23 Things to Make with Canned Beans

Let’s get right into it. Making a meal out of canned beans is incredibly useful, especially when we’re doing a lot of cooking out of the pantry. So in honor of the occasion, below you’ll find 24 recipes to make with a can of beans!! We’re got all sorts of flavors going on but a few things you should know up front!

Canned Beans 101

  • Rinse the beans! You always want to remove the beans from the can, drain the liquid, and then rinse them until the water runs clear and there are no suds! That liquid is extra starchy and can be full of sodium so make sure it ditch it!
  • Get creative! Each recipe below calls for a certain kind of bean, but in reality, any bean works! Black beans, kidney beans, white beans, you name it!
  • Give them time: When adding canned beans to soups and stews, simmer them for at least 15 minutes to let them absorb all the flavors.
  • Substitutions: If you’re using a recipe that calls for dried beans, you can substitute two (15-ounce) cans of beans for every cup of dried beans that’s called for in your recipe.
  • Storage: if might be tempting to store leftover beans back in the can, BUT DON’T! Store them in a covered glass or plastic container in the fridge for up to one week.

24 Ways to Use Canned Beans

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Poblano Skillet Enchiladas

Healthy Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Southwestern Loaded Sweet Potatoes from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Vegetarian Quinoa Bake

Carnitas Burrito Bowl

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Black Bean Enchiladas

Smoky Chipotle Chicken Chili

White Bean Panzanella

Cheesy Chicken Taco Pasta

Cheesy Chicken Taco Chili Pasta from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Southwestern Taco Pizza

Southwestern Taco Pizza from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Mexican Cobb Salad

Southwestern Brown Rice Bowl

Black Bean Veggie Burger

Black Bean Veggie Burger from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Avocado Shrimp Quinoa Bowl

Avocado Shrimp Quinoa Bowls from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Quinoa Taco Bowls

Loaded Minestrone Soup

Loaded Minestrone Soup from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Veggie Fajita Bowls

Rajas Veggie Fajita Bowl from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Sausage Kale and Bean Pasta

Sausage Kale and Bean Pasta from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Black Bean Nachos

Cauliflower Rice Bowls

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4 comments

  1. Missi Baker

    Excellent! Very practical, delicious options for us all during this weird time. Thanks. Always love your recipes and your ebullience!

  2. Missi Baker

    Excellent! Very practical, delicious options for us all during this “weird” time. Thanks. Always love your recipes and your ever present ebullience! 🙂

  3. Lucia Donahower

    Gabby,
    Thank you for these wonderful bean recipes.
    They will certainly come handy in this strange times.
    Always enjoy your recipes.
    Thank you
    Lucy