Beans—especially canned beans—don’t get any of the credit they deserve. Sure, that sounds like an overstatement, but it’s the truth. I don’t make the rules. I talk all the time about the versatility of different ingredients (that’s pretty much the whole premise of this non-boring recipe series), but beans are truly one of the most versatile of the whole bunch. They can be whipped into a dip, cooked down into a creamy mash, stuffed into tortillas, peppers, and sweet potatoes, formed into patties, and more. Not only that, but they’re basically a blank canvas when it comes to flavor. The world is your oyster. They’re just so, so useful. Still don’t believe me? Well, stick with us, because we’ve rounded 30 recipes that’ll prove just that.
10. Black Bean Dip
15. Tamale Pie