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 3
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: 5 stars 33
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: 4.5 stars 2
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 6
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 1
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: 4.5 stars 30
Pinto beans are cooked simply in this classic recipe. Make a batch for your next fiesta!

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon-Mint Yogurt

Rating: 5 stars 28
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 1
Chickpea lasagna sheets are broken into "badly cut" (maltagliati) pieces and cooked with cranberry beans for a twist on the traditional Italian stew.

Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli Soup

Rating: 5 stars 20
This Italian pasta fagioli soup is fairly healthy and tasty, and easy to make in a slow cooker.

Lentil Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 3116
Veggies and herbs bring flavor to this easy, hearty lentil soup.

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Rating: 4.5 stars 3722
You will never want to eat frozen veggie burgers again. These are so easy, and you'll be proud to have created such a vegetarian delight.
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Boston Baked Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 1328
Baked beans with bacon and onions, are a great side dish for any barbecue.

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Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans
Rating: 4 stars 572

An easy, quick, and tasty recipe. The flavors are wonderfully different as they are combined and meld together.