Need some new black bean recipes to jazz up your mealtimes? Oh, we’ve got them! From breakfast to dinner and even dessert, these Healthy Black Bean Recipes are supremely satisfying, loaded with nutrition, and totally delicious.
We're huge fans of beans here on HNL, and black beans are definitely among our favourite beans. They're tasty, they're super nutritious, and they're incredibly versatile. With 15 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein in a one cup serving, black beans are a nutrition superstar!
You can check out our archive of Bean Recipes for recipes with all different types of beans, but here we've gathered all of our favourite Healthy Black Bean Recipes into one place. We've got savory black bean recipes, sweet black bean recipes, vegan black bean recipes, and everything in between!
12 Black Bean Recipes:
1. How to Cook Black Beans from Scratch
Are you tired of canned black beans? (So salty! Kind of stinky!) Ready to take your bean game up a notch? Let's cook 'em from scratch! This tutorial covers four easy methods for cooking dried black beans to perfection. They’re cheaper, tastier, and the texture is miles better than the canned version. Use them in all your favourite black bean recipes!
2. Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie
This smoothie is a creamy chocolatey dream come true, but psst—it has a secret ingredient. Instead of pricey protein powders, this Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie gets a boost of plant-based protein from black beans. It's also naturally sweetened with nothing but banana and dates, and it’s both vegan and dairy-free.
3. Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos
Holy guacamole! This tasty Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos recipe is an HNL fave, and it’s easy to see why—they’re easy to whip up, ideal for meal prep, and jam-packed with beans and veggies! There’s no excuse not to eat a healthy lunch when you’ve got a stash of these bad boys in the freezer.
4. Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Give me a bowl of salsa and I'm a happy girl. Put beans in that salsa? Hoo baby, I am one happy Nutrition Lady! This Black Bean and Corn Salsa is made with charred corn, fresh tomatoes, lots of cilantro, jalapeno for heat, and red onions that have been quick-pickled in the dressing for the salsa to mellow them out a bit. It's perfect as an appetizer, snack, side dish, or you can double the recipe and have it as a salad.
5. Instant Pot Black Beans
Looking for a bean recipe that won't soak up all your time? Break out your Instant Pot and have black beans on the table lickety-split! My Instant Pot Black Beans take just five minutes to prep and only 28 minutes to cook. These beans are perfect for tucking into tacos, pairing with rice, piling onto vegan nachos, and using in all your favourite black bean recipes.
6. Easy Black Bean Burgers
Are you on the hunt for the ultimate veggie burger? (Who isn’t, right?) Well, this is it. Not only are these Black Bean Burgers tasty, hearty, and incredibly easy, they’re also grillable so you can add them to the menu for your next backyard barbecue. Made with black beans (duh!), rolled oats, lots of veggies, and smoky chipotle peppers, these black bean burgers are easy to make and delicious to eat.
7. Black Bean Burrito Bake
Raise your hand if you can never get your burritos to hold together. If you’re tired of biting into exploding burritos, then this Black Bean Burrito Bake is the black bean recipe for you. All the Tex-Mex goodness of a black bean burrito, without the rolling! Made with black beans, corn, peppers, zucchini and cilantro, this black bean recipe is mega delicious - skip the cheese for a vegan version if you like.
8. Sheet Pan Halloumi Tacos with Cauliflower and Black Beans
Who needs multiple pans when you can achieve cheesy taco perfection in just one? This one-pan wonder makes a full taco dinner on a sheet pan, with spiced halloumi, cauliflower, and, of cousre, black beans. Use it to make taco bowls or add it to your favourite warm tortillas for an easy and healthy taco dinner. Sheet Pan Halloumi Tacos for the win!
9. Black Bean Fudge Pops
Who says desserts can't be healthy and delicious? These vegan Black Bean Fudge Pops are the perfect chilly treat for a scorching summer day. Packed with protein and naturally-sweetened, this frozen chocolate dessert is made with black beans—but you won’t even know it! Even your kids won't be able to resist these chocolatey pops.
10. Instant Pot Vegan Chili
Bookmark this black bean recipe for fall! This easy Instant Pot Vegan Chili is a staple in my house when the days begin to get shorter and the weather starts to cool down. It’s smoky, hearty, and there’s a touch of sweetness thanks to the butternut squash. In addition to beans, this chili recipe has quinoa in it for double the protein!
11. Vegetarian Burrito Bowls
Can’t get enough burritos? Me either! These One-Pan Vegetarian Burrito Bowls are some of our favourite black bean recipes because, well, they're so dang easy! Everything gets dumped into one pan and roasted to perfection, then spooned into bowls. Made with black beans, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and peppers, these burrito bowls are vegan, gluten-free, and incredibly delicious.
12. Baked Taquitos with Pumpkin and Black Beans
Black beans and pumpkin might not be at the top of your list when you think about classic food combinations, but they should be! And this duo especially shines in these crispy Baked Taquitos. This black bean recipe is easy, cheesy, and sure to please-y—they’re a kid favourite that’s freezer-friendly too.
13. Vegetarian Quesadillas
If you loved those baked taquitos, then you’re going to flip for these Vegetarian Quesadillas! Adding pumpkin to quesadillas gives them a deliciously gooey filling without having to use gobs and gobs of cheese. Plus, since these quesadillas are baked, the hands-on time is minimal, making this the ideal black bean recipe for busy weeknights.