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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Pesto Bean Soup

This is one of my favorite vegetarian recipes, especially on those cold winter evenings. I make large batches and freeze it. Homemade pesto is tasty, but you can use store-bought to make the recipe really simple. Serve the soup with garlic toast and a green salad. —Liz Bellville, Jacksonville, North Carolina

Sally’s West Coast Chili

1 review

We often have chili cook-offs at our church, so we trade lots of different recipes. I was always mixing and...


Beef and Bean Macaroni

1 review

"This hearty casserole with beans, beef and macaroni is a meal in itself," relates Sally Norcutt of Chatham, Virginia. "Since...


Lasagna Corn Carne

9 reviews

My grandkids always ask me to make this dish, which is sort of like chili in a pan. I came...


Hearty Calico Bean Bake

2 reviews

For years, my mother made this savory-sweet bean dish. I was always thrilled when it was on the menu, and...

Italian Pasta and Bean Casserole

I love to cook for my family and making this recipe is very simple and tasty. It make a large...


Three-Bean Taco Chili

26 reviews

This hearty chili is filling, nourishing and tastes like it simmered all day long. Leftover chili freezes well for a...

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Chili Bean Cheese Omelet

"In an effort to eat healthier, I've been playing around with some recipes, including this hearty omelet," writes field editor...


Taco Salad

1 review

This fresh-tasting salad is the perfect accompaniment to the zippy burritos. It's really quick to toss together.—Kathy Ybarra, Rock Springs,...


Southwestern Bean Chowder

15 reviews

Even though there is a bit of heat from the spices and green chiles, my young children love this soup...


Hot Antipasto

My husband's family requests this colorful appetizer dish for our annual Christmas Eve potluck. Everyone loves that there are so...

Gaucho Casserole

9 reviews

"When our daughters graduated from college, my husband and I made recipe books for their closest friends," says Dianne Hennis...


Zesty Rice ‘N’ Bean Casserole

2 reviews

A savory mix of seasonings adds zip to Daphne Blandford's satisfying dish that's loaded with beans, rice, vegetables and cheese....


Corn Chip Chili Cheese Dip

17 reviews

After trying to create a Mexican soup, I ended up with this outstanding dip. My husband and two young children...


Kidney Bean Casserole

1 review

I don’t recall its origin, but I've had this Kidney Bean Casserole recipe for many years. A Triscuit cracker crust...


Pressure-Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

5 reviews

My sister shared this chili recipe with me. The jalapeno adds just enough heat to notice but not too much...