60 Vegetarian Black Bean Recipes

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If you like black beans, you’ll love this bumper collection of more than 60 vegetarian black bean recipes – including casseroles, stews, burritos, burgers, salads, and lots more!

Collage showing various vegetarian black bean recipes.

I love making these little recipe round-ups. Sometimes I can get into a rut of always using certain ingredients in the same way, so it’s always fun to realise quite how many different ways something can be used – and black beans are one of the most versatile ingredients in my kitchen!

From hearty casseroles and stews to fresh salads and burgers, and of course all of my Tex-Mex favourites – here are 60 (yes, sixty!) vegetarian black bean recipes that will inspire you to get straight into the kitchen. Make sure you bookmark this list so you can work your way through alllll of these vegetarian black bean recipes at your leisure!

Portion of enchilada stuffed pasta shells on a plate.

What are black beans like?

Black beans are undoubtedly my favourite type of bean – they’re small and soft, and add a nice richness to your cooking. I find they have more flavour than most other types of beans.

They’re perfect as the star of the show or merely in the background, and they go perfectly in one of my favourite cuisines – Mexican!

Plus, like other beans, they’re full of fibre and protein, and low in fat – the perfect little nugget.

Black bean and lentil vegetarian koftas served with couscous and tomato salad.

Canned black beans

I exclusively use canned black beans in my cooking. You can buy tins that are basically just black beans in water, so health-wise it’s much the same as cooking your dried black beans from scratch. Just be aware that some brands will have salt added to the water, which you might want to avoid, or at least bear in mind while you’re cooking.

Cooking dried beans from scratch will be cheaper than using canned black beans, but obviously soaking and boiling them also takes a bit more effort. It also requires some forethought – you can’t let it get to 7pm and then suddenly decide you want to soak some dried black beans for 6 hours before dinner.

So, it depends on what you’d prefer to prioritise – cost or convenience. All of my vegetarian black bean recipes use canned beans, but feel free to soak and cook dried black beans from scratch if you prefer, then cook the recipe as written.

Without further ado…

60 vegetarian black bean recipes

Vegetarian bean hotpot topped with slices of crispy potato.

Black bean soups and stews

Vegetarian savoury mince [vegan]
15 minute black bean soup [vegan]
Mushroom and black bean chilli
Creamy three bean stew
Vegan taco soup with crispy tortilla strips [vegan]
Spicy bean hotpot with crispy potato topping
Slow cooker three bean enchilada chilli [vegan]
Veggie-packed slow cooker black bean soup [vegan]
Black bean and walnut tacos [vegan]

A colourful quinoa and sweet potato salad on a white plate.

Black bean salads and salsas

Sweet potato quinoa salad with tahini dressing [vegan]
Roasted black bean taco salad with avocado lime dressing
Black bean and walnut taco-style lettuce wraps [vegan]
Southwestern black bean salad
from Skinnytaste [vegan]
Southwestern pasta salad with creamy avocado dressing from Two Peas and Their Pod
Strawberry black bean salad from An Edible Mosaic
Black bean salad with corn, red peppers and avocado from Once Upon A Chef [vegan]

Half a black bean burger topped with guacamole being help up in a hand.

Black bean burgers, etc.

Vegetarian nacho burgers with nacho cheese sauce
Black bean and lentil vegetarian koftas [vegan]
Nutty pumpkin seed baked veggie burgers [vegan]
Carrot and black bean sausages from Tinned Tomatoes [vegan]
Cajun spiced black bean and sweet potato burgers from Tinned Tomatoes [vegan]
Southwestern black bean and brown rice burgers from Veggie Belly [vegan]
African-inspired sweet potato and black bean burgers from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen [vegan]
Easy double bean burgers with avocado basil cream from How Sweet It Is

A cheesy potato casserole in a large pan.

Black bean casseroles

Enchilada stuffed pasta shells
Mexican bean lasagne
One pot vegetarian chilli and rice bake
Cheesy bean bake
Mexican black bean casserole
Nacho pasta bake
Stacked roasted vegetable enchiladas from Two Peas and Their Pod
Southwestern quinoa and black bean casserole from Pinch of Yum

A smothered burrito topped with tomatoes and jalapenos.

Black bean burritos and tacos

Mushroom and black bean smothered burritos
BBQ bean burritos
Veggie burrito bowls
Slow cooker burrito bowls
Crispy black bean tacos from Domestic Superhero
Roasted veggie and black bean burritos from Aggie’s Kitchen
Crispy black bean quinoa burritos from Two Peas and Their Pod

A cheesy bean roast in a baking dish with a large spoonful removed.

Other black bean recipes

Enchilada noodles
Vegan loaded sweet potatoes [vegan]
Mexican rice with cilantro pesto [vegan]
Taco frittata
Cheesy bean roast
Smoky black bean breakfast bowls
Mexican black bean stuffed potatoes

Ricotta and black bean stuffed peppers

Mexican inspired rice with coriander pesto and black beans
Cheesy Tex Mex tortilla roll-ups
Crunchy veggie and black bean spring rolls from Foxes Love Lemons [vegan]
Lime spiked black bean dip from Fabtastic Eats [vegan]
Cheesy black bean dip from Lil’ Luna
Sweet potatoes stuffed with chipotle black bean and corn salad from Alaska From Scratch [vegan]
Black bean and cheese nachos from Tide and Thyme
Mexican roasted corn and quinoa stuffed squash from Pinch of Yum

Well there you have it – more than 60 vegetarian black bean recipes! Which is your favourite?

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  1. I love your Black Bean soups recipes, but they all use canned black beans and I want to use the dried beans. One of your recipes calls for the liquid to be used as well. How do I do that with dried beans. What would the equivalent be for a 15 oz can in the dried. I am so looking forward to trying these soups.

  2. Hi what you all forget when preparing your recipes is the fact that some one like me who cant afford to eat like this my shopping budget £20a fortnight I struggle to eat herbs spices other add in cost more than my budget just to make one meal at this rate om living mainly off beans on toast or cheap sausage casserole I wish sum one would devise a cook book that easy and cheap I dont like avacado mushrooms olive tomatoes goat and feta nor torfu which most recipes add these your a dying vegetarian

    1. A good vegetarian sandwich recipe: crusty bread, flour tortilla, or any solid bread will do. Boil some green lentils in water and vegetable broth or (chicken broth), and spices( optional) till soft. boil until there’s barely any water left. It should be stewy. Put tth mixture between some bread add some grated cheese of your choice. Melt the cheese or grill sandwich like a grill cheese. And there you go. I do this often it tastes great.

    2. Jack Munro produced a book called “A Girl called Jack” with budget recipes. She fed herself and her 2 year old son on £10 a week. She grew her own herbs on a window ledge, bought spices when she had any spare cash and I think is great example of inventive budget cookery.