Dried Beans and Legume Recipes

Add more protein to your diet with these recipes for beans and pulses. Browse top-rated recipes for dried or canned beans and lentils for breakfast, lunch, dinner—even dessert!

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Mexican Black Beans and Rice

Rating: 5 stars
This recipe for Mexican rice and beans is a low-effort tasty dish. Can be eaten as a meal in itself, or served as an excellent side to any Mexican-American food. Top with Cheddar, American, Parmesan, or any other cheese of choice, if desired. Serve with hot sauce, tortilla chips, avocado, or any of your other favorite condiments.

Instant Pot® Baked Beans

Rating: 4.81 stars
This recipe was passed down through my French Canadian family from my grandmother, to my mother and then to me many years ago. It traditionally takes hours to make, as we let the beans slow cook overnight in the oven on low heat. I decided to try and transform it into a much quicker Instant Pot® recipe with great success! With this method, you don't even have to presoak the beans. These are even better the next day, and they freeze well, too.

Lentils with Ground Beef and Rice

Rating: 4 stars
This is a recipe I learned from my grandma and mom and adapted to my tastes. I absolutely love it. I like it thick and creamy so before adding the ground beef make sure you like the consistency of the lentils and rice. If it's too soupy for your tastes, eliminate some of the water.

Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Chorizo Breakfast Bowls

Rating: 5 stars
These breakfast bowls are a change from the usual and are loaded with a variety of flavors and textures. Home- or store-made chorizo is best, but feel free to use your favorite brand. You may also combine the sweet potatoes, black beans, chorizo and avocados all together before topping with the egg. I like to top mine with cotija cheese, cilantro, and chipotle hot sauce.

Indian Kale with Chickpeas

Rating: 5 stars
This is a delicious way to cook kale if you are running out of ideas, and it goes great with Indian dishes like dal. Make sure not to overcook the greens!

Frijoles de Olla

Rating: 4.57 stars
Pinto beans are cooked simply in this classic recipe. Make a batch for your next fiesta!

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon-Mint Yogurt

Rating: 4.83 stars
This soup is easy to get excited about as it is delicious, satisfying, comforting, and beautiful--but it's also, thanks to the lentils, kinda meaty. When you're eating this, it really doesn't seem like a vegetable-based soup. Garnish with thinly sliced mint.

Chickpea Maltagliati e Fagioli

Rating: 5 stars
Chickpea lasagna sheets are broken into "badly cut" (maltagliati) pieces and cooked with cranberry beans for a twist on the traditional Italian stew.

Taco Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 4.7 stars
Easy taco lettuce wraps.

Basic Ham and Bean Soup

Rating: 4.57 stars
Hearty ham and bean soup. Easy to make and a great way to use a leftover ham bone. This soup also has lots of mixed vegetables.

Lentil Soup

Rating: 4.47 stars
Hearty lentil soup, chock full of veggies and very yummy. Serve with warm cornbread.

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Rating: 4.48 stars
Authentic Cajun flavor! I grew up in Louisiana and love red beans and rice; these are just like I remember. Serve with Tabasco sauce for a little kick. My family loved to splash a little cider vinegar in each bowl.

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How to Cook Dried Beans

Cheap, nutritious, versatile, and shelf-stable, dried beans are easy to cook at home. Get tips for cooking them on the stove, in a slow cooker, in the Instant Pot or other pressure cooker.