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You can use black beans in plenty of popular dishes, including chilli con carne and vegetarian tacos. Or try healthy lunch ideas. Black beans are also very prevalent in Mexican cuisine. Discover all of our recipes with sour cream.

Easy black beans recipes

Slow cooker black bean chilli

Check out our easy slow-cooker chilli with black beans and fiery chipotle chilli paste. This is a low-calorie veggie recipe that the whole family will love.

For something a bit different, go for aubergine chilli.

Chipotle Black Bean Chilli Recipe

Caribbean-style black bean curry

Bring together the right combination of spices, condiments and herbs to transform humble black beans into a punchy Caribbean-style curry, ready in under half an hour.

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If you're not veggie, try Caribbean fish curry.

a silver pan with a wooden handle on a white wooden chopping board filled with pan of a bright-red coloured curry

Refried beans

Enjoy these refried beans as a dip for tortilla chips – they have coriander, pickled jalapeños and feta sprinkled over for extra oomph.

Throw a party with our colourful vegetarian Mexican recipes.

Bowl of refried beans topped with coriander, chilli and feta, with tortilla chips and lime wedges

Classic nachos

Black beans, beef mince, cheese and chilli meet in this vibrant tray of nachos, perfect for party nibbles or a savoury snack.

Mix things up with Indian nachos.

A tray of nachos topped with minced beef, chilli and cheese next to a pot of soured cream

Sweet potato and black bean tacos

Turn your tacos meat-free with spiced sweet potatoes and black beans topped with a zingy coriander salsa.

Everyone will love our salty halloumi tacos.

Tacos featuring sweet potato, black beans and coriander salsa

Healthy chicken and black bean stew

Lift your chicken stew with pickled jalapeño chilli peppers and top with soured cream and grated cheese for a healthy and hearty midweek meal.

Next time try healthy chicken stroganoff.

Chicken Thigh Stew Recipe with Jalapeño and Black Beans

Mexican black bean salad tortilla bowls

Check out these vibrant vegan Mexican salad bowls. This quick and easy recipe is super fresh and has just the right amount of spice and zing – ready in 20 minutes.

For something a little meatier, serve beef burritos.

Vegan Taco Bowl Recipe

Black bean burritos with quinoa and sweetcorn

A colourful, vegan burrito recipe, rammed with tomatoes, black beans, sweetcorn, lime, coriander, avocado and red chilli. It's a super lunch idea, ready in 30 minutes.

We've got some great vegetarian fajitas.

Vegan Burrito with Black Beans Recipe

Chicken enchiladas

Pack plenty of protein into your midweek family meal with smoky chipotle chicken, crunchy peppers and black beans.

For a lighter option, try this chicken burrito bowl.

Chicken enchiladas in a baking tray and on a dish

Black bean crunch wraps

Want a quick and easy veggie lunch? Check out these super simple crunch wraps with black beans. These wraps serve four and are packed with plenty of flavour.

Find new ideas in our work from home lunch recipes.

Crunch Wrap Recipe with Black Beans

Tex-Mex black bean and avo salad

This black bean chilli is a great veggie crowdpleaser. Easy to whip up, it's a great healthy dinner for during the week. You could pop any leftovers in the fridge and eat them the next day.

Keep that Mexican vibe going with these Tex-Mex baked avocados.

Tex-Mex black bean and avocado salad recipe

Vegan black bean burger

With a full-on flavour and meaty texture, suitable for the grill, this fully loaded vegan burger is an absolute must at any barbecue.

Grill up a storm with our homemade veggie burgers.

Grillable Vegan Burger | Black Bean Burger Recipe

Quick quinoa and black bean chilli

This quinoa chilli recipe is high in protein, low calorie and vegan – but still tastes impossibly creamy. Use tins of chopped tomatoes and black beans with quinoa and storecupboard spices to assemble this easy meal.

Be inspired by our vegan recipes.

Easy Vegan Chilli Recipe with Quinoa

Veggie back bean meatballs with tomatoes, olives and caper sauce

Black beans give these meat-free meatballs great texture, along with quinoa and breadcrumbs, while smoked paprika ups the spice. Serve them with roasted red pepper and tomato sauce for a healthy but hearty veggie meal.


For another meat-free classic, go for vegetarian bolognese.

Veggie meatballs

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