Fast & Fresh bean recipes
A can of beans + fresh ingredients = your easy dinner tonight, in 30 minutes or less
Ruby Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup
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.
Squash and Chickpea Fritters with Winter Greens and Hazelnut Salad
These little cakes are a snap to make and, with the salad, create a great vegetarian entrée for fall.
Chorizo Refried Beans
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
Black Bean Soup with Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber
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.
Chickpea Panzanella with Capers
Whole-grain bread and chickpeas add heft to the classic Italian bread salad.
Recipe: Chickpea Panzanella with Capers
Garlicky White Bean Dip
This Mediterranean-inspired dip is the perfect appetizer for last-minute entertaining and a nice break from one of our other favorite bean dips, hummus.
Recipe: Garlicky White Bean Dip
Tilapia with Quinoa and Black Beans
Good-for-you fish topped with an easy salad of nutty quinoa, earthy black beans, and fruity tomatoes makes for a super-simple, healthy dinner.
Romanesco Broccoli and Cannellini Bean Salad
The orange vinaigrette brings out the delicate sweetness of Romanesco and cannellini beans.
Chicken Escabeche with Cilantro Black Beans
We love black beans here in the West and this low-cal, tangy dish, based on a recipe in Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless, really makes them shine.
Black Bean Tomatillo Dip
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
Escarole and Cannellini Bean Stew
This hearty, classic combo of greens and beans is especially satisfying on a cold winter night. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.
Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Harissa Dressing
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.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
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.