40 Fantastic Bean Recipes

A roundup of 40 delicious plant-based bean recipes from around the internet.

Whether you’re looking for an hearty bean chili, a bright and fresh salad, or spicy quesadillas, this list of bean recipes is full of cooking inspiration!

Stop dumping a can beans onto your rice and get creative with these healthy yet tasty recipes!

Beans are an essential part of any well-stocked pantry, and this roundup of plant-based bean recipes will get you excited about incorporating more beans into you diet. From classic American bean salads to Indian curries and Mexican tacos, this list is packed with global inspiration.

You can add nutrient-dense beans into almost any savory dish, from dips to soups to pastas. The next time you find a can of beans in your pantry but are feeling uninspired, this list of bean recipes will get your creative juices flowing.

Table of Contents:
1. Resources for Cooking Beans
2. American Recipes
3. Mexican Recipes
4. Pan-Asian Recipes
5. Mediterranean Recipes
6. Middle Eastern and African Recipes

Resources for Cooking Beans

How do you cook beans in the Instant Pot?

Check out my comprehensive blog post on “How to Cook Beans in the Instant Pot“! And in my cookbook, The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook, you’ll find a cook time chart for all the common bean (and lentil) varieties.

PS: If you’re looking for more legume inspiration, check out my roundup of 40 Must-Make Lentil Recipes.

How do you make canned beans taste better?

I get it. Plain canned beans are boring! That’s why I rounded up several creative ways to make canned beans much more fun and tasty. And if it’s chickpeas that you’re particularly interested in, check out my comprehensive post on “Every Way to Use a Can of Chickpeas!”

For even more legume-related recipes, check out my round-up of 40 Must-Make Lentil Recipes. Just like beans, lentils are nutrition powerhouses and oh so versatile.

American Recipes

The Best Vegan Chili

My vegan chili is incredibly rich and velvety and packed with layers of complex flavor, just like a classic chili should be. An easy homemade chili powder and slow simmering take this bean chili over the top.
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The Best Vegan Chili

Charred Corn Salad with White Beans

My Charred Corn Salad is the most delicious use for summer corn! Plus, it requires just 9 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make. It’s a crowd pleasing side dish for barbecues and picnics, but also hearty enough to stand in as a main dish.
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Charred Corn Salad with White Beans

Homemade Vegan Baked Beans

Baked Beans are cheap, easy and nutritious and are delicious on toast, a jacket potato or even on the side of a cooked breakfast. This recipe from Emma of Supper in the Suburbs is sure to delight you at any time of day.
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Instant Pot Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Dip

My Instant Pot Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Dip is a must-make for any game day, picnic, or potluck! It’s spicy, cheesy, and creamy, and you’d never guess it’s healthy, thanks to white beans and cashews. Made with 10 ingredients and it all gets dumped in the Instant Pot! *includes stovetop instructions*
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Instant Pot Cheesy Buffalo Cauliflower Dip

Dilly White Bean & Cucumber Salad

This Dilly White Bean & Cucumber Salad by Caitlin of From My Bowl is loaded with crunchy vegetables, creamy white beans, lots of fresh dill, and finished off with a simple 4-ingredient lemon & garlic dressing that just can’t be beat.
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Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich

My Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich is made with chickpeas and hearts of palm, seasoned with dulse flakes for a taste of the ocean, and finished with classic American ingredients like sweet pickle relish. It’s the new “I can’t believe it’s not tuna!”
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Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich

Creamy White Beans with Kale and Wild Rice

My Creamy White Beans with Kale and Wild Rice is a simple yet flavorful meal for those busy weeknight dinners. Made with wholesome everyday ingredients, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free but doesn't skimp on flavor.
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Creamy White Beans with Kale and Wild Rice

Best Sun-Dried Tomato Beans

Vegan & protein loaded, these Sun-Dried Tomato Beans by Nisha of Cooking for Peanuts are a flavorful, healthy meal kids love too. It's both affordable and easy to make!
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One-Pot Vegan Chili Mac

A protein-packed chili meets pasta in my One-Pot Vegan Chili Mac! Easy and quick and made with simple ingredients, this is a perfect hearty weeknight-friendly and budget-friendly dinner! Easy to make gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free.
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One-Pot Vegan Chili Mac

Vegan Jambalaya with Beans

This vegan jambalaya with beans and vegetables by Sina of Vegan Heaven is the ultimate comfort food from the South! It’s super easy to make, so delicious and packed with nutrients!
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Vegan Seven Layer Dip with Buffalo Refried Beans

This vegan seven layer dip with buffalo refried beans by Laura of The First Mess is an extra spicy take on a game day favourite appetizer. Completely free of dairy and still so creamy, flavourful, delicious! Perfect with chips, crackers or even sliced raw vegetables.
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The Best Cauliflower Soup

My Creamy Cauliflower Soup is unbelievably creamy yet dairy-free and vegan, thanks to cashews and cannellini beans. It's easy and quick to make, freezes great, and is satisfying enough for a main meal. The perfect healthy weeknight dinner!
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The Best Cauliflower Soup

Mexican Recipes

Vegan Quesadillas with Smoky Cheese and Refried Beans

My vegan quesadillas are made with a spreadable smoky cashew cheese, easy spiced refried beans, and sticky sweet onions, making them the ultimate comfort food! Plus, they’re made with exclusively pantry ingredients!
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Vegan Quesadillas with Smoky Cheese and Refried Beans

Pozole Rojo with Mushrooms and Red Beans (Mexican Hominy Stew)

Pozole Rojo is a hearty and satisfying soup jam-packed with flavor and the perfect kick of spice. This traditional Mexican soup with hominy and peppers is taken to a whole new level by Chris and Jasmine of Sweet Simple Vegan with the addition of mushrooms and red beans. It is vegan, oil-free and the ultimate comfort food!
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Vegan Instant Pot Mexican Rice and Beans

Vegan Instant Pot Mexican Rice and Beans – a remake of a classic dish, veganized and made simple in the Instant Pot. Made with affordable ingredients and made in a flash with the Instant Pot, so it’s perfect for easy weeknight dinners and meal prep.
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Vegan Instant Pot Mexican Rice and Beans

Spiced Chickpea Tacos with Cilantro Pesto

Here's my recipe for pan-fried spiced chickpeas with a citrusy, spicy cilantro pesto! They're flavorful and fancy, but they're so easy and quick that you can have taco night ready in just 20 minutes.
Note: These can be found in the second recipe card in the linked blog post.
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chickpea tacos with cilantro pesto

Vegan Tlakoyos

Tlakoyos are the ultimate Mexican street food. During Alexa Fueled Naturally's time spent in Mexico, she discovered these delicious corn cakes filled with beans. She was so excited to find a traditional food that was coincidentally vegan so she decided to create her own recipe!
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Double Decker Black Bean and Corn Salad Tacos

My double-wrapped tacos are of the best of both worlds! A soft corn tortilla gets spread with refried black beans, then wrapped around a crispy hard taco shell, all stuffed with a flavorful corn and black bean salad.
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Double Decker Black Bean and Corn Salad Tacos

Vegan Jackfruit and Black Bean Enchiladas

These vegan jackfruit and black bean enchiladas by Andrew and Larisha of Make it Dairy Free will be a hit for all. Super filling and perfectly paired with their homemade red enchilada sauce.
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Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Quesadillas

My Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Quesadillas are the absolute best vegan quesadillas you’ll ever try! Made with a spicy buffalo sauce, chickpeas, and a Mexican cheese sauce, this is the ultimate comfort food! 
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Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Quesadillas

Pan-Asian Recipes

Vegan Instant Pot Chana Masala

My vegan Instant Pot Chana Masala is packed with authentic Indian flavor and rivals any restaurant dish, but is easy and quick to make. Stovetop instructions included.
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Vegan Instant Pot Chana Masala

Kidney Bean Coconut Curry

This kidney bean coconut curry (rajma chawal) by Veena Azmanov is healthy nutritious comfort food in a bowl. Spiced with delicate Indian spices, rich coconut cream this is made with canned or pre-cooked or frozen kidney beans in less than 15 minutes.
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Braised Indian Chickpea Stew

My Indian-inspired chickpea stew features lots of warming spices, chickpeas, cabbage, and carrots. Everything gets braised in the oven and the result is a rich and hearty yet wholesome stew that will satisfy the heartiest of appetites.
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Braised Indian Chickpea Stew

Vegan Panda Express Teriyaki Chickpeas

Healthy comfort food to the rescue! This teriyaki chickpea recipe by Jenné of Sweet Potato Soul is like easy, insanely delicious, vegan Panda Express. It’s totally cane sugar-free too!
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Vegan Panda Express Teriyaki Chickpeas

Kung Pao White Beans Skillet

Here's a healthier and meatless version of this popular stir-fried Chinese dish created by Thomas of Full of Plants. This recipe requires only 30 minutes and everything is done in one skillet. Simple preparation for a very flavorful meal!
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Butternut Squash Curry with Chickpeas

Bring the incredible flavors of Thai cooking to your kitchen in a fun yet accessible plant-based way with my Thai-inspired Butternut Squash Curry. It's packed with aromatic Thai flavors, is indulgent yet healthy, and is a satisfying complete meal. Plus, it’s meal prep friendly and makes great leftovers!
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Butternut Squash Curry with Chickpeas

Mediterranean Recipes

Lemony White Bean Dip

My Lemony White Bean Dip is creamy, garlicky, and so flavorful, you won’t be able to stop eating it! It’s gourmet but quick and easy to make with just 10 ingredients. Perfect for an appetizer or sharing plate, or even as a spread for sandwiches and pita.
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Lemony White Bean Dip

Instant Pot Chickpea Orzo Soup

My Instant Pot Chickpea Orzo Soup is a hearty and simple soup made with chickpeas, orzo, spices, and fresh herbs. Healthy and easy to make! Perfect for busy weeknight dinners and meal prep. 
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Instant Pot Chickpea Orzo Soup

Fava Bean Hummus

This Fava Bean Hummus by Food by Maria is perfect for sharing, even though you might want to save it all for yourself. Use veggie sticks, pita, or chips to dip and spread it on wraps and sandwiches. It makes a great party platter and is super quick and easy to whip up.
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Vegan Instant Pot White Bean Stew

A dump-and-go Instant Pot recipe that couldn’t be simpler! My Instant Pot White Bean Stew is healthy, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free and has no added oil. And it comes together with zero hands-on cooking!
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Vegan Instant Pot White Bean Stew

Ribollita

This cozy Tuscan Ribollita by Alissa of Connoisseurus Veg is bursting with savory herbs, juicy tomatoes, hearty white beans and tender kale, then layered in bowls with crusty bread chunks. 100% vegan, totally meal-worthy, and easy enough for a weeknight!
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Tomato and White Bean Casserole

My panzanella-inspired Tomato and White Bean Casserole is the perfect side dish or light lunch or dinner to make this spring. It’s bursting with fresh flavor from cherry tomatoes and shallots, mixed between layers of crunchy toasted bread, and topped with a nutty cashew parmesan and a caper gremolata. 
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Tomato and White Bean Casserole

Livornese Stewed Beans

My Livornese Stewed Beans are the ultimate rustic Italian comfort food! Made with simple pantry-friendly ingredients like onions, garlic, tomato paste and white beans, but it's big on gourmet Italian flavor. It's cozy and indulgent but wholesome, vegan, and gluten-free.
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Livornese Stewed Beans

Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale

My Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale is a creamy yet healthy one-pot soup that's enhanced with three easy but gourmet flavor boosters! Vegan, gluten-free, and weeknight-friendly. Includes Instant Pot instructions.
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Creamy White Bean Soup with Kale

Middle Eastern and African Recipes

How to Make Amazing Hummus at Home

My homemade hummus is incredibly creamy, smooth, and fluffy and packed with a rich, nutty, and lemony flavor. Plus, you'll learn all the tips and tricks for making incredible hummus at home so you'll never want to buy store-bought hummus again!
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How to Make Amazing Hummus at Home

Ghanaian Vegan Red Red Stew

Red Red is a very popular Ghanaian dish that is naturally plant based, consisting of black eye peas cooked in a thick and flavorful tomato sauce. This Red Red recipe by Afia of The Canadian African is simple and a perfect introduction to Ghanaian cooking.
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Ghanaian Vegan Red Red Stew

Lebanese Crispy Falafel

This authentic crispy Lebanese falafel recipe from Yumna of Feel Good Foodie is a popular Middle Eastern dish made with chickpeas, herbs, onion & spices. Vegan, gluten-free, protein-rich.
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Ful Medames, Syrian Style (Arabic Bean Salad)

Zena of Zen and Zaatar created this wonderful recipe for Ful Medames, a simple savory Middle-Eastern breakfast dish! The Syrian way of serving it is as a fava bean and chickpea salad with fresh tomatoes and parsley. Perfect with warm pita bread.
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Vegan Gambian Peanut Stew (Domoda)

My Vegan Gambian Peanut Stew is vegan, gluten-free, and plant-forward, but it tastes like comfort food! Packed with hearty ingredients like protein-rich white beans, sweet potatoes, and kale, it's a feel-good meal that'll become your new favorite vegan dinner!
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Vegan Gambian Peanut Stew (Domoda)

Italian White Bean and Pasta Stew (Plus 40 More Bean Recipes!)

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This Vegan Italian White Bean and Pasta Stew is rustic Italian comfort food at its finest. Creamy and saucy and packed with flavor, but also easy and fuss-free. Made with all pantry ingredients, it’s budget-friendly and perfect for weeknight dinners.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 3

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 3 medium shallots*, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (optional but recommended)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 dried red chili pepper (can substitute with ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes)
  • 1 (15-ounce/440g) can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed and divided into 2 equal portions**
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) creamy plant-based milk, such as oat milk or “lite” coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 of a medium lemon, zested, then juiced
  • 1 tablespoon white or yellow miso paste (optional)**
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • Half of a (28-ounce/795g) can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 cups (720 mL) water
  • 6 ounces (168g) of short pasta, such as orecchiette, ditalini, macaroni, etc.
  • Flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped (optional; for serving)

Instructions

  • Crush the whole peeled tomatoes by hand, reserving the juices. Use half of the 28-ounce/795g can.
  • Bring a medium saucepan to medium heat and add the 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the shallots and season with a pinch of salt, cook, stirring often to prevent them from browning, until soft and translucent, about 4-6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes until soft and golden, again stirring often.
  • Add the rosemary sprig, bay leaf, and dried chili pepper (or red pepper flakes). Cook, stirring until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Once the aromatics have cooked down, add the crushed tomatoes and half of the cannellini beans. Season to taste with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have thickened slightly and are starting to turn jammy, 6-8 minutes
  • While the tomatoes are cooking, make the white bean puree. Add the remaining half of the cannellini beans to a food processor. Add the plant-based milk, nutritional yeast, lemon zest, lemon juice, miso paste (if using), 1/4 tsp kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Blend until the mixture is completely pureed and smooth. Taste for seasonings, adding more salt or lemon juice as needed.
  • Once the tomatoes have cooked down, add the 3 cups (720 mL) water and the white bean puree to the saucepan. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a rapid simmer. Add the pasta and cook, stirring every few minutes to prevent it from sticking, until the pasta is al dente and the sauce has thickened, 12 to 16 minutes, depending on your pasta variety. The finished dish should be creamy and soup-like. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Divide between 2 or 3 bowls and drizzle with more extra virgin olive oil and black pepper on top. Garnish with chopped parsley, if using.

Notes

* If you don’t have shallots, use 1 medium yellow onion.
** You’ll add half of the beans whole to the soup, and use the other half in the puree.
*** If you don’t have miso paste, omit and add a bit extra salt to taste, or a splash of soy sauce or tamari.
**** You’ll use only half of the 28-ounce can; reserve the rest for another soup, pasta sauce, chili, or stew. You’ll need to crush the tomatoes by hand, and include the juices. If you don’t have canned whole peeled tomatoes, you can use 1 (14-ounce) can diced or stewed tomatoes.

Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 834mg | Potassium: 477mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 6mg

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2 comments on 40 Fantastic Bean Recipes

  1. Chris C

    5 stars
    Made this for a quick dinner last night. Picky kids loved it, I loved it, and I had the left overs for lunch today. Almost did not happen, I needed to stop myself from finishing it off last night! Another recipe that will be in heavy rotation at my house!

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      Awesome, Chris. Thanks for your comment and for taking the time to review!

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