Frugal and Delicious Bean Recipes

Beans don’t need to be boring! I’ve rounded up more than 50 delicious bean recipes that will make your mouth water and go easy on your wallet!

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Some weeks that grocery budget is TIGHT. Like all your bulk products ran out at the same time. Or it’s the end of the month and that envelope only has about half the amount it usually does in it. Sometimes you just have a bunch of beans to use up and have NO IDEA what to make. I get it. It happens here too. 

Thankfully, beans are an incredibly frugal and filling item that have a ridiculously long shelf life when you buy them dry. And they are packed with protein which means they are super for those kids that aren’t the biggest meat eaters. 

I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of drool worthy bean recipes here, but I’m going to give you a BIG TIP for keeping these frugal – cook your own beans. Yes, canned beans are super convenient. Sure, they only cost about $1 per can, less if you find them on sale. But when you can buy a pound of beans for $2 and you can get 4-6 cans worth out of that bag, possibly more, it’s a significantly better deal! And beans are soooo easy to cook. 

Check out this post to see how I use my crock pot to make both black beans and refried beans. I keep them in the freezer in these containers so they are ready any time I want. Because the containers hold 16 ounces of beans+liquid and a typical can of beans is 15 ounces, I know I can substitute my homemade beans for a can without issue. Plus there is significantly less sodium when I make them from scratch! 

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I’ve rounded up 50+ recipes from around the internet for your browsing pleasure. Everything from breakfast, to soup, to dessert is included in this list – yes! Even dessert! Take this list and you could have your whole menu planned for the next several weeks 😉 Enjoy! 


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Breakfast Burritos from The Hungry Waitress

Flourless Banana Blender Muffins by Chocolate Covered Katie

White Bean Breakfast Hash by The Almond Eater

Vegetarian Black Bean Breakfast Tacos by Life as a Strawberry

Avocado Black Bean Breakfast Sandwich from Fit Mitten Kitchen

Chocolate Black Bean Blender Muffins from Kristine’s Kitchen

Huevos Rancheros Tacos by Diethood

Cheesy Black Bean & Salsa Verde Egg Bake by A Cedar Spoon

Appetizers & Sides

Hawaiian Baked Beans from The Girl who Ate Everything

Avocado, Black Bean, and Corn Salad by Vegan Huggs

7 Layer Bean Dip from Cooking Classy

Baked Bean Casserole by Happier than a Pig in Mud

Healthy Five Bean Salad from 12 Tomatoes

White Bean Dip with Herbs from This Savory Vegan

Hot Black Bean & Corn Dip by Macaroni & Cheesecake

Taco Hand Pies by Kitchen Gidget

Slow Cooker Refried Beans from My Joy in Chaos


Homemade Bean & Bacon Soup from Taste and Tell

Slow Cooker Three Bean Chili from Aberdeen’s Kitchen

Creamy Roasted Garlic White Bean Soup from Veggie and the Beast

Black Bean Taco Soup from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Creamy Broccoli White Bean Soup from As Easy As Apple Pie

10 Minute White Bean Parmesan Spinach Soup from Cucina De Yung

cheesy enchilada soup

Crock Pot White Bean French Onion Soup by The Busy Baker

Easy Vegetable and Canellini Bean Soup by Linda Wagner

30 Minute Black Bean Soup by Perfection Pending

Cheesy Enchilada Soup by My Joy in Chaos

Main Dishes

White Beans with Spinach and Sausage from It’s My Side of Life

Black Bean Casserole from Simple Green Moms

Crisp Bean Burritos from Let’s Dish

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Vegan Burritos by Kim’s Cravings

Tortilla and Black Bean Pie by Martha Stewart

Smashed White Bean, Basil, and Avocado Sandwich by Pumpkin and Peanut Butter

The Best Black Bean Burger with Chipotle Mayo from Tastes Better from Scratch

Toasted Avocado and Bean Pitas by Neurotic Mommy

Tomato Herb Rice with White Beans and Spinach from Budget Bytes

Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Black Beans and Rice Skillet by Julia’s Album

Spinach White Bean Enchiladas by Budget Bytes

10 Minute Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas from Dashing Dish

Crunchy Black Bean Tacos by Pretty Plain Janes

Black Bean, Rice, and Vegetable Tacos from Together as Family

Chipotle Black Bean & Corn Stuffed Peppers from The Wholesome Dish

Chicken & Black Bean Flautas from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Creamy Black Bean Taquitos from Budget Bytes


Peanut Butter Swirl Black Bean Brownies from Nourished the Blog

White Bean Blondies from Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Peanut Butter White Bean Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups from Ceara’s Kitchen

Black Bean Avocado Brownies by Kroll’s Korner

Black Bean Lava Cakes by The Healthy Maven

Chickpea Cookie Dough Fudge from Emile Eats

Cookie Dough Hummus from Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Looks like our grocery lists are going to contain several varieties of beans going forward! I’m definitely going to try the sweet potato and black bean breakfast burritos as well as the peanut butter swirl black bean brownies! Think I could make a whole week’s worth of meals with beans? 

What’s your favorite bean recipe?

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