Kidney Bean Recipes

Kidney beans are a staple ingredient in chili, but they’re so much more versatile than that. Check out our recipes with kidney beans for creative (and easy!) ideas.

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Bonnie’s Chili

This chili is incredibly easy to make, and has a surprising depth of flavor for something that comes together in no time before the slow cooker takes over the work. I can make this for people who like it hot or mild just by changing the salsa. You can make it really spicy if you add hot peppers and hot salsa. —Bonnie Altig, North Pole, Alaska

Marinated Vegetable Bean Salad

2 reviews

Canned beans make this colorful salad hearty...and bottled Italian dressing is an easy and tasty topper.


Bloody Mary Soup with Beans

I love a good Bloody Mary, which inspired this recipe. The soup packs a spicy punch, and it'll warm you...


Veggie Bean Salad

A colorful blend of hearty beans and crunchy vegetables is what brings folks back for seconds after they try this...


Chili Burgers

1 review

These are hearty, zippy sandwiches which are a crowd pleaser. People are pleasantly surprised to find beans in this recipe.—Dolores...

Fancy Bean Salad

5 reviews

Bursting with a colorful crunch, this bean salad is a snap thanks to store-bought salad dressing.
Iola Eagle, Bella...


Three-Bean Salsa

3 reviews

Here’s an easy recipe for fabulous, chunky salsa. “It’s fast, fresh, low in fat and high in fiber,“ shares Regina...

Ranch Bean Chili

5 reviews

Loaded with beans, peppers, tomatoes and corn, this hearty, colorful chili is sure to be a family hit. I often...


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Three-Bean Baked Beans

33 reviews

I got this recipe from an aunt and made a couple of changes to suit our tastes. With ground beef...


Smoky Beef ‘n’ Beans

2 reviews

Liquid Smoke gives a unique taste to this thick and hearty combination of beef and beans shared by Anita Curtis....


Tangy Four-Bean Salad

2 reviews

Canned beans makes this colorful salad easy to fix, while a no-fuss dressing lends sweet-and-sour flair. Green pepper and mushrooms...

Garden Bean Salad

6 reviews

My mother gave me this crunchy bean salad recipe many years ago, and I often take it to covered-dish dinners....


Five-Bean Salad

2 reviews

In Ottawa, Illinois, Jeanette Simec combines five kinds of beans with an oil-and-vinegar dressing in this colorful classic that's great...


Three-Bean Garden Salad

2 reviews

This comes from a recipe I originally found in a bean cookbook. It took quite a few failures to come...


Quick Barbecued Beans

14 reviews

Baked beans are a simple, classic recipe, and cooking them on the grill adds great smoky flavor. —Millie Vickery, Lena,...


Warm Cannellini Bean & Bacon Salad

My husband and son like all kinds of bean dishes. For a change of pace, I whipped up a new...

Festive Bean Salad

6 reviews

I had experimented with all kinds of bean salads before I hit on this one. My husband loves all the...


Tangy Baked Seven Beans

2 reviews

Everyone needs a go-to side dish for school events, picnics and potlucks. Here's mine. Freeze leftovers for future outings. —Rod...


Garlic White Bean Dip

2 reviews

Great with fresh veggies or as a sandwich spread, this dip brings a touch of sophistication and loads of flavor...


Sweet & Hot Baked Beans

6 reviews

Baked beans belong at a barbecue. They're sweet with heat when you add pineapple and jalapenos. — Robin Haas, Cranston,...


Buffet Vegetable Rice Salad

"This chilled rice and ham salad goes well with barbecue dinners," suggests Josie Varro of Coquitlam, British Columbia. "The green...


Four-Bean Salad

9 reviews

"MY MOTHER gave me this recipe. It was actually a three-bean salad, but I added the garbanzo beans (which are...


Calico Beans

21 reviews

Packed full of beef, beans and bacon, this calico beans recipe is one of my favorites. Serve it as a...


Marinated Bean Salad

1 review

Parsley is a pretty accent to a colorful combination of beans, black-eyed peas and onion. the sweet and tangy dressing...

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Campfire Beans

4 reviews

Served with cheese-topped corn bread, this is delicious!—Flo Rahn, Hillsboro, Kansas


Basil Bean Salad

2 reviews

I had a recipe for three-bean salad and added garbanzo beans for taste and color. It soon became my father...


Sweet and Tangy Ranch Beans

1 review

This sweet and tangy side dish uses lots of convenient canned goods, so it’s a snap to throw together. The...


Beer Brat Chili

20 reviews

My husband and I love this chili because it smells so good as it simmers in the slow cooker all...


Confetti Bean Salad

4 reviews

I shared this recipe with a friend a while back. Now we kid about who will make it when we're...


Healthy Greek Bean Dip

This crowd-pleasing appetizer is healthy to boot! Folks will love to eat their veggies when they can dip them in...