14 kidney bean recipe ideas for every taste

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Whether canned or freshly cooked, kidney beans look dark red and have a slightly sweet taste. They contain many vitamins and are particularly valuable for a balanced diet. This puts them at the top of most vegetarians’ shopping lists. It is traditionally used to prepare many Mexican dishes such as chili con carne, salads and stews. Kidney beans are also very popular as a side dish or in the form of a puree (bean puree) as a supplement to the main course. In the following we present 20 super delicious kidney bean recipe ideas.

2 kidney bean recipe ideas for breakfast: low-calorie kidney bean muffins without flour

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Ingredients for 12 muffins:

1.5 cups kidney beans

¾ cup of sugar

1 cup desiccated coconut

3 eggs

⅓ Baked cocoa

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon coffee powder

1 tbsp coconut oil

½ cup of dark chocolate, grated

Preheat the oven and prepare a muffin tin. Mix all ingredients except for the dark chocolate in the mixer until smooth. Then gradually add the chocolate shavings and mix well. Spread in the molds and bake for about 25 minutes. Let cool and remove from the molds.

Vegetarian tacos with kidney bean paste

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Ingredients for the kidney bean paste:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 clove of garlic, pressed

½ cup onions, diced

¼ teaspoon chilli flakes

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon salt

⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 bay leaf

2.5 cups kidney beans

½ cup of water

To garnish:

1 wheat tortilla per person

1 fried egg per person


Cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Lime wedges

4 kidney bean recipe ideas for salads: Easy summer salad

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The zest and juice of an organic lemon

¼ cup of olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon honey

½ teaspoon taco sauce

½ paprika, diced

2 shallots

1 bunch of parsley, chopped

1 (400 g) can of kidney beans

1 (400 g) can of white beans

In a small bowl, mix lemon juice and lemon zest, olive oil, salt, pepper, taco sauce and honey. Fold in the beans, onions and paprika in another bowl, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and drizzle with the dressing. The salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Low-carb salad with kidney beans and mango

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1 can of kidney beans

1 small mango

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp orange juice

1 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp coriander, chopped

salt and pepper

Put the mango and kidney beans in a large bowl and mix. Drizzle with lime and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chopped coriander. Mix in everything and serve cold.

Quick kidney bean salad with avocado

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1 can of kidney beans

½ shallot, diced

2 tomatoes, diced

1 avocado

½ bunch of spring onions

1 lime, peeled and juiced

1 tbsp vinegar

1 bunch of coriander, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Mix in the beans, avocado and chopped vegetables in a bowl, season to taste, sprinkle with coriander and put in the fridge for a few hours. Season again to taste and serve.

Kidney Bean Salad Recipe with Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

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1 cup of corn, drained

4 ½ cups kidney beans

1 yellow, green and red pepper

1 cup chopped shallot, chopped

½ cup coriander, finely chopped

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 jalapeño chili pod

1 teaspoon organic lemon peel

2 tbsp lime juice

¼ olive oil

¼ white vinegar

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon cumin

salt and pepper

* optionally garnish with avocado, feta cheese and lime wedges

Mix in all ingredients in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper. Let it cool for at least 2 hours or, preferably, overnight and then add a little more salt or lemon juice if necessary.

Kidney Bean Salad Recipe for a delicious dip with tomatoes and chickpeas

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2 cans of kidney beans

1 can of chickpeas

¼ cup dry tomatoes

4 tbsp tahini

3 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, pressed

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Tortilla chips

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve the finished dip with tortilla chips or bruschettas.

2 kidney bean recipe ideas for soups: Simple Mexican cream soup with kidney beans

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1 onion, sliced

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons of cumin

2 cans of kidney beans

280 g enchilada sauce

2 cubes of vegetable stock

¼ cup chopped coriander

Briefly roast the onion and garlic until translucent, add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take it from the stove and let it cool off. Then puree with the hand blender. Sprinkle with fresh coriander when serving.

Kidney beans recipe for a delicious risotto

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Ingredients for two servings:

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves of garlic

¾ cup of chopped onions

2 plantains, peeled and processed into “crumbs” in a blender

Salt and pepper to taste

1 teaspoon chilli flakes

1 teaspoon cumin

⅓ cup of chicken broth

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 can of kidney beans

Heat olive oil and fry the garlic and onions in it for about 2 minutes. Then add the plantains and the spices. After about 2 minutes, slowly pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly. A creamy consistency should be achieved. Then add the kidney beans and simmer for a few more minutes. Sprinkle with grated parmesan and serve warm.

Vegetarian kidney bean burger recipe

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Ingredients for the vegetarian burger patty (6 pieces):

1 ½ cup cooked quinoa

1 ½ cup vegetable broth

400 g can of kidney beans, drained

½ cup of breadcrumbs

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon paprika powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 pinch of pepper

Some oil for frying

½ cup mushrooms, cleaned and chopped

* optional: burger toppings and sauces of your choice

Process quinoa, kidney beans, breadcrumbs, onion and garlic powder, paprika powder, salt and pepper in a blender to a smooth mass. Add the mushrooms, mix and use the mixture to form small meatballs or burger patties. Fry in a pan with a little oil for around 5 – 8 minutes. Top the burgers with the homemade burger patties and other toppings as desired and arrange them nicely.

Kidney beans recipe idea for stew with corn

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2 tbsp avocado or coconut oil

½ onion

3 cloves of garlic, pressed

½ yellow or red peppers, diced

1 ½ tsp cumin

1 teaspoon chilli flakes

1 1/2 cup salsa

4 cups of vegetable broth

2 tbsp maple or agave syrup

1 can of kidney beans

1 can of corn

For garnish: lime juice, fresh coriander, avocado, hot sauce

Fry the garlic, onion, bell pepper and a pinch of salt in a saucepan with a little oil until translucent. Add the chilli flakes and cumin, then add the salsa, vegetable stock and coconut sugar and bring to the boil. Then add the beans and corn and simmer for about 30 minutes or more. Serve warm and garnish as desired.

Chili con carne according to an original Mexican recipe with kidney beans


Cuban style kidney beans with rice



250 g basmati rice

1 can of kidney beans

1 red onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic

400 ml coconut milk (unsweetened)

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

1 bay leaf

1 sprig of fresh thyme

Heat coconut milk in a saucepan and add onion cubes, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Add the rice and let it soak for about 25 minutes. Add the kidney beans about 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

Protein-rich kidney bean recipe with mince



140 g minced meat

90 g kidney beans

1 paprika, diced

1-2 shallots, diced

½ zucchini, diced

1 cup of pureed tomatoes

1 teaspoon oil

salt and pepper



Optional: chilli flakes

Heat the oil in the pan and sauté the shallots, zucchini and paprika in it. Add the minced meat and fry well. Season with salt and pepper and add the other spices. When the vegetables are ready, add the kidney beans and the tomatoes. Season everything to taste, add seasoning if necessary and serve warm.

Good appetite! 

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