7 Ways to Turn a Can of Black Beans into a Healthy Dinner

Black beans recipes
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Updated Apr 20, 2020 @ 12:01 pm

By Isadora Baum

Black beans are a great pantry staple item, since they are affordable, versatile, and easy to use with whatever you’ve got on hand for simple, fast meals. And since they are neutral in flavor, they take on so many other cuisines and dishes, and their nutrition is high, with lots of fiber, protein, iron, and magnesium per serving.

And if you have a can of beans in your pantry, you can use it to make an instant dinner, such as a black bean soup or chili, a hearty salad, or a delicious taco with some other fixings, like avocado or Greek yogurt. Here are seven black bean focused meals to help you put that can to good use.

Mexican Black Bean Quinoa Soup from Wholesomelicious

Ready in 25 minutes total, this easy black bean soup has great spices from the cumin and chipotle spice powder, and there’s ample fiber and protein from the blend of beans, quinoa, and corn. Add some lime for a bit of zest!

Pepper shell tacos
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Pepper Shell Tacos from The Toasted Pine Nut

Baking pepper halves to make tacos and cut the carbs is simple to do and you can make a big batch at once to keep on hand for ready-to-go weeknight meals. The beans work with the beef to pack in the protein and fiber, and they add that extra meaty texture you crave in a taco filling.

Quick & Easy Black Bean Soup from Ambitious Kitchen

Hearty and delicious, this black bean soup has so much flavor and rich protein to keep you hunger at bay for longer, and it is ready in 35 minutes flat. The beans make up the bulk of the soup, along with some tomato sauce and vegetable broth. You can top with shredded cheese for some added protein, calcium, and savory notes in the bowl.

Black bean skiller dinner
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Black Bean Skillet Dinner from Two Peas & Their Pod

A skillet is a no-fuss meal, since it requires just one skillet and easy clean up. And this one uses black beans along some good fats and protein, from avocado and Greek yogurt, to round it out. That creaminess balances out the heartiness of the beans and grains perfectly.

5-Ingredient Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili from Minimalist Baker

Chili is the perfect easy meal for warming you up and keeping you full for hours, and you can whip up a large pot at once to re-heat and have for dinner throughout the week, too. This one uses black beans as a base with some sweet potato for natural sweetness, and you can pile on veggies more added fiber, antioxidants, and flavor.

Black bean quinoa taco lettuce wraps
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Black Bean and Quinoa Taco Lettuce Wraps from Nutrition Stripped

Ditch the tortilla or taco shell and use lettuce to keep these lower in carbs and free of flour, and you are getting in more fiber and nutrition in the lettuce wrap, too. This vegetarian taco features black beans as the base, along with quinoa and corn, and it’s a great budget meal, too.

Black Bean Salad with Corn, Avocado & Lime Vinaigrette from Once Upon a Chef

Avocado and lime create a creamy, citrusy vinaigrette that tastes wonderful on the bed of beans. It is a light and refreshing salad that is great for dinner when you want something simple and nutritious. Add cayenne pepper to kick the heat up a notch!

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