13 Amazing Black Bean Recipes

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Black beans are so versatile and delicious, not to mention that they are good for you. Serve with rice or as a healthy addition to soups, salads, and pasta dishes. We have some amazing Black bean recipes that are vegan and oil-free to share with you!

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My family includes black beans in nachos, tacos, burritos, dips, pasta dishes, and so much more. I’ve even been known to add them to my grits for breakfast in the mornings.

Seriously! The uses for these healthy legumes are only limited by your imagination!

black beans in wooden bowl
Cooked beans have a whopping 7 grams of fiber per half-cup serving.

Cooking black beans

Whether you buy black beans in a can already cooked, make them from scratch on the stovetop, or pop them in an InstantPot for a quick cook, you can’t go wrong. They are inexpensive, nutritious, and soooo delicious.

If you decide to make them from scratch, you might be surprised that they don’t have to be soaked. As a matter of fact, they’re better if you skip the soaking altogether–less mushy and deeper in color.

They can be cooked on the stovetop in 2 hours flat. In an InstantPot, it takes only 25 minutes.

Black bean nutrition facts (1/2 cup cooked)

  • high in folic acid and magnesium
  • good source of potassium and iron
  • 8 grams of protein
  • less than 1 gram of fat
  • 7 grams of fiber
  • 113 calories
Wooden bowls full of dry black beans on aged wooden table closeup.

Black Bean Recipes

At my house, we eat beans every single day, and black beans are some of our favorites. These are a few of our favorite black bean recipes. Click on each of the photos, recipe titles, or 'Get the Recipe' buttons to see full recipes with ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button.

Nutrition in beans

Beans are a nutritious, natural source of fiber. One cup of cooked beans or lentils provides between 17 and 18 g of fiber. Fiber assists the transport of food through your digestive tract, supporting colon health and preventing constipation. Fiber also plays a role in healthy cholesterol levels. 

Beans and lentils offer naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, which are better absorbed than nutritional supplements. Beans and lentils offer folate, a B vitamin important to red blood cell functioning and the prevention of specific neural tube birth defects. Beans are also a source of the minerals potassium, iron and magnesium.

Potassium helps regulate muscle function, including your heart, by keeping your body’s fluid and mineral levels in balance. Iron is essential to energy as it assists your red blood cells transport oxygen throughout your body. Magnesium supports bone health, organ function and energy production.–LiveStrong

Also, be sure to check out our Black Bean Recipes page. 

About Terri Edwards

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5 Comments

  1. This is a great tip! I am writing 31 days of creative homemaking and I have a slow cooker tips post coming up! Will definitely link over to this post! Gotta love that slow cooker…such a miracle worker!
    Holly Hooper

  2. it’s such a complete “brain save” for me. I literally do nothing.The texture ends up being a tad different, but not enough that my family has ever noticed. 🙂 The kids love having it cooked in baggies too because I will keep some in the fridge and it makes them much more apt to cook up something on their own. 🙂
    CrazyAsk

  3. These meatballs are so good. My family loves them…kids included. They’ve become my “go to” turkey meatball recipe. I’ve made them quite a few times and finally decided I should say thank you for a good recipe. Thank you .
    Joseph Donahue

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