwest Pasta Salad with Chipotle-Lime Greek Yogurt Dressing

Middle Eastern Chickpea & Black Bean Salad

Tacos, Enchiladas & Burritos

lifting a slice of black bean enchilada casserole with a spatula

Chipotle Black Bean Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole

Jalapeño Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Crema

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema

Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce

Low Carb Chicken Zucchini Enchilada Bake

Vegan Butternut Squash Lasagna with Garlic Tahini Tofu Cream

Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Enchilada Bake (or dip!)

Spicy Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas with Chipotle Greek Yogurt Sauce

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

Healthy Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Burritos

Chilis & Soups

bowl of vegetarian chili with black beans topped with lime, avocado and cilantro

Actually, the Best Vegetarian Chili Ever

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Quick & Easy Black Bean Soup

The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Black Bean Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili with Smoked Chipotle

Two-Bean and Corn Chipotle Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Black Bean Quinoa Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa & Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creative Dinner Ideas

tuna mac and cheese with black beans in a skillet

Stovetop Southwest Tuna Mac and Cheese

Ultimate Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Creamy Tahini Garlic Sauce

3-Ingredient Grilled Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Layered Roasted Veggie, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tortilla Pie

The Most Delicious Meatless Black Bean Loaf with Creamy Avocado Verde Sauce (vegan, gluten free)

Better Than Chipotle DIY Chicken Burrito Bowls

Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Black Bean, Corn & Sweet Potato

New Mexican Green Chile Black Bean Burgers

Sweet Treats

black bean muffin with chocolate chips on a wire rack

Flourless Black Bean Brownie Muffins

New & Improved Healthy Avocado Black Bean Brownies

This post is in partnership with USA Pulses. All text and opinions are my own.



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