12 easy recipes to make with a can of beans

A can of beans likely lurks in the back of your pantry. Grab it and make one of these tasty, protein- and fibre-rich meals. Trust us, beans are cool.

12 easy recipes to make with a can of beans

Photo: Andrew Grinton

Zucchini and White Bean Fritters

Kick up the protein in your zucchini cakes with this little bean version. Small hands can help form the patties for frying. Get the recipe: Zucchini and White Bean Fritters

Two zucchini fritters on a floral pink napkinPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

A good chili is all about the beans. Hearty and packed with protein, this simple little chili has a medley of beans and chunks of sweet potato throughout. Get the recipe: Make-Ahead Lentil Chili

enamel bowl filled with chunky veggie chiliPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Tex-Mex Black Beans on Rice

This simple, hearty staple is inexpensive and can be made in a pinch with stuff you probably already have on hand. With just a bit of chili powder, it’s got a flavourful kick and tastes great in a bowl or swaddled up in a soft flour tortilla. Get the recipe: Tex-Mex Black Beans on Rice

bowl of rice with beans and avocadoPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Tofu and Black Bean Burger

Sometimes beans can make a pasty patty, but that’s not the case here. Crumbled tofu gives a nice texture and juicy quality to these burgers. They’re even sturdy enough for the grill. Get the recipe from Chatelaine: Tofu and Black Bean Burger

veggie burger topped with cucumber and avocadoPhoto: Erik Putz

Turkey and Bean Burrito

What’s not to love about seasoned ground turkey, black beans, sharp cheddar and avocado lovingly rolled up and topped with a layer of warm salsa and melted cheese? This is a dinner we can get behind any day of the week. Get the recipe: Turkey and Bean Burrito

plate with burrito and saladPhoto: Andrew Grinton


Supper Nachos

The beloved snack is all grown up and ready to be eaten like a meal. Navy beans and lean ground turkey make it filling, shredded lettuce, tomato and onion tick the veggie box, and there’s plenty of melty, stringy cheese to keep it fun. Get the recipe: Supper Nachos

plate full of cheesy nachosPhoto: Erik Putz

Turkey, Bean, Kale and Pasta Soup

We love this soup. You could be slurping a hearty bowl of navy beans, crumbled turkey, cute star-shaped pasta (alphabet would work too) and plenty of kale sooner than you think. Get the recipe: Turkey, Bean, Kale and Pasta Soup

bowl of hearty turkey and bean soupPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Vegetarian Taco Salad

You too can make your own taco shell bowls—they’re super easy! Just press a flour tortilla over an upside-down oven-safe bowl and bake. That’s impressive on its own to be sure, but fill it with lettuce, black beans, corn, tomatoes, cheese and orange peppers, then drizzle with creamy tofu dressing and you’ve basically won dinner. Get the recipe: Vegetarian Taco Salad

tortilla bowl filled with lettuce, tomatoes, beans and cheesePhoto: Roberto Caruso


Chili Mac

Two ultimate comfort dishes got married and had this pretty little baby. Congratulations, tonight you can enjoy this skillet filled with spiralled, cheesy noodles and meaty-beany sauce. We’re so thrilled for you. Get the recipe: Chili Mac

cheesy pasta with beef and beansPhoto: Erik Putz

Campfire Huevos Rancheros

It doesn’t get much easier than this: Scrambled eggs, salsa and cheese hang out with refried beans on a flour tortilla. Eat it at any meal—or every meal. Your choice. Get the recipe: Campfire Huevos Rancheros

tortillas piled with refried beans, eggs and salsaPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Italian Panzanella with Beans

Bread and salad in one big bowl? Yeah, you read that right. Panzanella is a Tuscan-style salad of crisp veggies like tomatoes, cucumber and peppers mixed together with toasted bread. This recipe gets a protein boost from white kidney beans. Get the recipe: Italian Panzanella with Beans

plate of fresh veggies with croutons and beansPhoto: Jodi Pudge


Smoky Campfire Beans

Ok, we’re not even kidding when we say that these are the best ever. Our recipe calls for dried navy beans (a cinch in the slow cooker!), but you could try canned to save time. Eat them warm, eat them cold. Just eat them. Get the recipe: Smoky Campfire Beans

pot of homemade baked beansPhoto: Roberto Caruso

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