The Pulse on Cooking With Beans

The Best Bean Recipes from Around the World

Beans play a starring role in cultures and cuisines around the world. From soups to dips to plant-based burgers, the versatile bean has no limits. Simply put, beans can do it all, sweet, savory, frozen, canned, dry, full of fiber and packed with nutrients, beans are having a moment as they move from side dish to the center of the plate.

Try these recipes from the U.S. and around the world to explore the many ways to enjoy U.S. beans.

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Asian Bean & Rice Rolls

Looking for a good kidney bean recipe? These Asian bean and rice rolls are a light, tasty dish. Enjoy loose or wrapped in a lettuce leaf, and spice it up with a store-bought Asian ginger sauce.

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Baja Quesadillas

Add some protein and nutrition to the traditional Mexican-food favorite with a tasty quesadilla recipe with beans! Using both black and pinto beans, and even zucchini, this quesadilla recipe is chock-full of healthy foods and bold flavors!

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Bean Dip Athenos

Looking for a new twist on hummus? Balsamic vinegar adds a kick to this quick, Greek-inspired garbanzo bean dip. Serve with crackers and vegetables for dipping.

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Bean Souffle

This seemingly complicated bean soufflé recipe is as easy as turning on a blender and whipping up some egg whites! Great Northern or navy beans can be substituted for the lima beans.

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Black Bean & Walnut Burgers

Grilling season seems to officially be upon us! This delicious, vegan black bean burger recipe can be made ahead of time and grilled or pan fried when ready to eat.

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Black Bean Cakes

These spicy black bean cakes have a satisfying crunch to them, and pack a variety of bold flavors to match. They can be made ahead of time to make for a quick and easy cooked meal – just stop at step 2, and finish up the recipe just before serving.