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Delicious Black Bean Recipes

March 30, 2020 (Last Updated: April 24, 2020)

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Black beans are a pantry staple. Canned or dried, these beans are perfect for adding to many dishes. This collection of delicious black bean recipes ranges from appetizers, to soups and salads, to main dishes and even desserts! 

Black beans cooked in an electric pressure cooker.

Black Beans

I always have black beans in my pantry. I really like to use dried whenever I can, but I also keep several cans of black beans on the shelves too. Sometimes I need a quick dish and having beans ready to go saves a lot of time. 

Black beans are a great way to add extra nutrients to a dish. Some of the nutritional benefits include:

  • High in protein
  • High in fiber
  • Low in fat
  • High in magnesium
  • High in phosphate
  • High in potassium
  • High in folate

Dried Black Beans

Dried black beans are very low in cost and they have a shelf life of 2-3 years. Beans older than that may still be good. Check and discard if you find any rancid or sour odor, insect infestation or mold. Faded beans are still good and can be used. 

Older beans sometimes take longer to cook.

Canned Black Beans

When buying black beans, I often try to buy low sodium beans. For many recipes, I rinse and drain the canned beans. This removes the sauce the beans are packed in and leaves just the cooked beans. 

Cooking Dried Black Beans

My favorite way to cook black beans is in an electric pressure cooker or instant pot. My recipe for Instant Pot Black Beans is fast and easy.  You could also use this stove top method

Instant Pot Black Beans were cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot!

Appetizers with Black Beans

Mini taco shells filled with beans, guacamole, cheese and a black olive.

Soups with Black Beans

A fresh squeeze of lime on a delicious bowl of enchilada soup.

Salads with Black Beans

A large bowl filled with rice, black beans, tomatoes and avocadoes.

Main Dishes with Black Beans

Casserole dish filled with black beans, quinoa and topped with melted cheese.melted

Desserts with Black Beans

PIN this collection of delicious black bean recipes for later! A large bowl filled with cooked black beans topped with a fresh green herb.


If you make any of these recipes, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

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  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 31, 2020 at 3:42 am

    What a fun theme for this post, Kathy! I do love black beans, and we make sure to always keep several cans around. There was the time I went to make tacos a couple of months ago only to find that we were out of black beans. That won’t happen again! Thanks for the inspiration here. Those Black Bean Quesadillas are calling my name!

    • Reply
      March 31, 2020 at 7:25 am

      I always try to keep some on hand at all times too.

  • Reply
    March 30, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    That Enchilada Back is calling my name. 😉 I also always have black beans on hand. (Especially right now with the quarantine.) Great to have a few new recipe for them. ~Valentina

    • Reply
      March 31, 2020 at 7:27 am

      Having a stocked pantry is a great idea. We usually have several types of beans, including black beans.

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