Healthy Black Bean Recipes

Find healthy, delicious black bean recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Think of this vegetarian enchilada casserole as a veggie-packed Mexican lasagna with corn tortillas standing in for the noodles! If your peppers are mild and you like heat, opt for spicy pico de gallo. This easy vegetarian dinner recipe is sure to become a new family favorite.

No-Cook Black Bean Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars
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A classic black bean salad is a must for picnics and potlucks. This vegan version gets its creaminess from blended avocado. Any mix of salad greens will work well, but try arugula if you want to give this hearty salad a peppery kick.

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajita Bowls

Rating: 5 stars
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Skip the tortillas in favor of this warm fajita salad, which features a nutritious medley of chicken with roasted kale, bell peppers and black beans. The chicken, beans and vegetables are all cooked on the same pan, so this healthy dinner is easy to make and the cleanup is easy too.

Black Bean-Quinoa Bowl

Rating: 3.86 stars
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This black bean and quinoa bowl has many of the usual hallmarks of a taco salad, minus the fried bowl. We've loaded it up with pico de gallo, fresh cilantro and avocado plus an easy hummus dressing to drizzle on top.

Fiesta Appetizer Board

A jazzed-up guacamole takes center stage on this low-fuss snack board. A jumble of miniature bell peppers and tortilla chips serve as the sturdy scoopers, with slices of Colby Jack cheese as their creamy counterpart. Roasted red peppers provide tangy sweetness.

Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 4.29 stars
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Casseroles make perfect meal-prep dinners--this enchilada version is so easy to prep ahead. The whole casserole can be built and left to hang out in the refrigerator for up to three days. Then all you have to do is bake it off on a busy night and you have a healthy dinner on the table in a jiff. The quick homemade enchilada sauce in this recipe is great when you don't have any of the canned sauce on hand--just season crushed tomatoes with spices and salt for an instant enchilada sauce.

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Burgers

Rating: 4.75 stars
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These vegan sweet potato-black bean burgers spiced with curry powder are easy to make. Blending the mixture with your hands gives you a soft, uniform texture then the outside gets crispy by cooking in a cast-iron pan. To make this recipe gluten-free too, use gluten-free oats and serve the patty in a lettuce wrap, omitting the bun.

Chicken Enchiladas Verdes

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This easy, creamy chicken enchilada recipe uses premade green salsa for a quick enchilada sauce. Not in a verde mood? Use tomato salsa instead.

Black Bean Quesadillas

Rating: 4.64 stars
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In a hurry? These satisfying quesadillas take just 15 minutes to make. We like them with black beans, but pinto beans work well too. If you like a little heat, be sure to use pepper Jack cheese in the filling. Serve with: A little sour cream and a mixed green salad.

Two-Bean Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 4.67 stars
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This classic and comforting Mexican dish is easy to make on a busy weeknight.

Cuban Black Bean Soup

Unlike many black bean soups, this one is pepper-packed and leaves the beans intact for a more interesting texture. It's equally delicious served on its own or over rice.

Slow-Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos with Avocado Crema

Rating: 5 stars
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A rich, creamy topping made of mashed avocado, sour cream, lime juice and salt takes these spicy slow-cooker chicken tacos to the next level. Lightly toast the tortillas, if desired. Use any leftover avocado cream as a chip dip, and serve with tortilla chips.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Quick, Healthy Black Bean Soup Recipe

This quick and healthy black bean soup is made with a few basic ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.

Make 5-Ingredient Black Bean Quesadillas

These healthy vegetarian quesadillas are ready in just 15 minutes and only use five ingredients.

Vegan Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Rating: 5 stars
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Having a stash of flavorful bean burritos in your freezer means you'll always have a satisfying plant-based meal ready for a grab-and-go breakfast on a busy morning or to take to the campsite for an easy campfire meal. Our vegan breakfast filling--made with tofu and prepared to mimic scrambled eggs--is tossed with beans, veggies and salsa for a delicious and ultra-satisfying meal.