When you have a can of beans in your pantry, a delicious, inexpensive meal is just a thought away. You can turn beans into a vegan dip, substitute 'em for eggs, make vegetable patties, or just create a really good chili. Need more inspiration?Here are 17 recipes from our archives that will inspire you to cook with beans tonight.
This recipe is great for when you have a bunch of random leftovers. Beans, cilantro, red onion, and tortillas, cheese — assemble the ingredients like you would with any taco, and then crisp 'em up in a skillet.
You can't go wrong with a big sheet pan full of eggs, vegetables, and black beans! It's dinner made easy.
Make a big batch of this salad on Sunday and eat it for lunch the rest of the week. It just gets better with time!
This recipe is technically for breakfast, but I don't see why you couldn't also have it for dinner. Basically you use almost stale tortillas and cover them in spices and beans. Add a fried egg and maybe half an avocado and you have a complete meal.
White beans on pizza? Oh, yes. This creamy, cheesy pizza is super easy to make. You can make your own pizza dough if you're up to it, or just head to the grocery store for pre-made stuff.
I can't really begin to tell you how much I love this simple bean dip. It's super tangy and salty and pairs great with just about any cracker.
These sneaky nuggets, made with chickpeas, rolled oats, and a few spices, are surprisingly easy to make. I wonder what kind of dipping sauces (besides ketchup) would be good with these.
Instead of eggs, this recipe uses chickpeas for a hearty breakfast recipe. The chickpeas get their gorgeous orange color from turmeric.
The second it gets a bit cold outside, this chili is on my stove. It's perfect for the long week ahead, and honestly just never gets old.
Need to feed a crowd? Or just want to make a couple dinners in one go? These burritos are a great option. Use whatever leftovers you have to fill 'em up.
This recipe is described as "quick, forgiving of end-of-day bloopers, and 100% satisfying." If you have frozen shrimp on hand, this is an excellent way to put 'em to use.
Roast a whole bunch of sweet potatoes on a Sunday and enjoy this meal all week. It's simple but satisfying, and great when paired with a simple side salad.
While the base of this recipe is beans, the real star is the baby spinach. Having a bag in the fridge is always a good idea for quick weeknight dinner ideas.
This hearty vegetarian recipe is all about the tofu (so crispy!), but the chickpeas in the dish also play an important textural role.
Make vegetable patties with chickpeas, thanks to this delicious recipe. Pair it with a spicy Sriracha-yogurt sauce for dipping.
The key to this budget-friendly recipe is all in the dressing. It's made with cilantro, Greek yogurt, and a little bit of lime.
There are a thousand ways to top a baked potato, but this one holds a special place in my heart. The curried chickpeas mixed with the spinach and garlic can't be missed.