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Feb 8, 2011 11:36 AM

Looking for awesome bean recipes

All this cold weather have me craving beans. I've been making a lot of chili and pinto bean soup as a result but ready to expand my repertoire.

So I'm looking for great bean recipes - vegetarian/vegan or easily made such.


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  1. Did you search this board before posting? This topic has come up again and again already:

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    1. re: greygarious

      Sorry I swore I just ran a search but didn't see half of these listed when I did my search...hmm...

      I'll still take any suggestions - especially 'ethnic' ones :-)

    2. We love the black beans and rice recipe out of Joy of Cooking. Also, this black beans and quinoa recipe as burrito filler and then the next day as a cold salad:

      1 tsp. canola oil
      1 onion, chopped finely
      3 cloves garlic, minced
      3/4 cup quinoa
      2 cups vegetable broth (I've used chicken and it's just as good)
      1 tsp. cumin
      1/4 tsp.+ cayenne
      Salt and pepper to taste
      1 cup frozen corn (NOT the super-sweet variety)
      1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (I use low sodium)
      1/2 c. chopped cilantro

      Heat oil, stir in onions and garlic, saute' until lightly browned. Mix quinoa in and cover with broth. Add cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

      Stir in frozen corn, continue to simmer 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in black beans and cilantro.

      1. Here are a couple of mine:
        Liquid smoke should be vegetarian and could substitute for the bacon.

        How about soaking, then cooking pinto beans in a slow cooker with water and some good beer, season with salt at the end ... borrowed from Robb Walsh, stupidly simple. You really have to like pinto beans though :-) ....

          1. re: LauraGrace

            Ooooh, I tried that dahl makhani and it was good! I knew I'd eventually use up those whole urad dahl I accidentally bought several years ago. I had to cook them longer than the blog specified, on account of age. It was so aromatic while cooking. Thanks for the suggestion!

            There are three bean recipes on the Texan blog, though. Which one are you recommending?

            1. re: saltwater

              All of them. They're all amazing. She actually has a bean category, and if anyone knows beans, it's a Texan! :)

          2. I made this Tuscan Farro and Bean Soup last week and thought it was amazing.


            I added a parsnip, a Parmesan cheese rind, and several sprigs of fresh rosemary in addition to the listed ingredients.