Seriously, these recipes are so good.
There’s a world of healthy, easy black bean recipes waiting in each 15 oz. can on the shelf (even the ones that have been in your pantry for months). Opening a can of black beans is like releasing a recipe genie from its bottle — it will grant you spicy, colorful, Mexican-inspired black bean recipes, hearty, can’t-believe-it’s-vegan recipes, and variations on soup that you never could have imagined. Plus, you get wayyy more than three wishes.
If you have a can of black beans in your pantry, dinner (and breakfast ... and lunch) is not far away. There’s even a little something for dessert.
What do you eat black beans with?
If you’re just not sure how to eat black beans, try adding them to meals you already love. Wraps, salads, and tacos of any kind can benefit from the smooth, creamy texture and mild taste of a black bean. If you’re a vegetarian, it’s a great source of plant-based protein. From black beans and rice (or riced cauliflower!) to the best bean chili, we’ve got ideas for delicious, inexpensive, complete meals.
Are black beans really good for you?
Short answer? Yes — black beans are really good for you. More than just a great source of protein (one cup contains 15 grams!), black beans are loaded with fiber, magnesium, and potassium. The fiber-packed legume helps you stay fuller for longer, plus, black beans provide both soluble and insoluble fiber — which can help decrease LDL cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease. The magnesium in black beans is key for bone health, while the potassium can help improve your blood pressure numbers.
There are plenty of reasons to make black beans your new pantry staple — and delicious weeknight dinner star.