37 Recipes You Can Make with Canned Black Beans

That go way beyond soup and burritos!
Published August 24, 2021

Don’t just use canned black beans in soup, chili, and basic Mexican recipes. This pantry staple can add staying power to breakfast dishes, meatiness to veggie burgers, and moisture to dessert recipes. (Yes, you read that right: Pureed black beans can add a fudge-like richness to cakes, brownies, and other baked goods.)

Plus, the beans deliver a whopping dose of fiber—7 grams per ½ cup—and they’re a good source of protein, folate, magnesium, and heart-healthy antioxidants.

If you’re watching your salt intake, look for reduced-sodium or no-salt added canned beans. And if you prefer to use dried black beans, here’s how you make beans from scratch.

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Leslie Fink, MS, RD, has worked on the WeightWatchers® editorial team for more than 21 years. She plays a key role in food, recipe, and program content, as well as product partnerships and experiences.