Six of Our Best Black Bean Recipes

The first food problem I encountered when moving abroad to Germany, was the scarcity of black bean dishes. Having been used to black beans being as ubiquitous as water, I was startled by their absence. So much so that when I traveled home for Christmas, I loaded my suitcase with a dozen cans. I admit it was a bit dramatic, but after having raved to my friends there about all the things one could cook with them, I couldn't return without. Check out our best black bean dishes.
By: Anna Becker / 11/06/2018 / Recipes
Black Bean Chili with Cheddar Crisps

1. Black Bean Burgers with Sriracha Mayonnaise

Veggie burgers get a bad rap. Not ours, made with black beans, soy sauce and sesame seeds— they’ve won over even our toughest meat-loving critics. Could be thanks to the Sriracha that seasons both the patties as well as the special sauce spread on the toasted brioche buns. Topped off with cilantro sprigs and marinated cucumbers, these burgers are a hearty, oh-so-satisfying vegetarian meal in themselves.

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2. Black Bean & Corn Nachos with Charred Jalapeño Crema

We’d never say no to loaded nachos for dinner—there’s nothing like the combination of cheese and crunchy corn chips. We wanted to recreate some of those flavors and textures in a homemade version, featuring oven-baked tortillas, charred corn, jalapeño, fresh cilantro. A drizzle of sour cream and squeeze of fresh lime juice bring them together. Just promise you’ll still get in there with your hands. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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3. Chorizo and Black Bean Tortas with Queso and Lime Crema

Even though the olympics are over, we’re hoping to set a record for Fastest Dinner Ever with this dish. A torta can be many things in the food world: a cake in Italy, an omelette in Spain, and as in this recipe, a traditional Mexican sandwich. Ours boasts layers of flavorful chorizo, creamy beans, crunchy lettuce, and salty queso fresco. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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4. Black Bean Chili with Cheddar Crisps

There’s nothing better than a hearty chili on a chill-i (ha!) day. And when it's accompanied by homemade cheddar crisps, like this one is, you’ll be wishing for sweater weather everyday. The trick to a thick consistency is one of our favorite #smartcooking techniques: adding finely chopped tortillas to the pot! The result is a delicious and filling meal in a bowl. Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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5. Black Bean Quinoa Bowl with Spicy Snap Peas & Radish Salad

Black beans and quinoa make for a pretty festive grain bowl, especially when you throw fresh cilantro, and tangy lime-dressed radishes in the mix. Crisp, sweet snap peas and sliced jalapeño are broiled to concentrate flavor, then tossed with the vinaigrette and piled on top of the grains and beans. Feel free to leave out the jalapeño or amp them up to suit your own tastes! Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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6. Black Bean-Sweet Potato Tacos with Cilantro & Sour Cream

You've never had veggie tacos quite like these before! Hearty roasted sweet potatoes and onions are layered under mashed black beans, melted cheddar, and sour cream. Corn tortillas, lightly toasted in the oven, become just sturdy enough to hold all of the filling. A fresh sprinkling of cilantro finishes it all off! Cook, relax, and enjoy!

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