Beans (red, pinto, white, black, and others) are some of our favorite foods consumed nearly daily in our home. You'll find our favorite bean recipes here, even a dessert!
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By Tia Clara, published Feb 14, 2023 on
These are some great reasons why bean recipes are popular and widely enjoyed:
- Nutritious: Beans are a great source of plant-based protein and are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This makes beans a healthy addition to any diet. Consuming beans can help you feel fuller for longer, which can help with weight management and control blood sugar levels.
- Versatile: Beans can be used in various dishes, such as soups, stews, salads, and dips. They can be cooked in many ways and combined with other ingredients to create a wide range of flavors and textures.
- Affordable: Beans are relatively inexpensive compared to other sources of protein, which makes them a budget-friendly alternative if you're looking for savings on your grocery bills.
- Sustainable: Beans are a sustainable food source as they require less water and resources to produce compared to animal-based protein sources.
- Easy to prepare: Beans can be prepared in various ways, but most methods involve soaking them overnight and then boiling or simmering them until tender. They can also be cooked in a slow cooker or pressure cooker for added convenience.
Overall, bean recipes are an excellent option for anyone looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet or looking for a healthy and affordable source of protein. Here are some of our favorite ways to eat beans and pulses:
1. Stewed beans
Habichuelas Guisadas is one of the dishes that appear almost daily at the lunch table and is one of the tests of the competent Dominican home cook. A tasty creamy stew-like bean dish seasoned with spices and herbs, it's used to bathe a plate of rice.
2. Rice with beans
Dominican rice and beans is one of the most common dishes on the Dominican table, and you can modify it by using other types of beans.
3. Sweet cream of beans
Have you ever had a bean dessert? Well, then, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by this amazing Dominican sweet cream of beans. This is a strange combination of ingredients for a dessert, but we absolutely love this Lenten tradition!
4. Rice with black beans and pork
The delicious dish of beans combined with meat mixes rice, pork, and black beans in one simple and tasty dish. Take advantage of how simple this lovely dish is to prepare, and save yourself some time in the kitchen.
5. Beans, rice, and pork stew
Try our this Locrio de pollo – the Dominican chicken and rice recipe – a very popular rice dish in our country,, which combines vegetables, rice, and chicken in a juicy, flavorful rice dish that will knock your socks off. Lunch has never been as fancy or tasty as this dish.
6. Small white beans recipe
Are you looking to add some variation to your menu? How about some habichuelas blancas guisadas, the classic Dominican lunch dish, but made with small white beans? I have added some new great touches you'll appreciate while retaining all our creole flavors.
7. Green split pea soup
Light, quick, nutritious, and easy, this creamy, filling green split pea soup is perfect for dinner on those fresh spring nights. One simple change in the recipe and it turns into a comforting, nutritious vegan dish.
8. Stewed black beans
Habichuelas negras, or frijoles negros, while not as popular as other types of beans on our table, it is one of my favorites for its attractive presentation and strong flavors. It can also very easily be turned into a vegan dish. Don't hesitate. I promise it will be worth your while!
9. Sweet & spicy bean stew
This bean stew is a delightful, hearty soup that combines spicy and sweet flavors in a decidedly savory, hearty stew with all the Caribbean flavors combined.
10. Peppers stuffed with rice and butter beans
I have used this version of the "moro" (rice and fava beans) for stuffing roasted pepper, Peppers Stuffed with Rice and Fava (or Butter) Beans is an unusual and attractive alternative to everyday rice.
11. Black beans and rice
You'll love a steaming plate of our wonderful black beans and rice or moro de habichuelas negras. A popular rice dish in the Spanish Caribbean, it is called congrí in parts of Cuba. Check out our easy recipe and add Dominican and Spanish Caribbean flavor to your meal
12. Sweet cream of beans popsicles
Can there be an easier way to make habichuelas con dulce that is better suited for hot summer days? The answer is a resounding yes. Cool off and enjoy one of our favorite desserts in the form of a scrumptious bean-based popsicle that is sure to please kids and grown-ups alike.
13. Stewed lentils
Lentils are pulses, not beans, but this is our favorite lentil recipe, an amazingly flavorful dish that can make up half of the meal on its own. The inexpensive and nutritious lentil is one of the noblest and most versatile legumes and lends itself to wonderful dishes, simple or complex. Enjoy it.
14. Mediterranean white bean soup
With Mediterranean flavors and ingredients, this comforting white bean soup is perfect for a light dinner.
15. Fava bean salad
Substantial salad or light dinner? This flavorful and nutritious dish will be perfect either way.