We’ve all seen a few cowboy movies and one of the staples of the cowboy film is the food for the trip.
It’s usually beans and coffee or something else with coffee or some type of alcohol – usually whisky. That’s great and all, but have you ever noticed that there’s very seldom anything with the beans?
That’s a little far-fetched because beans are one of the best friends that hikers, outdoorsmen, and preppers can have.
They have a ridiculously long shelf life (provided they’re stored correctly) and are easy to store for long periods. The fact that they’re very easy to prepare is an added bonus.
So, what can you eat with beans? Well, here are a few bean recipes for you to enjoy!
1. Beans and Instant Noodles
Okay, okay, not really a recipe but I had to include it because it’s such a common hiker’s dish! It’s very easy to make and you’ll have a tasty, filling meal within 2 – 3 minutes.
Simply prepare the beans and noodles and toss them together in a bowl. You mix them together and chow time!
2. Vegetarian Chili
I’m not the biggest fan of chili, I tried it when I was a kid, and let’s just say it didn’t go so well.
Now, while I’m not the biggest fan of chili, I know several people who love the stuff because it’s filling and warms you up.
Being a vegetarian dish, there is obviously a ton of veggies in it which makes it an easy and nutritious meal. If this is something that you’d like to try, then here’s the recipe for you.
3. White Bean Dip
What’s a common thing that you’ll find on a table at a barbeque? I’ll give you a hint, you’ll find it on the snack table with the chips.
That’s right, dip! Now, you probably won’t be dipping your Doritos into this particular dip – it’s bean dip, after all – but you can still dip carrot sticks into it.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not put it on a sandwich? Yes, you can really do that. Here’s the recipe.
4. Potato Soup
I know what you’re thinking: “potatoes? I thought this was a list of bean recipes”.
This is a list of bean recipes, don’t get me wrong; the soup is a mixture of blended potatoes and white beans.
The blend of potato and beans makes this a creamy, nutritious dish that’s perfect for that chilly winter weather! Here’s the recipe in case you want to try it yourself.
5. Wild Rice Soup
Another soup recipe with white beans in it. This one has a creamy texture with a nice savory flavor to it. If that sounds good to you, here’s the recipe.
6. Ribollita (Tuscan White Bean Soup)
I’ll try to lay off the soup recipes, I promise but this one had to be shared! It’s a creamy white bean soup that’s been thickened with cubes of bread.
Now, I’m not vegetarian myself but I like a bit of soup every now and then and if I’d known about this when I went to Italy a few years back, I’d have definitely given it a try! Here’s the recipe for you.
7. Vegan Pasta Salad
A pasta salad with a creamy sauce and veggies and noodles makes for a perfect meal if you want something light to eat. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself, here’s the recipe.
8. Spaghetti and Meatballs
Okay, so I love spaghetti and meatballs and this recipe puts a bit of a twist on an old classic. Instead of proper meatballs, you use veggie balls – balls made of mushrooms and black beans.
Put them on top of your noodles and top everything off with a homemade tomato or marinara sauce. Here’s the recipe for you!
9. Mango and Ginger Rice Bowl
Rice is commonly combined with beans because it’s both convenient and tasty.
This dish takes avocado, vegetables, rice, and beans and tops it all off with slices of mango and topped off with a bit of ginger. Sound good? Here’s the recipe for you!
10. Buddha Bowl
Vibrant and tasty, this one is typically made with mung beans, brown rice, and vegetables. As if this mixture wasn’t tasty enough as is, the whole thing is topped off with a tahini sauce for added flavor! You can get a good recipe here.
11. Brown Rice and Adzuki Bean Bowl
Brown rice combined with crisp veggies and red, nut-flavored beans? Sounds pretty good to me, where can I get a recipe? Well…here, of course!
All jokes aside, this meal is filling, delicious, and will leave you wanting more.
12. Vegan Burrito
If you like burritos but you want something a bit less…meaty, then this is for you. This vegan burrito has a nice flavor courtesy of the black beans and sauces that it uses and ultimately, you’ll love this one. Here’s the recipe for you.
13. Kale Minestrone with Pistou
Yes, another soup but it’s not my fault soup is so popular! Anyways, this is, as the name suggests a minestrone soup with kale, cannellini beans, and pistou sauce.
I’m not a huge fan of minestrone myself, but this is something that I’d be willing to try – if only to see what it tastes like. If you want to make this one yourself, here’s the recipe.
14. Escarole with Cannellini Beans
Okay so first off; what’s escarole? Well, it’s a leafy green veggie with a bitter taste. So, escarole with cannellini beans is obviously a dish of beans and veggies – right?
This is a simple, but the filling dish that leaves plenty of leftovers (unless you’re in my family) to be frozen and eaten later. Here’s the recipe for you to try yourself.
15. Caramelized Leek and Fava Bean Toast
Okay, leeks have a bit of a…funny taste, but you caramelize them and you can add to the flavor.
Fava beans are probably best known from Silence of the Lambs – that’s where I learned about them – and toast is…well…toast.
This is a nice, easy meal to make, and the soft leeks and fava beans give it a nice texture and flavor. Here’s a recipe for you to try yourself.
16. Greens and Beans Sandwich
Sandwiches are a common lunchtime meal – unless you’re in my house where we eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner sometimes.
I’ll bet you’ve never considered putting beans on a sandwich though. I’ve heard of and tried avocado sandwiches, a sandwich with green salad stuff and beans in it is…interesting, and if you want to try this yourself, here’s a recipe for you.
17. Stir-Fried Pork with Chile, and Runner Beans
Stir fry is a popular dish in my family and while I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be ‘chilli’ there’s no denying that adding runner beans (or any kind of beans) to it isn’t going to hurt the dish. Try it yourself and see what you think.
18. Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic
If you like Asian cuisine, then this is a recipe for you. It’s simple and the flavor is enhanced with a touch of garlic.
It’s not as rich as typical Asian cuisine but it’s got a nice taste to it – even if you’re not a fan of garlic. Here’s the recipe if you want to try it.
19. White Bean Ragout
This ragout has a very, very nice meal; it’s got a strong flavor which is great for the main course. Now, it’s best served with toasted garlic bread. If you’d like to try this yourself, here’s the recipe.
20. Black Bean Burgers
I like a good burger from time to time, as far as a bean burger goes; it’s something that I’d be willing to try.
It’s a popular and flavorful meal that you will enjoy. Don’t take my word for it, though, try it yourself and see what you think. Here’s the recipe.
21. Spicy 3-Bean Chili Salad
Another chili recipe, this one has a very bold flavor – and I’m not kidding about that. There are three different types of beans that are mixed into a tomato paste vinaigrette.
It’s a very spicy dish which can be a little…harsh for those who aren’t used to it.
Thankfully you can take the edge off with a bit of sour cream. If you want to try this one, here’s the recipe.
22. Navy Bean Soup
I know, I know, another soup recipe. This particular soup is derived from white beans and ham (yes, really).
The result is a creamy texture and slightly smoky flavor which is enhanced by the parsley, onions and other bits and bobs. Here’s the recipe for you!
23. Beef and Bean Burritos
Not much to say on this one. It’s exactly what it sounds like; a burrito with beef and beans in it.
If you’re a fan of Mexican food, then this is a recipe to try; it’s got a nice spicy flavor and will leave you wanting more.
24. Cauliflower and Bean Chili
It seems like there are a lot of chili and soup recipes on this list already so I may as well just roll with it!
This is a bean chili that has a touch of cauliflower added into it during the last ten minutes of prep – roughly. Here’s the recipe.
25. Three-Bean Salad
A nice little side dish for any occasion, this salad has three types of beans which gives it a vibrant color and great taste. It’s also super easy to make, here’s the recipe.
26. Pasta with Creamy White Beans
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…I can’t do a good Italian accent, but I can do a pretty good Italian meal.
I can’t say I’m surprised to see another Italian dish on the list, but then again, I’m not easily surprised by food nowadays.
You can add pretty much anything to pasta and get something good so here’s the recipe for you to try.
27. Black Bean Soup
This one is quick to make and tastes great! The use of a pressure/multi-cooker makes things so much easier, shortening the prep/cooking time while sealing in all the flavor.
You can experiment with this one a bit and see what you like putting with it. Here’s the recipe for you.
28. Baked Beans on Toast
Okay, this is a genuine two-minute meal. Heat a portion of tinned baked beans and prep a slice or two of toast. When the toast is ready, put the beans on it and chow down!
29. Braised Beans
Another pasta and beans combo, this one is easy to make, requiring only a handful of ingredients.
It has a rich, flavor and a creamy texture which makes it a popular family dish. Here’s the recipe, try it yourself.
30. Pinto Bean Salsa Salad
This one is a nice side dish or, if you’re a vegetarian, it also makes a great main course. The beans are mixed with bell peppers, tomato, and corn and then given a quick coating of salsa.
What you end up with is a spicy treat that’s hot but not too hot. Try it yourself and see how you like it.
31. Black Bean Brownies
Yes, this is actually a thing, and it was just so weird that I had to put it somewhere.
The only real difference between these and traditional brownies is that these ones have blended/pureed black beans mixed into them.
It doesn’t really affect the flavor and it adds a lot of nutrition to the brownies. Try them out yourself with this recipe and see what you think.
There are Many, Many More
This is just a small handful of recipes that use beans as an ingredient. There are many, many more from which to choose.
I could probably sit and catalog all the bean recipes on the net, and I’d never get it done.
Apart from the numerous recipes that are already available online, people are always experimenting and coming up with something new.
Of course, they then share their experience and recipe, and the game just continues.
So, we come to the end, but before I go, I want to say I hope you all enjoyed the article and found it informative. As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next one!
Greg is a South African farmer and homesteader who’s been around animals ever since he can remember. he’s also an avid camper and hiker.