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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Hot Bean Sandwiches

This Tex-Mex meatball sandwich recipe is sure to please teens and kids alike. With kidney beans, ground beef and Italian sausage, this sandwich is full of protein and traditional Tex-Mex flavor. Serve on long sandwich rolls or pita bread.

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Huevos Rancheros

The authentic Mexican breakfast dish, Huevos Rancheros, is easy to make and packed full of flavor. Pinto beans and eggs add nutrients while green chiles, cilantro and lime juice add spice and fresh zest!

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This hummus recipe is a party staple that is easy to pull together at the last minute! If you’re looking for a flavorful garbanzo bean dip, look no further – with red chiles, garlic and sesame seeds, it pops! Serve it with pita bread, crackers and vegetables for a tasty, healthy, easy treat.

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Jamaican Red Beans & Rice

A good rice and beans recipe conjures up feelings of home, and this cozy take is no exception. Coconut milk gives this rice and beans recipe a unique island flair. Serve this as a main dish or as a side dish with Jamaican Jerk Chicken!

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Kali Chana {Pindi Chole}

Chitra Goel (Sophie), My Dainty Soul Curry
Punjabi-style Kali Chana or Spicy Garbanzo beans curry made with homemade spices and curry sauce. It’s rich, indulgent, and so addictive.

Kidney Bean and Kale Tacos
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Kidney Bean and Kale Tacos

Sher Castellano, With Food + Love
These Kidney Bean and Kale Tacos are hearty, healthy, and full of plant-based protein. They’re also naturally vegan and gluten-free.