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32 Healthy Canned Bean Recipes (Pinto, Garbanzo and More!)

These healthy canned bean recipes prove that good-for-you meals don't have to break the bank. Put that pantry staple to good use while giving your family a meal that they'll love.

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Black Bean Chicken BurritosTaste of Home

Black Bean Chicken Burritos

I try to hide as many veggies as possible in these burritos. Another way I bump up the nutrition level is by using thinly sliced cabbage instead of regular iceberg lettuce. The filling freezes well, so double the recipe! —Jeni Pittard, Statham, Georgia

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Veggie Nicoise Salad

Veggie Nicoise Salad

More and more people in my workplace are becoming vegetarians. When we cook or eat together, the focus is on fresh produce. This salad combines some of our favorite ingredients in one dish…and with the hard-boiled eggs and kidney beans, it delivers enough protein to satisfy those who are skeptical of vegetarian fare. —Elizabeth Kelley, Chicago, Illinois

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Lentil, Bacon and Bean SoupTaste of Home

Lentil, Bacon and Bean Soup

This quick soup feels extra cozy with lots of lentils and a touch of smoky, bacony goodness. You might want to cook up extra—I think it’s even better the next day! —Janie Zirbser, Mullica Hill, New Jersey

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Roasted Sweet Potato & Chickpea PitasTaste of Home

Roasted Sweet Potato & Chickpea Pitas

Here’s a hearty take on Mediterranean food, this time with sweet potatoes tucked inside. These unique pockets are delicious for lunch or dinner. —Beth Jacobson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Vegetarian Farro SkilletTaste of Home

Vegetarian Farro Skillet

Farro is a type of wheat that was popular in ancient Rome. A good source of fiber, it includes more protein than most grains, making it a smart choice for meatless meals like this vegetarian farro skillet dish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Taco BowlsTaste of Home

Taco Bowls

When it’s done slow-cooking, this beef shreds like a dream. We make it often, because it’s super easy to customize with fun, fresh and healthy toppings. —Hope Wasylenki, Gahanna, Ohio

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Warm Rice & Pintos Salad

Warm Rice & Pintos Salad

During my undergrad years, my roommate taught me how to cook vegetarian dishes like brown rice with pintos. It’s so versatile; you can turn it into a wrap or casserole. —Natalie Van Apeldoorn, Vancouver, British Columbia

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Chorizo & Grits Breakfast BowlsTaste of Home

Chorizo & Grits Breakfast Bowls

Growing up, I bonded with my dad over chorizo and eggs. My fresh approach combines them with grits and black beans. Add a spoonful of pico de gallo for extra pop. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California

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Portobello and Chickpea Sheet-Pan SupperTaste of Home

Portobello and Chickpea Sheet-Pan Supper

This is a fantastic meatless dinner or an amazing side dish. It works well with a variety of sheet-pan-roasted vegetables. We enjoy using zucchini or summer squash in the summer, and you can also change up the herbs in the dressing. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Skinny Cobb SaladTaste of Home

Skinny Cobb Salad

This “skinny” version of Cobb salad has all the taste and creaminess with half the fat and calories. You can skip the coleslaw mix and do all lettuce, but I like the crunch you get with cabbage. —Taylor Kiser, Brandon, Florida

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Chickpea Tortilla SoupTaste of Home

Chickpea Tortilla Soup

This vegan tortilla soup recipe is healthy, filling and family-friendly! We love how hearty and flavorful it is. We like to play around with the different toppings we add each time it’s served. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland

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Best Hummus

Best Hummus

Hummus is my go-to appetizer when I need something quick, easy and impressive. Over the years I’ve picked up a number of tricks that make this the best hummus recipe you’ll ever have. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Vegan Taco SaladTaste of Home

Vegan Taco Salad

The best salads are made with ingredients that have different textures and complementary flavors. In this vegan taco salad, you’ll love the crunch of the tortilla chips with the sweet, crisp lettuce and “meaty” crumble mixture. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Chickpea ‘n’ Red Onion BurgersTaste of Home

Chickpea ‘n’ Red Onion Burgers

When chilly days arrive and we retire the grill to the garage, I bake a batch of chickpea veggie burgers. Even die-hard meat eaters can’t resist them. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Pressure-Cooker Turkey ChiliTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Turkey Chili

I’ve taken my mother’s milder recipe for chili and made it thicker and more robust. It’s a favorite, especially in fall and winter. —Celesta Zanger, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Indian spiced chickpea wrapsTaste of Home

Indian Spiced Chickpea Wraps

Raita, an Indian condiment made with yogurt, elevates this vegetarian dish to a satisfying gourmet wrap. If you’re in the mood to experiment, try diced mango or cucumber for the pineapple and add fresh herbs like cilantro or mint. —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia

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Turkey Salsa Bowls with Tortilla WedgesTaste of Home

Turkey Salsa Bowls with Tortilla Wedges

Delicious and nutritious, this dish was a favorite of the kids who participated in the junior chef classes I taught at my church. The recipe encouraged creativity and healthy eating as students designed their own salsa bowls using whole grains, vegetables and lean protein. —Jean Gottfried, Upper Sandusky, Ohio

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Simple Vegetarian Slow-Cooked BeansTaste of Home

Simple Vegetarian Slow-Cooked Beans

When I have a hungry family to feed, these tasty beans with spinach, tomatoes and carrots are a go-to dish. This veggie delight is frequently on the menu. —Jennifer Reid, Farmington, Maine

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Vegan Tortilla SoupTaste of Home

Vegan Tortilla Soup

Quinoa may be an unconventional ingredient, but it adds protein in this vegan tortilla soup, making it hearty enough for a main dish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Sweet Potato & Bean QuesadillasTaste of Home

Sweet Potato & Bean Quesadillas

Sweet potatoes and black beans roll up together for a quesadilla that’s easy, fast, fun and delicious. —Brittany Hubbard, St. Paul, Minnesota

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Quickpea CurryTaste of Home

Quickpea Curry

This colorful curry is a nice change of pace for a busy weeknight. I like to substitute fresh peas for frozen when they’re in season. —Beth Fleming, Downers Grove, Illinois

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Turkey Pinto Bean Salad with Southern Molasses DressingTaste of Home

Turkey Pinto Bean Salad with Southern Molasses Dressing

This salad is a welcome alternative to the usual weeknight fare. It’s a tasty main dish loaded with good-for-you protein.—Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Garbanzo-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Garbanzo-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Mini peppers are so colorful and are the perfect size for a two-bite appetizer. They have all the crunch of pita chips but without the extra calories. —Christine Hanover, Lewiston, California

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Butternut Squash Burrito BowlTaste of Home

Butternut Squash Burrito Bowl

This butternut squash burrito bowl is an easy-to-prep dinner that combines fresh ingredients with wholesome convenience foods. It comes together in just minutes and can be customized with everyone’s favorite toppings. —Patricia Kukuc, Clearwater, Florida

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Pressure-Cooker Chickpea and Potato CurryTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Chickpea and Potato Curry

I make chana masala, the classic Indian dish, in my slow cooker. Browning the onion, ginger and garlic first really makes the sauce amazing. —Anjana Devasahayam, San Antonio, Texas

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Herbed Tuna and White Bean SaladTaste of Home

Herbed Tuna and White Bean Salad

This is a quick and delicious salad that can be made special for guests—or yourself—by grilling fresh tuna steaks instead of using canned. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida

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Pressure-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Don’t be shy about loading spices and shredded chicken into your pressure cooker. This chicken tortilla soup tastes amazing as leftovers the next day. Your family will thank you for this one! —Karen Kelly, Germantown, Maryland

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Air-Fryer Black Bean Veggie BurgersTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Meatless meals will be so tasty when these hearty air-fryer veggie burgers are on the menu. Guacamole and sour cream make them seem decadent. —Jill Reichardt, St. Louis, Missouri

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Pressure-Cooker Manchester Stew

Pressure-Cooker Manchester Stew

While in college, I studied abroad. A vegetarian at the time, I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious and diverse vegetarian food in Britain could be. After returning to the States I re-created my favorite meal from my favorite restaurant and named it after the University of Manchester. When the enticing aroma fills the kitchen, I’m back in England!—Kimberly Hammond, Kingwood, Texas

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Tuna and White Bean Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Tuna and White Bean Lettuce Wraps

Say bye-bye to ho-hum tuna salad. Here’s a recipe we actually look forward to eating. —Heather Senger, Madison, Wisconsin

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Pressure-Cooker Stuffed PeppersTaste of Home

Pressure-Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Here’s a good-for-you dinner that’s also a meal-in-one classic. Add a salad and, in just moments, call everyone to the table. —Michelle Gurnsey, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Instant Pot Chili con CarneTaste of Home

Instant Pot Chili con Carne

Although multicookers can’t replace every tool in the kitchen, they sure are coming close. Chili con carne is one of our favorite dishes to re-create in them. This cooks up fast but tastes like it simmered all day! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.

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