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Simple Canned Bean Recipes

Over 10 easy, tasty and budget-friendly recipes you can make with a can of beans. These recipes are perfect for meal planning! You’ll have less waste with these fantastic single serving recipes.

Four pictures of meals made with beans- Taco Salad For One, Turkey Chili For One, Vegetarian Enchiladas For One, Minestrone Soup For One

No matter how empty my pantry may get, I can always manage to find at least one can of beans lurking in the shadows.

What Can I Make With A Can Of Beans?

Canned beans are so versatile and you can easily create a wonderful meal around just about any kind you have.

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Canned beans should always be in your pantry. In fact, you might consider purchasing extra cans of beans when you find them on sale. They’re great to keep on hand.

When you’re cooking for one, you might not use the entire can for one meal. With the single serving recipes listed below, you can plan several meals around a single can of beans.

Can You Freeze Canned Beans?

Absolutely! You can freeze opened canned beans for 1-2 months. Just be sure to transfer the beans to an airtight freezer container and label them with the date they go into the freezer.

Refrigerating Canned Beans

Unused portions of canned beans can be refrigerated but should be removed from the can and placed in storage containers first. They will keep for 3-4 days.

To reduce the sodium that is often in canned beans, be sure to rinse and drain the beans before using them.

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How To Use Canned Beans

There are so many ways to use canned beans! Add them to:

  • Soups and stews
  • Main dish salads
  • Tacos and fajitas
  • Chili
  • Baked potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Pasta

The recipes below are grouped by the type of beans.

Recipes Using Canned Black Beans

Vegetarian Enchiladas For One

Easy to assemble Vegetarian Enchiladas For One! Seasoned vegetables and black beans are sandwiched between corn tortillas and cheese. The ingredients are layered, casserole style in a small baking dish. Topped with salsa and cheese, this wonderful single serving meal can be ready in under 30 minutes.
Check out this recipe
baking dish with vegetarian echiladas covered in cheese
  • Use 1/4 cup black beans.
  • Serve with Guacamole

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl For One

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl For One, filled with chili-spiced beans, corn, rice, diced tomatoes and shredded chicken. A flavorful one pot meal.
Check out this recipe
chicken burrito bowl | one dish kitchen

Turkey Chili For One

Easy Turkey Chili recipe made with lean ground turkey, tomatoes, vegetables, and spices. A healthier alternative to beef chili, this flavor packed single serving meal can be ready in around 30 minutes!
Check out this recipe
Turkey Chili For One | One Dish Kitchen

Taco Salad For One

Easy Single Serving Taco Salad Recipe – all the ingredients you love in tacos can be found in this healthy and hearty taco salad. Filled with seasoned ground beef and all your favorite taco toppings.
Check out this recipe
taco salad | one dish kitchen

Small Batch Black Bean Hummus

Quick and easy homemade Black Bean Hummus made with canned, rinsed and drained black beans. This small batch hummus recipe is made with just a few ingredients and is a delicious alternative to traditional chickpea hummus. Enjoy with raw vegetables, crackers or tortilla chips or spread on sandwiches. No tahini needed!
Check out this recipe
Small Batch Black Bean Hummus in a cup

Make Ahead Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Burritos

Make Ahead Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Burritos filled with spicy black beans, onions and garlic, eggs, cheese and cilantro.
Check out this recipe
Make Ahead Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Burritos | onedishkitchen.com
  • 1 can black beans

Recipes Using Red Kidney Beans

Vegetarian Chili For One

This easy vegetarian chili recipe will be a favorite of both meat eaters and vegetarians. It's made with convenient canned beans and can be ready in under 30 minutes. Hearty, healthy, and incredibly delicious!
Check out this recipe
vegetarian chili with avocado grated cheese and sour cream in a red bowl
  • 1/2 cup canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans (red beans)
  • Serve with an Avocado Salad.

Minestrone Soup For One

Minestrone Soup Recipe – Easy single serving soup recipe made with vegetables, bacon and pasta. The perfect recipe when you are craving a great bowl of hearty soup but don’t want the leftovers.
Check out this recipe
Minestrone Soup For One | One Dish Kitchen

Chili Cheese Baked Potato For One

Chili Cheese Baked Potato loaded with sautéed onions and garlic, red beans, tomatoes and spices then topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.
Check out this recipe
Chili Cheese Baked Potato shown on a white plate
  • 1/4 cup canned kidney beans

Recipes Using Canned Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)

Chickpea Curry For One

Chickpea Curry For One! This wonderful single serving chickpea curry recipe is made with canned beans and pantry staples. It's a light and hearty vegetarian dish that can be ready in under 30 minutes!
Check out this recipe
chickpea curry covering rice in yellow bowl
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • Serve with rice.

Mini Vegetarian Moussaka

This mini vegetarian moussaka is a meatless version of the classic Greek dish.  A flavorful and aromatic sauce surrounding layers of sliced eggplant, yellow squash and carrots. Topped with a creamy and delicious Béchamel sauce, Parmesan and Feta cheese.
Check out this recipe
Vegetarian Moussaka For One | onedishkitchen.com

Recipes Using Canned Black Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas are a variety of the cowpea and are part of the family of beans and peas. Although called a pea, it is actually a bean.

Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

Creamy, easy and good for you too, this Black-Eyed Pea Hummus is true to the taste of hummus but with a terrific twist.
Check out this recipe
black eyed pea hummus in bowl promo pin
  • 2 cans black eyed peas
  • Serve with cut carrots, slices of cucumbers, or tortilla chips.

Black Eyed Peas For One

This Southern Black Eyed Peas recipe is a New Year's Day tradition. Ready in minutes, these black eyed peas are seasoned with bacon, onions, and garlic. Bring good luck into your new year with this incredibly delicious single serving recipe!
Check out this recipe
bowl of black eyed peas

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1 thought on “Simple Canned Bean Recipes”

  1. Lynnette Pratley

    Thank you Joanie for such a variety of interesting and delicious recipes. I really look forward to your emails.

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