Tasty, Easy Bean Main Dishes

Skillet Black Beans with Potatoes and Tortillas

skillet black beans with potatoes and tortillas

Here’s a hearty skillet dish that combines black beans, potatoes, and tortillas with lively southwestern flavors. If you have the potatoes done ahead of time, it’s a meal that can be on the table in 30 minutes. Serve with garlicky sautéed greens and a big salad. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook


Thai Chickpea Almond Curry

Dreena Burton's Thai Chickpea-Almond curry

While this bakes, you will be enchanted with the aromatic mingling of nutty coconut sauce infused with lime, ginger, and curry. It is a deeply flavorful dish that is also almost effortless in preparation. Everything comes together lickety-split and you have an exotic bean entrée to serve over rice. Recipe reprinted from Let Them Eat Vegan* by Dreena Burton (Da Capo, ©2012), by permission. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.


Black-Eyed Peas with Rice and Plantains

Black-Eyed Peas

This deliciously different dish of black-eyed peas and brown rice features plantains, which look like bananas and taste a bit starchier and less sweet. They’re very easy to cook. Boil them for about 5 minutes, or until the seams split open, peel, and cut into chunks. Recipe from The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan, © 2014. more→

Salsa Grain-and-Bean Pilaf

Salsa grain and bean pilaf recipe

If you want to dress up a simple grain-and-bean pilaf in an instant, a good-quality, prepared tomato salsa is the answer. This is truly an emergency dinner, but a hearty and healthy one, at that! Vary the type of grain and/or bean you use each time you make this, and serve it with a simple salad or coleslaw and a steamed vegetable like broccoli, or fresh corn on the cob. Adapted from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. more→

Black-Eyed Peas with Spinach and Herbs

Black-eyed peas wih spinachand herbs

This easy recipe highlighting fresh spinach and black-eyed peas is inspired by Sabzi—referring to Persian dishes using greens and herbs — ingredients typical to this cuisine. If you use baby spinach, you can skip stemming, making the recipe quicker than ever. Serve with a fresh flatbread and a salad of chickpeas and tomatoes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Cuban-Inspired Black Beans and Rice

Cuban Inspired Black Beans and Rice recipe

This simple dish of black beans served over rice has come to be known as a regional standard in Florida due to the popularization of black beans by the Cuban-American community. Once you have your cooked beans on hand, this preparation requires a minimum of effort. Photos by Evan Atlas.


Spanish Garbanzo Stew

Spanish Garbanzo (chickpea) stew

This classic recipe is easy and quick to prepare using good quality canned chickpeas (as we more commonly refer to garbanzos). Serve with fresh bread and a simple homemade coleslaw. Adapted fromVegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

BBQ-Flavored White Beans with Sausage and Spinach

BBQ White Beans with Vegan Sausage and Spinach3

It must be fully admitted that this recipe combining vegan sausage, canned beans, and barbecue sauce screams “emergency dinner!” But it’s spicy, hearty, high in protein, and best of all, ready for the table in about 20 minutes. Some nights, you need a main dish like that, and this one never disappoints. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.


Dilled Red Beans with Pickled Beets

Dilled Red Beets with Pickled Beets

This colorful, subtly sweet-sour red bean salad, embellished with the flavor of pickled beets, provides a nice contrast to mild pasta, potato, or grain dishes. It’s a nice side dish to serve with grilled vegetables, too. Photos by Evan Atlas.


Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Ginger

Chickpeas And Tomatoes with ginger

This tasty stew of chickpeas and tomatoes, flavored with lots of ginger, is vegan, wheat-free, low fat, and best of all, delicious! Recipe from Taste Life! Organic Recipes* (2002) by Leslie Cerier. Reprinted by permission of Square One Publishers. more→

Barbecue-Flavored Baked Beans

Vegan Barbecue-flavored baked beans

The subtly sweet and tart flavors of this vegan baked bean dish make it homey and comforting. This is delicious served with fresh cornbread or fresh rye bread. Add some simply prepared greens (kale, collards, or chard), broccoli, or green beans. A colorful salad completes the meal. more→

Refried Pinto Beans (Frijoles Refritos)

Refried Pinto Beans

Few dishes are more basic to southwestern cuisine than the beloved Frijoles, or refried pinto beans. A good helping of them is a standard sight at lunch, dinner, and sometimes even breakfast. Here’s a simple vegan preparation (though they’re no longer  prepared with lard as often as they once were, still, take care to ask if you have them in a restaurant). Serve alongside the southwestern egg dishes in tortilla specialties that don’t themselves contain beans, such as Stacked Squash and Bell Pepper Enchiladas. more→


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