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All Kinds of Beans for Dinner

Updated on July 17, 2014

Cook a fast meal with a can of beans

Open a can of beans
Open a can of beans

Simple DInner Meals with a Can of Beans

A can of beans is all you need to make many simple dinner meals which may include, a healthy salad, a main course, soup or appetizer. There are many different meals you can concoct with a can of different beans--to include: black, white northern, garbanzo and pinto. Normally I like to cook beans from scratch and cook up a big batch, but if you are in a hurry and don't have the time just open a can. I always keep all types of canned beans around for a quick and nutritious appetizer or as part of a meal. Beans are inexpensive, healthy and good to eat. So start experimenting by creating different tastes with seasonings and ingredients.

Make Soup

A bowl of soup with beans
A bowl of soup with beans

Make Quick and Easy Soup with Beans

Simple dinner meals include cooking this soup in minutes to enjoy a quick but nutritious meal.

Use either black beans or white northern beans for this soup.

Open two cans of beans and drain throughly through a strainer to rid all the liquid in the can. Set the beans aside.

Saute with sesame seed or grape seed oil a variety of vegetables you may have in the fridge. Cook the veggies until tender. Good veggies are:

  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips

Boil two quarts of water or chicken stock or half water and half chicken stock. When the water is boiled add the veggies and beans. Season with garlic powder, season salt, basil and oregano.

Variations on the Soup:

Add one or two of the following:

  • Brown rice
  • Pasta
  • Couscous
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned tomato sauce
  • Left over chicken or beef

The soup will take a total of 40 minutes and dinner is ready.

Make A Dip with Any Beans

Black beans
Black beans
Garbanzo beans
Garbanzo beans

Make a Quick Dip

Drain either black beans, white beans, pinto beans or garbanzo beans. Put one can of either of these beans in the blender and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and your choice of spices to go with the beans. Some of my favorite spices are oregano, basil, curry or thyme. Blend until smooth and serve with crackers or veggies.

Make An Easy Vegetarian Dinner

Cook up brown rice or whole grain pasta. Drain either a can of white beans, pinto beans or black beans in a separate pot with a little olive oil for about ten minutes--until hot. Add chopped parsley, oregano, basil and a pinch of cinnamon to the beans, and serve over either rice or pasta. Add salt, pepper and grated cheese to taste.

Other Veggies to Add

Fresh tomatoes
Fresh tomatoes
Different greens
Different greens
Colorful peppers
Colorful peppers
Add onions
Add onions

Make A Salad with Beans

Make a vegetable salad with all your favorite veggies such as:

  • Romaine
  • Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers

Make a salad dressing of 1/4 cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of cider vinegar, two tablespoons of water and basil, oregano, thyme, season salt, pepper to taste. Put in a sealed jar and shake briskly.

Pour a can of drained black, white, garbanzo or pinto beans over the salad. Add the salad dressing over the top of the salad. Check the fridge for any leftover chicken or beef to add to the salad for one of many tasty easy dinner meals.

A few other suggestions:

Make a salad of black beans, tomatoes and chopped canned jalapeno peppers. Add some cilantro, garlic powder and cumin. You can serve this combination over lettuce.

Try the combination of garbanzo beans with tomatoes, green peppers, black olives and feta cheese for a different tasting salad. Season with oregano, thyme and tarragon. Add salt and pepper to taste

Make a salad with pinto beans, green olives, red peppers and cucumbers.

Get inventive and try almost any combination of veggies and beans.

There are so many simple dinner meals you can make with different canned beans.

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    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I also make my own beans from scratch..however for last minute ideas and no beans works. Thanks for stopping in for a visit.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol....nothing like a good old staple of beans... the can is fine but I like to bake me own with a smoked pork hock and some good old a pinch of this and a dash of that... I will need to try some of these recipes, they look great and quick...

      Hugs from Canada

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for visiting and nice comments.

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      Melissa Propp 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Thank you for all the great ideas. Beans are inexpensive and easy to store in your cupboard, but I have to admit that I don't always know what to do with them....I usually add them as a side dish, but now I have lots of ideas how to incorporate them into a meal. I'm really looking forward to trying some of these out. Thanks again for sharing!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I often just throw in a can of beans with different dishes. They are very versatile for sure. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Useful hub Carol! I love all kinds of beans and try to eat them quite often. It's amazing what recipes they can be used it too!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for dropping by and sharing ...Those beans do come in handy!

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      6 years ago

      I tend to stockpile canned beans. These are great ideas for when I'm standing in my kitchen wondering what in the world am I going to cook tonight? Great for money saving,too. Very economical :)

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Beans are great and anything offering so many health benefits has to be good. Thanks for dropping by and comments.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks livingsta for your comments and dropping by.

    • RobinGrosswirth23 profile image

      Robin Grosswirth 

      6 years ago from New York

      Yes, agreed. I eat beans daily in a variety of ways as you suggest too. You can also drain chickpeas toss with olive oil, oregano or cumin with garlic or any other combo of spices and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, then snack on the beans. Good hub idea.

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for these useful ideas!!!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for dropping in for some bean ideas. Appreciate your comments.

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      6 years ago from A small southern town

      I have always said, " give me an onion, and a tomato" and I will make you something to eat.

      Having been raised up on beans, potatoes and cornbread.........there was a time when I said.............I don't care if I never have another bean.

      Alas, time did, as time does, and proved me wrong!

      Thanks for the ideas~

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      They are all good...So be creative and enjoy your beans.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I have been wanting beans. Your Hub has inspired me to cook some today. Like you, I keep a variety which now makes me decide which ones to cook. Hmmm

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      suzettenaples: Beans are great and I always have a selection in the pantry. When I make soup I start from scratch. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Thoughtsandwiches: I am glad that everyone survived so it was a success.

      Sounds good to me. And you got your healthy beans..

    • ThoughtSandwiches profile image


      6 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      These are some good ideas...Just this last week I made a Chuck Wagon Bean Bake with baked, dark red kidney, and black beans and a pound of hamburger meat. No one died and the roomies said it was good. I'm calling it a win!



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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      I am reading this as I am eating a bowl of lentil soup! I am a great believer in beans anything. I love all kinds of beans - three bean salad is great to make by opening cans of beans. These are great suggestions and I like the recipes you have added. I can just open a can of beans and eat them right out of the can. That is probably a bit much for some people, but I love beans! Thanks so much for an interesting hub!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for thumbs up and sharing. I think we will have some beans you inspired me..

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      Liz Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      Carol... I love this hub! It reminds me of the song from "Paint Your Wagon"

      Well hand me down that can o'beans

      Hand me down that can o'beans

      Hand me down that can o'beans

      I'm throwing it away.....

      It's funny how beans have been a staple for hundreds of years and when the old miners would strike the gold, they'd "throw the beans out and go out for a lavish meal" Nowadays, when I get extra money.. I go and buy more beans!! LOL

      Great presentation. Love it love it love it! Thumbs up & Shared. Lisa

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      habee: thanks for dropping by. I appreciate your vote and comments. All beans are good.

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      Holle Abee 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Wonderful ideas! Hubby loves beans, so I always keep them on hand. His faves are pinto beans. Voted up!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      lauraGT: In today's rising grocery prices beans are a great alternative to expensive meat. And boot. Thanks for stopping by and lovely comments.

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      6 years ago from MA

      Beans are a must have staple in our our pantry. I recently sauteed some kale, added halved cherry tomatoes, and white beans, as well as a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. A quick, healthy side dish! Thanks for sharing.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks so much for dropping by and I appreciate your comments and voting up.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I'll be sure to use these recipes for soup and salads. For some beans, I am also able to use the liquid in the can for gravy!

      Thumbs UP.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      just ask susan: thanks for dropping in..Beans are great as they are healthful and cheap...

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I too use a lot of beans and always have them on hand. I like your soup recipe and will try this soon.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      sgbrown; Thanks for dropping by and I always enjoy a good complement. I would never be without several cans of beans.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Such good ideas! Some of these recipes I have never thought of. I love beans and they are very healthy. I am going to have to give some of these ideas a try soon! Voted up and sharing on my recipe blog! Have a great day!

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks Peggy W. I like to have a few things around the house when I don't know what to make for dinner...And beans always seem like a good choice for many different dishes.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Canned beans are very versatile as you demonstrated in this hub. We always have some on our pantry shelves. Up and useful votes.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      The Dirt Farmer: thanks for your complements and of course--stopping by.

      Tamron: Thanks for the vote up and stopping by.

      Dexter Yarbrough: I appreciate your visiting and giving me a vote up. Can't ask for more. Yes, beans are good, cheap and healthy.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Fantastic! A can of red beans added to rice is a great meal! Voted up!

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      6 years ago

      Beans are great for your health and full of fiber! They always make a great meal! Vote Up and Share

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      Jill Spencer 

      6 years ago from United States

      A fantastic, supremely useful hub! Extra thanks for simplifying bean dig so much. Voted up & useful.

    • carol7777 profile imageAUTHOR

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      joshn3418. Thanks for kind words...Beans are good and cheap

      Victoria Lynn: Thanks for stopping by and your nice comments.

      Moonlake I also vary the beans not just for taste but each one has different vitamins and health benefits. Thanks for voting UP.

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      6 years ago from America

      I always keep different kinds of beans in the pantry. We love beans. Today we black beans for our tacos. Interesting hub enjoyed reading. Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I totally agree with you! I sometimes make beans from scratch, but I always have different cans of several types on hand just in case I need something fast. Beans are great. Awesome hub!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Great ideas, I love beans! Did I mention that I love beans? :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I really like beans, but I hope the tittle is just theory :))


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