Fast & Fresh bean recipes
A can of beans + fresh ingredients = your easy dinner tonight, in 30 minutes or less
We like the robust flavor of red Swiss chard when paired with creamy, slightly sweet white beans. You could also make it with green Swiss chard, which is milder, or spinach.
Chorizo makes these velvety beans extra-rich and savory. If you're in a real rush (or don't want chorizo), just microwave the beans, thinned with a bit of water, while you're making the huevos rancheros.
Recipe: Chorizo Refried Beans
We left the soup chunky with a clear broth, but you could easily purée it to create a smooth soup. Just don't skip the avocado mixture, as it makes a refreshing contrast to the beans and spice.
What's good about it: Puréed beans are, of course, low in fat. Tomatillos add vitamin C and so much flavor, you won't even miss the usual cheese. Serve with baked tortilla chips.
Recipe: Black Bean Tomatillo Dip
You'll find yourself turning to this simple salad of tender white beans and sweet shrimp often. You might want to taste the dressing as you make it and adjust the quantity of harissa accordingly, though, since the heat varies by brand.
Earthy sweet potatoes add depth to this vegetarian chili. New Mexico chile powder is fruity and mild, so don’t be scared off by the generous amount called for here. Feel free to swap in any other kind of chile powder you have on hand—just use less of it.