20 Easy Vegan Black Bean Recipes

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Black beans take center stage in these mouthwatering recipes. This selection includes desserts, casseroles, Mexican-inspired favorites, and burgers, all made from an affordable staple ingredient!

Incredibly versatile and nutrient-packed, black beans can be transformed into sweet treats or spiced and stewed into savory dishes. 

This bean is the perfect ingredient to incorporate into your budget-friendly meal planning. 

Whether using canned or dry beans, the results are always satisfying! 

We’ve gathered the following great vegan black bean recipes for you to explore — be sure to try more protein-packed meals and bean recipes like these vegan chickpea recipes next.

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Vegan Black Bean Recipes

Bean Burritos
Enjoy this Mexican-inspired black bean burrito packed with fresh veggies and flavor. Wrapped with layers of textures, this meal is ready in less than 15 minutes – quick and satisfying!
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Black Bean Brownies
Chocolate warning: these blackout brownies will satisfy the most enthusiastic chocolate lover! Black beans are undetectable in the batter, giving the brownies added nutrients while remaining indulgently fudgy. A chocolate treat that will become your favorite recipe.
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three homemade black bean brownies on top of each other being drizzled with melted chocolate
Mexican Buddha Bowl
Mexican-inspired Buddha bowl incorporates your favorite mix-and-match salad style with aromatic spiced beans, corn, and fresh salsa. Enjoy with a generous scoop of guacamole for an easy 30-minute meal everyone will love.
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Black Bean Meatballs
Black bean meatballs are a family-approved dinner. Made with wholesome, nutrient-rich ingredients, these tasty meatballs improve all your favorite dinners. Enjoy with zesty marinara sauce over noodles or alone!
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Roasted Black Beans
This smokey-roasted black bean snack is so addictive and nutritious! Crunchy protein-rich black beans are seasoned with paprika, garlic, chili, and maple for an irresistible flavor – so delicious!
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Black Bean Stew
Simmer your way into your next meal with this easy, versatile black bean stew. Roughly chopped veggies and creamy black beans are spicy and slow-cooked until tender and flavorful. It goes great over rice!
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Black Bean Stew
Black Bean Breakfast Tacos
Fill up with both fiber and protein with these black bean breakfast tacos! Crunchy shells are filled with buttery beans and Mexican-inspired toppings, including a creamy garlic sauce – oh-so-good!
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Black Bean Breakfast Tacos
Bourbon Mango Black Bean Chili
Feeling ferociously hungry? This black bean chili will stick to your ribs and make you feel warm and comforted. A bubbling pot packed with bold flavors, including bourbon and sweet mango, this black bean chili is everything but average.
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Bourbon Mango Black Bean Chili
Sweet Potato Black Bean Taquitos
Tightly rolled sweet potato black bean taquitos are a fantastic meal-prep recipe to keep on hand. A quick, grab-and-go meal that you can enjoy with your fingers and favorite dipping sauce!
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Taquitos
Chipotle Copy-Cat Black Beans
If you love Chipotle, this copy-cat black bean recipe will impress you! Made in an instant pot for no-fuss preparations, these well-spiced black beans are great for your next Mexican-inspired dinner.
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Chipotle Copy-Cat Black Beans
Vegan Black Bean Soup
A velvety rich black bean soup that packs a punch! This well-spiced soup is loaded with vitamin-rich vegetables and melt-in-your-mouth black beans. A quick pulse in the blender creates a smooth yet chunky texture – so delicious.
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Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup
Jackfruit Burgers
The ultimate vegan burger! Made with black beans, jackfruit, TVP, and walnuts, it's unbelievably meaty and packed with 12 grams of protein per patty. With an enticingly sweet and smokey taste, they are a great burger to grill on your next BBQ night.
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Jackfruit Burgers
Smoky Black Bean Tostadas
This traditional Mexican recipe bursts with fresh vegetables, herbs, and stewed black beans. Oven-baked corn tortillas keep this meal non-greasy yet full of great crunch – light and flavorful!
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Smoky Black Bean Tostadas
Black Bean Tempeh
Skip the soy and make homemade black bean tempeh instead. Using only three ingredients, including a tempeh starter, easily culture your nutritious loaf of fermented soy-free tempeh in a few short days!
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Black Bean Tempeh
Vegan Empanadas
Store-bought puffed pastry creates the perfect crispy oven-baked empanada. Stuffed with seasoned black beans and vegetables, these flavorful empanadas are a no-fuss crowd-pleasing meal – enjoyed with fresh pico-de-gallo.
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Vegan Empanadas
Frito Pie
Frito pie is a junk food favorite and it’s a shareable recipe that is perfect for bringing to BBQs, parties, and sporting events. A thick layer of hearty black bean chili is topped with crunchy corn chips and dished up alongside fresh guacamole!
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Frito Pie
Black Bean Hummus
A fun twist on traditional hummus, this black bean recipe incorporates beloved tahini, garlic, and quality olive oil with Mexican-inspired flavors like lime and cilantro. It's a gorgeous dip to dunk fresh-cut vegetables in or to spread on a garden wrap.
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Black Bean Hummus
Black Bean Salsa
Black bean salsa is a delicious fresh side salad perfect for picnics, meal prep, and BBQs. Combining corn, beans, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, and fresh cilantro creates a well-rounded and vibrant salsa with a subtle hint of heat!
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Black Bean Salsa
Mexican Black Bean Casserole
A one-pan comfort meal, this ultra cheesy Mexican-inspired black bean casserole will have you licking your plate clean! Black beans are stewed in a rich tomato sauce and sprinkled with flavorful vegan cheese. The melted cheese and rich beans create a comforting combo you will crave!
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Mexican Black Bean Casserole
Mexican Pasta Salad
Make a simple Mexican-inspired pasta salad with fiber, protein, and fresh vegetables using just seven ingredients. This uncomplicated recipe is kid-approved and meal-prep friendly. An enjoyable fusion of Italian and Mexican ingredients!
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Mexican Pasta Salad

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20 Easy Vegan Black Bean Recipes (Savory & Sweet!)

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Black beans take center stage in these mouthwatering recipes. This selection includes desserts, casseroles, Mexican-inspired favorites, and burgers, all made from an affordable staple ingredient! The following vegan black bean quesadillas are a great quick meal idea.
Serves 4

Ingredients

Black Bean Quesadillas

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small zucchini chopped
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 small jalapeño seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup cooked black beans drained
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Cilantro optional
  • 2 avocados mashed
  • 4 tortillas

Instructions

  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.
  • Once hot, add garlic, onion, zucchini, and jalapeño. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add all of the spices (cumin, cayenne, salt, paprika) and black beans. 
  • Stir to combine, then remove from heat and add fresh cilantro if wanted.
  • Spread ¼ of the mashed avocado onto half of a tortilla. Top with the bean and vegetable mixture and fold the tortilla. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  • Place a lightly greased skillet over medium heat and cook the tortillas for 3-5 minutes each. Once brown and crips, flip to cook the other side. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Feel free to use chili powder instead of cayenne.
  • Olive oil can be replaced with water or vegetable broth for fewer calories.
  • Find 20 more easy vegan black bean recipes in the article above!
Course: Legumes
Cuisine: Mexican
Nutrition Facts
20 Easy Vegan Black Bean Recipes (Savory & Sweet!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
424
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
22
g
34
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
17
g
Sodium
 
319
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
49
g
16
%
Fiber
 
13
g
54
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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