20 Kidney Bean Recipes That Are as Easy as Grabbing Your Can Opener

Chickpeas and black beans may get all the attention, but allow us to point out another equally tasty legume: the kidney bean. These little guys hold their shape while cooking, making them ideal for long simmered soups and stews. And like any bean, they’re a convenient source of plant-based protein. So what are you waiting for? Whip up one of these 20 kidney bean recipes and join the club (the bean lover’s club, that is).

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1. Kale Minestrone

This recipe has all the good stuff—vegetables, beans, pasta and cheese—but for a bit of freshness, we add a spoonful of pesto to each bowl.

2. Donna Hay’s Best Veggie Burgers

With many homemade veggie burgers, you have to bust out your food processor, but this one comes together entirely by hand.

3. Homestyle Rice And Beans

Serve it as a side dish with enchiladas or tacos, or eat it with a side of greens as a meal and call it a day.

4. Kitchen Sink Chili

There’s a lot going on here, and that’s definitely not a bad thing, because it means you can substitute ingredients at your leisure.

5. Sausage, Kale And Bean Pasta

Any dried pasta will work, but we like how the beans can hide in the folds of orecchiette.

6. Healthier One-pot Cincinnati Chili

Unless you’re an Ohioan, you’ve probably never heard of serving chili on top of spaghetti. Trust us, it’s worth trying.

7. Red Beans And Rice

If you start with canned beans, it’ll be ready in under an hour.

8. Instant Pot Dal Makhani

This spicy dish is traditionally made with black urad dal lentils (which you can find online) and red kidney beans. Don’t forget a side of naan.

9. Cowboy Caviar Quinoa

Make a big batch, store it in the fridge and you’ll have lunch for days. Put an egg on it to make it even more filling.

10. Homemade Vegetarian Chili

You can use pretty much any bean in a chili recipe, but kidney beans hold up beautifully to the long, slow cooking time.

11. Protein-packed Black And Kidney Bean Quinoa Salad

Creamy beans, nutty quinoa, peppery arugula…what more could you ask for?

12. Lebanese Lemon-parsley Bean Salad

It’s somehow crunchy and creamy at the same time (which is only enhanced by pita chips for dipping).

13. Vegan Chili

Dump a few cans into a pot and you’re halfway to dinner. Easy, right?

14. Pasta E Fagioli

Its name translates to pasta and beans, but we just call it delicious.

15. Classic Three-bean Salad

A 15-minute salad that gets better as it sits in the fridge? Sign us up.

16. Three Bean Chili Pot Pies

Who needs chicken when you have beans? (Or cornbread biscuits, for that matter?)

17. Easy Chicken Chili

If you haven’t noticed, we have a thing for chili. That’s only because it’s versatile and can been made a thousand different ways.

18. Classic Minestrone Soup

Aside from being best with a side of toast and a showering of Parm, this Italian soup is surprisingly nutritious, thanks to all those veggies.

19. Three Bean Tacos

Taco Tuesday has a nice ring to it, but 20-minute taco Tuesday sounds even better. Take that, carnitas.

20. Beef Enchiladas

You could, of course, make enchiladas without beans. But if you have a can laying around, why not add ’em?


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...