7 Family Meals with Yummy Black Beans for a Busy Week

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Need ideas for some simple family meals that taste great?

The school week can get a little busy. And even with a sincere attempt to keep the kids’ schedules from becoming too impacted, Tuesdays are already looking a little crazy in our house.

Of course, we all have to come up with something each day to feed the little ones.

So here are seven easy recipes, all of which use one can of black beans (I said they were simple!) combined with just a few other ingredients. I’m all about keeping things simple and manageable, but it has to taste great, too — and these do.

A lot of us are busy and many of us are on a budget. I use canned foods as a great way to achieve healthier eating in my busy world. The can seals in freshness, flavor, and nutrition without sacrificing convenience, which allows me to create both more and healthier meals at home while skipping the drive-thru.


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    Black Beans Recipes

    Buen provecho!

  • Mexican Black Bean Chili 2 of 8
    Mexican Black Beans

    A delicious combination of corn, black beans and tomatoes. This recipe is so fast, you won't believe it. You can make it one day in advance to let the full flavors of the dish mix together more. Just refrigerate overnight and heat it up the next day. Get more details and the recipe in Español right here.

    4 portions

    • 2 T olive oil
    • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
    • 1 serrano pepper, finely chopped
    • 1 (14.5 oz) can chopped tomatoes
    • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
    • 1 (11 oz) can of corn, drained
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste

    With a medium sized pot over high heat, pour in the olive oil. When oil is hot, turn down the heat to medium-high and add the onion and serrano peppers. Stir constantly until onion is soft and then add the tomatoes. Let them cook for 5 minutes and then add the black beans (with juice) and the corn (drained).  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Cover the pot and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes until all flavors are deliciously combined.


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  • Cheesy Black Bean and Pepper Enchiladas 3 of 8
    Black Bean Enchiladas

    Usually enchiladas are filled with cheese or meat, but these are filled with beans, and they look and sound delicious. Canned black beans, spinach, bell peppers, onions, garlic, and spices — yummy!  Learn how to make them here.


    Photo credit: ©Aggie Goodman

  • Quesadillas with Black Beans and Onions 4 of 8
    Quesadilla with Black Beans and Onions

    Quesadillas are eaten daily in my home. My boys love them for an evening snack. Here's a quick variation with canned black beans, onions, avocado, cheese, and salsa verde. Learn more details and get the recipe in Español right here.

    Serves 10 quesadillas

    • 1 (14 oz) can black beans
    • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
    • 1 T olive oil
    • Salt to taste
    • 10 whole wheat flour tortillas
    • 1 bag (16 oz 545 gr) mozzarella cheese
    • Salsa verde or pico de gallo (optional)
    • Avocado (optional)

    Open the can of black beans and drain the liquid. Pour the olive into a hot pan and add the chopped onions. Sweat the onions until soft, stirring almost constantly for about 3-4 minutes. When they are soft, add the beans, let them cook for another 5 minutes, until beans are warm and soft. Add salt if necessary, set aside. Heat one tortilla on a hot comal (if you don't own a comal, you can use a pan). Sprinkle shredded cheese over the middle, add some beans and let it cook until cheese melts. Repeat until you finish them all.


    Add some salsa verde or pico de gallo and avocado as you wish. I do wish!


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  • Chicken and Black Bean Burrito 5 of 8
    Black bean burrito

    My older son smiles at just the sound of the word "burrito." He thinks it's one of the greatest dishes in the whole world, and I think he's right. Burritos are satisfying and yummy! Get the recipe for this chicken and black bean burrito right here.


    Photo credit:  ©Brooke McLay

  • Quinoa, Black Bean and Mango Salad 6 of 8

    Have you cooked with quinoa? This seed is getting a lot of attention for its nutritional value and versatility. Delicious quinoa, peppers, onions, cucumber, cilantro, canned black beans, and mango! Love it!  Get the recipe here.


    Photo credit: ©Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Black Bean Burgers 7 of 8
    Black Bean Burgers

    Looking for a tasty meatless dish that your kids would eat? Look no more! These black bean burgers are fast, easy to make, and taste delicious. You just need a few basic ingredients, including a can or two of black beans, bread, and spices. Get the recipe in Español right here.

    6 portions

    • 2 (15 oz) cans of black beans
    • 2 whole wheat bread slices
    • 1 T serrano peppers, diced
    • 1 T herb blend (no salt added)
    • 4 T olive oil divided

    Open the canned beans and drain really well. Make a paste with the beans using your hands or a potato mill. Tear the bread slices into small pieces and add to the bean mixture. Add serrano peppers, herb blend and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix until well blended.


    Divide the mix into 6 parts, make a patty with your hands and cook it in a pan with hot olive oil. Turn it over after 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Repeat.


    Serve in a hamburger bun and add your favorite toppings.


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  • Sopes 8 of 8

    So simple and so delicious! Sopes are a popular Mexican antojito — or snack — made from corn flour. Making them is easy and fast. Just mix and cook the corn masa, take a can of black beans from your "cantry," heat them up, fill the sopes, top with cheese and salsa, and you have a great meal. See more pictures and the recipe in both English and Español right here.


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