4 Great Vegetarian Bean Recipes

by Andie Mitchell on November 1, 2011

vegan black bean burger (8)

I adore beans.

Just lust after beans.

Black, garbanzo, pinto, red, you name it. They’re inexpensive, filling, and they make me realize healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive.

Here are the four bean recipes I love most:

vegan black bean burger (2)

1. Vegan Black Bean Burgers


baked falafel (2)

2. Baked Falafel with Lemon Tahini Sauce

baked falafel (3)

baked falafel (1)

3. Spicy Garlic and Lime Black Bean Enchiladasblack_beans-6



4. Slow Cooked Sweet Potato Chili



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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

All of these look super delicious, but I’m positively drooling over the falafel! I love cooking with beans as well, and probably do so much more often than cooking with meat!


Amy November 2, 2011 at 3:58 am

Thank you so much for these chickpea friendly recipes!
I went vegetarian over a year ago, and I don’t miss meat, in fact I am in love with every legume I have had the pleasure of meeting (and eating!). New ways to enjoy my little friends are always welcome. Thanks Andie.
I can’t wait to try the falafel and the black bean enchiladas! Yummy :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) November 2, 2011 at 4:39 am

wow, i want a big plate of each please and thank you!


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 2, 2011 at 5:13 am

I need to try the black bean burgers. I’ve been scared to give those a go when I see them because I’m afraid they’ll be dry. We’re not dijon fans, I assume you could use regular mustard?


Shauna November 2, 2011 at 7:03 am

I made your chili last week (w/out beef) and I LOVED it. Healthy comfort food that fills me up is the best. Those burgers look gooooooood….think I’ll try those this week.


Laurel November 2, 2011 at 7:09 am

These all look so good– I’m all about adapting meat-based recipes for my veggie lifestyle, but it’s also nice when no adaptation is needed. Thanks for making my mouth water for falafel at 10 am :)


Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen November 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

If you make me any of those (and maybe some congo bars), then yes… I will stay for dinner ;-) Glad to have you back! I hope book writing is going well.


Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy November 2, 2011 at 8:20 am

Those black bean burgers are insanely delicious.
Now I just have to try the other 3 :)


Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn November 2, 2011 at 8:32 am

Mmm all of those recipes look absolutely delicious!
And as per usual your photos are beautiful :-)
I would love to make my own falafel, is it difficult?
And that sweet potato chili looks so tasty!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

All of these look amazing! Especially intrigued by the lemon tahini sauce…


Rivki Locker November 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Thanks for this roundup. I love beans too and am always looking for new ways to use them. Looking forward to adding these to my repertoire!


Alexa @ Simple Eats November 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

LOVE beans! They’re such a great way to fill your belly. Your homemade falafel looks fantastic.


Carole November 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Have just been looking for some good bean recipes! Thanks!


Brooke @ Waiting to Rise November 3, 2011 at 8:35 am

MMMMMMM…falafel! So yummy! Must make this weekend…I’m craving it now!


Kaitlin Stone November 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I am so in love with you. I made the enchiladas lastnight and the chili tonight and I am seriously tempted to meet you in new York tomorrow just to hug you! They were FANTASTIC I am trying to lose weight for my wedding and all the low cal recipes I have had taste like I would rather eat a sponge. You have a follower for life andie thank you so so so much! Have fun in new york! Can’t wait for your next post! Oh and I made the pumpkin whoops pies and oooohhhhhhhh mmmmmmyyyyyyy I had a love affair.
Thank you thank you!
Your lover


Kara November 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

i just bookmarked all these recipes! now i just need to get my hands on a food-processor/vitamix (gahhh!) because a blender just won’t do. haha love your blog!


Mi-Young November 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm

My 60 yo mom has a beautiful skin. She attributes it to tofu and other bean based dishes she enjoys to make and eat. I’m gonna send your recipes to my mom. Thank you for sharing them.


Shelly@KayeSyrah November 29, 2011 at 4:55 am

I have a pound of black beans all cooked and waiting for inspiration to strike, and now it has! Thanks!


Rebecca November 16, 2012 at 1:25 am

I have been bitten by the get fit and healthy bug and I was just searching desperately for new ideas to beans. I want to get more protein from beans, but have never really found ways to enjoy them. Well NOW I HAVE!! I’m really excited about trying your recipes. They look amazing.


Paul Roseland December 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

I am going to try to lose weight by eating alot of beans. Your recipes look so delicious. I can’t wait to try some.


Anna May 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I made the black bean burger today. It was so amazing!! I was so excited to sit down to relax and eat after a long day. I want more!


Amina June 22, 2013 at 5:33 am

I tried the bean burger recipe a few days ago and I absolutely loved it! I’ve been trying to be a little healthier but was stuck for dinner ideas so this post is perfect. I’m trying the falafel next! Thank you :)


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