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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Tortellini Bean Salad

5 reviews

Beans will bring bravos when you present this pleasant pasta and veggie salad. "I first made it for friends who are very good cooks. When it was gone, they asked where the second bowl was," chuckles Lenore Adams of Dayton, Ohio. "Among my make-ahead favorites, it's a big hit every time I serve it."

Veggie Bean Salad

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


Smoked Sausage and Beans

1 review

Kielbasa gives this dish a hearty flavor, and you don't have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing it.—Honore Hudson,...


Zippy Vegetarian Chili

3 reviews

Hominy and garbanzo beans are interesting additions to this zippy chili recipe that uses canned goods from the cupboard. I...


Slow-Cooked White Chili

6 reviews

This satisfying slow-simmered chili features chicken, two kinds of beans and crunchy corn. "It's quick, easy and tastes great," says...

Hearty Vegetable Bean Soup

1 review

Chock-full of vegetables and beans, this hearty soup is sure to satisfy your hungry bunch on a winter night. Writes...


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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Fast Meatball Vegetable Soup

3 reviews

Marcia Piaskowski of Plantsville,Connecticut shares the recipe for this satisfying soup that uses frozen meatballs. It cooks on the stovetop...


Macaroni Bean Salad

4 reviews

Two types of store-bought beans, a convenient can of olives and lots of cheese make this easy pasta salad, shared...


Kidney Bean and Chickpea Salad

1 review

In Miami, Florida, Terri Webber picks this zesty salad when she needs a crowd-pleaser that's as close as her pantry....


Sweet & Spicy Beans

9 reviews

My husband and I love this sweet and savory bean dish. It can be enjoyed as a side, but it's...

Hot Five-Bean Salad

1 review

This crowd-pleaser is like a German potato salad made with colorful beans. My mom's been preparing this salad for years—it's...


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Minestrone

21 reviews

Vegetables and herbs fresh from my garden make this one of our favorite soups. This recipe makes a lot, so...


Taco Bean Soup

4 reviews

"This hearty three-bean soup is very easy to fix," remarks Sharon Thompson of Hunter, Kansas. "You can add a can...


Meaty Three-Bean Chili

4 reviews

Meet the Cook: Doubling this recipe is automatic for me - just about everyone wants more than one bowl! If...


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...

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,...


Hearty Minestrone

5 reviews

“This is my all-time favorite soup. I love make big batches and freeze some for later. This hearty dish reminds...


Spill-the-Beans Minestrone

5 reviews

A meal in itself, here's a hearty soup from Reuben Tsujimura in Walla Walla, Washington that's chock-full of good-for-you veggies...


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...


Veggie Bean Casserole

4 reviews

I serve this as a meatless main dish, but it also makes a nice side dish. It freezes and reheats...


Hearty Bean Stew

6 reviews

From Regina, Saskatchewan, Penny Giles writes, “A Canadian prairie winter can be bone-chilling. A bowl of this meatless stew over...


Quick Italian Veggie Skillet

5 reviews

When you don’t know what to serve, Italian flavors are a good starting point. We combine cannellini and garbanzo beans...

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Summer Bean Salad

1 review

I’ve been making this recipe for over 30 years, and it always seems to be a favorite. This isn’t your...


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...


Two-Bean Hummus

1 review

My children love this easy hummus and even like to help me make it! Hummus is a great way to...


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Contest-Winning Easy Minestrone

41 reviews

This minestrone soup recipe is special to me because it’s one of the few dinners my entire family loves. And...


Quick Four-Bean Salad

Most people are surprised to hear this salad gets its sweet flavor from honey instead of sugar. This natural ingredient...


Two-Bean Tuna Salad

My parents owned a restaurant for years, so it's no surprise I love to cook. The light vinaigrette dressing nicely...