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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Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian skillet chili screams comfort food to me. This recipe makes me feel warm and fuzzy, and it's loved by both my vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends. —Casey Hill, London, United Kingdom

Instant Pot Chili con Carne

1 review

Although multicookers can’t replace every tool in the kitchen, they sure are coming close. Chili con carne is one of...


Ham and Bean Chili

1 review

Leftover ham gets an unusual treatment from Carol Forcum of Marion, Illinois in this creative chili blend that features three...


Hearty Beef & Bean Soup

2 reviews

I love cooking, and often share my soups with my co-workers—and they're happy I do. This one is perfect for...


Three-Bean Chili with Polenta Crust

6 reviews

Easy to assemble, this zesty one-dish meal is ideal for a busy weeknight or to serve last-minute guests. Dial down...

Southwestern Bean Soup

5 reviews

When a friend needs a night off from cooking, I throw together this one-pot meal. I deliver it with tortilla...


Three-Bean Barley Salad

Kidney beans, black beans and garbanzo beans deliciously combine in this hearty salad.—Pat Miller, North Fork, California

Fancy Bean Salad

5 reviews

Bursting with a colorful crunch, this bean salad is a snap thanks to store-bought salad dressing.
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Beans and Barley Chili

Most folks have heard of barley soup, but this barley chili takes them by surprise. My variation features a delectable...


Spicy Two-Bean Chili

4 reviews

Chili fans will get a kick out of this untraditional recipe. Tomatoes with green chilies, lime juice and kidney and...


Hearty Chicken Casserole

10 reviews

Bring the flavors of the Southwest to the table with this delectable high-fiber dish from Jenny Ebert of Eau Claire,...

Three-Bean Chili

You won't miss meat in this tasty bean chili.


Barley Bean Chili

1 review

Most folks have heard of barley soup, but this barley chili takes them by surprise. My variation features a delectable...


Vegetarian Chili Ole!

7 reviews

I combine ingredients for this hearty chili the night before, start my trusty slow cooker in the morning and come...


Contest-Winning Three-Bean Soup

10 reviews

This chili-like soup is delicious and very low in fat. Salsa, cumin and chili powder gave it plenty of flavor...


Spicy Bean and Beef Pie

30 reviews

My daughter helped me come up with this recipe when we wanted a one-dish meal that was different than a...

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...


Bean Soup with Dumplings

Field editor Jane Mullins of Livonia, Missouri often lets her slow cooker simmer this nicely spiced, bean-filled broth while she's...


Quick Turkey-Bean Soup

2 reviews

This recipe calls for canned beans, so cooking time is minimal. I make soup mild and allow guests to add...


Southwestern Turkey Dumpling Soup

4 reviews

Here's a Western twist on traditional turkey dumpling soup. I especially like this recipe because it's fast, easy and uses...


Three-Bean Veggie Chili

I adapted a recipe that my sister gave me to suit my family's tastes. The bulgur has a nice texture,...


Confetti Bean Chili

1 review

A medley of vegetables and beans adds color and appeal to this recipe from field editor Kathleen Drott of Pineville,...


Beef & Three-Bean Chili

6 reviews

This is one of my favorite recipes. It makes my kitchen smell so good! We love eating it with homemade...


Slow-Cooked Bean Medley

38 reviews

I often change the variety of beans in this classic recipe, using whatever I have on hand to total the...

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Fully Loaded Chili

16 reviews

With lean ground beef, four types of beans and lots of seasonings and toppings, this chili is truly "fully loaded."...


Jumpin’ Espresso Bean Chili

5 reviews

Chili is a hearty dish I love experimenting with. This meatless version I created is low in fat, but high...


Hearty Taco Chili

15 reviews

Ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning give extra special flavor to my hearty chili. Folks will come back for seconds....


Spicy Three-Bean Chili

4 reviews

“Even my meat-loving family devours this hearty meatless chili," says Melissa Mendez of Gilbert, Minnesota. "Since it's more fun to...


Smoky Baked Beans

19 reviews

They’ll be standing in line for this saucy bean recipe, full of campfire flavor. A variation on colorful calico beans,...


Bean & Barley Salad

20 reviews

"This hearty salad lasts for days in the fridge - perfect for leftovers. We like to spoon it onto pita...