Sayhello to black beans as this season's protein source. Hearty, delicious, and convenient, these nutrient-packed legumes add great flavor to dishes such as lasagna, pizza, chili, taco salad, enchiladas, and burgers.
June 11, 2008
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Beyond the Burrito
A long-time staple in Mexican dishes, black beans are gaining much-deserved popularity across the culinary board. Filled with fiber and protein, black beans make a welcome addition to everything from dips to salads to main courses. Try adding the canned or dried beans to lasagna, burgers, or even pizza for tasty, filling meal.
2 of 8Photography: Karry Hosford
Lime-Spiked Black Bean Dip
Lime-Spiked Black Bean Dip Recipe Canned black beans are easily turned into a tasty last minute party dip with the addition of garlic, grated carrots, green onion, cilantro, and a splash of lime juice. Serve with multicolored tortilla chips or Indian Naan.
3 of 8Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Chili-Cheese Black Bean Enchiladas
Chili-Cheese Black Bean Enchiladas Recipe A quick sauté of onions and Mexican spices adds lots of flavor to canned black beans and vegetarian crumbles stuffed into these vegetarian enchiladas. But it's the gooey mixture of cream cheese and cheddar that pulls it all together into something special.
4 of 8Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Cucumber and Red Pepper Relish
Spinach-Black Bean Lasagna
Recipe It's easy to fall in love with the unusual flavors of this simple lasagna. The subtle combination of Mexican ingredients including cumin, cilantro, black beans, and spicy pepper jack cheese is softened by traditional components like ricotta cheese and spinach to make one indescribably good meal.
6 of 8Greg DuPree
Black Bean Chili
Black Bean Chili
Recipe Pull together a hearty meatless chili in just 30 minutes using canned black beans, vegetarian crumbles, onions, and canned tomatoes. Easy and versatile, this recipe is sure to make it into the family lineup over and over again.
7 of 8Randy Mayor
Black Bean-Taco Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Black Bean-Taco Salad with Lime Vinaigrette Recipe Make a meal of this light and healthy taco salad that uses black beans and roasted chicken in place of the more traditional ground beef. A tart vinaigrette made with lime juice gives the colorful salad a fresh citrus flavor.
8 of 8Photo: Karry Hosford
Mexican Black Bean and Spinach Pizza
Mexican Black Bean and Spinach Pizza Recipe In the time it takes to call and have pizza delivered, this beautiful pie can be hot and on the table. Convenience ingredients like packaged salsa, frozen thawed spinach, canned black beans, and a store bought pizza crust help you take timesaving shortcuts, but the flavor is pizza parlor good.