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14 Surprising Recipes With Black Beans - The Most Underrated Super Food

Black beans are not just for dips and salads - from soups to healthy desserts - black beans are a super food and a super ingredient. Check out these 14 recipes that will make you love black beans even more!
14 Surprising Recipes With Black Beans - The Most Underrated Super Food
14 Surprising Recipes With Black Beans - The Most Underrated Super Food
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Black beans are often overshadowed by their more famous counterparts. Still, black beans are a superstar in their own right – they're packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants, making them a nutritional powerhouse.

If there's one underrated superfood out there, it's black beans. They're inexpensive, flavorful, and versatile!

Black beans are a fantastic ingredient to add to your diet. The antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in them are known to protect the cells and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also incredibly rich in soluble and insoluble fiber (over seven grams per serving). Fiber-rich foods like black beans will help solve any constipation issues.

With all the health benefits black beans can provide, they are also a great ingredient to cook and even bake with!

So if you're looking for some delicious and healthy new recipes to add to your repertoire, look no further than the humble black bean! Here are 14 surprising recipes that show just how versatile this superfood can be.

1. Mashed Potato Black Bean Burgers

HEALTHYLUNCH

Mashed Potato Black Bean Burgers

Live Eat Learn

These Mashed Potato Black Bean Burgers make a healthy and filling meal, or you can make them into sliders for a mouth-watering vegetarian appetizer.

2. Smoky Black Bean Tacos

LUNCHDINNER

Smoky Black Bean Tacos

Garlic & Zest

This easy, budget-friendly black bean taco recipe is ready in minutes and is super healthy and satisfying. Black Bean Tacos are a great vegetarian meal with jarred sauce and even better with homemade mango salsa.

3. Black Bean Soft Cookies

DESSERTQUICK AND EASY

Black Bean Fudgy Cookies

Lemons and Basil

These black bean cookies contain no flour, and are loaded with healthy vitamin and protein-packed ingredients. The best thing is that even the pickiest of eaters are guaranteed to love these healthy cookies!

4. Southwestern Black Bean Casserole

MAIN DISHWEEKNIGHT DINNERS

Southwestern Black Bean Casserole

Chef'd

This Mexican-inspired dish is low-fat, low-calorie, and, most of all, delicious. Even better, you can't go wrong with this healthy casserole when you’re in a time crunch and craving the flavors that define the southwest.

5. Skillet Veggie Nachos

APPETIZERSQUICK AND EASY

Skillet Veggie Nachos

SideChef

These Skillet Veggie Nachos are the perfect way to get your nacho fix guilt-free! Not only are they filling and packed with flavor, but they are also easy to make. They can be on the table in just 15 minutes. Bring on the weeknight nachos!

6. Avocado Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato

HEALTHYLUNCH

Avocado Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato

Joyous Health

Topped with a tahini dressing, these black bean stuffed sweet potatoes are the perfect creamy, dairy-free, and flavorful dressing for a memorable, delicious, and plant-based meal!

7. Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

LUNCHDINNER

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Lemons and Basil

These are not only tasty and loaded with veggies but also make for easy weeknight leftovers!

8. Vegan Black Bean Brownies

DESSERTVEGAN

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

80 Cakes

Rich fudge brownies that are so yummy you would never guess that they are not only fat-free and vegan, but they are made with healthy fiber-rich black beans!

9. 20-Minute Black Bean Soup

POPULARSOUP

20-Minute Black Bean Soup

SideChef

This recipe is the recipe for you when you don’t feel like cooking. You can get a warm, filling, perfectly-spiced bowl of soup on the table in 20 minutes, one pot, and with minimal effort. A little garlic and an onion, some tomato paste, broth, and ground cumin are all you need to turn a few cans of black beans into your new favorite busy weeknight meal.

10. Roasted Eggplant Black Bean Dip

HEALTHYLUNCH

Roasted Eggplant Black Bean Dip

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

This roasted eggplant black bean dip is the most delicious hybrid of baba ganoush and hummus -a perfect healthy snack.

11. Cheesy Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

DINNERMAIN DISH

Cheesy Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

The Picky Eater

A lightened-up, healthy quinoa bake that you can enjoy completely guilt-free. Reminiscent of enchiladas, slightly spicy and super satisfying, full of black beans, veggies, and cheesy goodness. And the leftovers taste even better!

12. Quinoa Black Bean Salad

SALADSIDE DISH

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Real Food with Sarah

This Quinoa and Black Bean Salad is filled with fresh, healthy ingredients, including not one but two superfoods, and topped with a delicious cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

13. Black Bean Mango Salsa

APPETIZERSSIDE DISH

Black Bean Mango Salsa

Food Galley Gab

Black Bean Mango Salsa is the ultimate healthy and refreshing appetizer. Easy, delicious, and done in 5 minutes!

14. Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

LUNCHDINNER

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

Sweet potato and black beans are a fantastic flavor combo, and it works well in this healthy vegetarian quesadilla recipe! Try it with your favorite toppings.

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