Healthy bean recipes

According to Dan Buettner, beans are arguably the number one healthiest food in the world. The New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow believes that consuming a cup of beans daily can add some extra four years to your life! To add some weight to his assertion, the Emmy Award-winning journalist says that, for over a decade, he has studied some of the places around the globe where people live the longest, pointing out that the people in those places consume beans more than we do.

Notably, the Guinness World Record holder’s assertion regarding the health quality of beans does have scientific backing. For example, scientists have found this food to be an incredible source of B vitamins, protein, dietary fiber, not to mention other essential nutrients. Nonetheless, they believe based on evidence that it can help maintain a healthy gut, as well as reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels in the body.

As you can see, beans can provide significant health benefits to the body. Having said that, here are the top 2 mouthwatering and healthy bean recipes you really should try at home. The best part is that if you don’t wish to cook, you can order the respective meal kits from Home Chef and Hello Fresh.

Sun Basket is an alternative source of sumptuous, satisfying, and healthy bean recipes, which are very easy to cook. We’ll discuss some of those recipes in the next article. For now, let’s keep it strict to bean recipes you can cook from scratch or halfway through, using a partially prepared meal kit from Hello Fresh or Home Chef.

1. Black Bean Chili with Tortilla Strips and Sour Cream

This delicacy tastes completely good with rich flavors achieved by simmering together black beans, onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers, which are then garnished with chili toppings. Here is the recipe for it:

What You Will Need

  1. A source of heat.
  2. One medium-size pot.
  3. Other necessary food preparation utensils.


  1. 15½ oz. cooked black beans.
  2. 8 fl. oz. tomato sauce.
  3. 4 oz. grape tomatoes.
  4. 1 red onion.
  5. 1 oz. tortilla strips.
  6. 1 tbsp. cumin rub and chile.
  7. 1 red bell pepper.
  8. 1 oz. grated cotija cheese.
  9. 2 oz. sour cream.
  10. 1tbsp. or more olive oil as necessary.
  11. Salt to taste.
  12. Pepper as much as necessary.


  1. Start by washing and patting dry your washable ingredients, that is, tomatoes, onions, and pepper.
  2. Next, peel and cut the onion into two halves.
  3. Then, cut halves into ¼-inch cubes.
  4. Now, core tomatoes and cut into ¼-inch cubes.
  5. Thereafter, prepare and cut the pepper into ¼-inch cubes.
  6. After that, cook the onion and pepper cubes in the pot over medium-high heat with 1 tbsp. olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  7. After the vegetables are softened, stir in half the tomatoes, cumin, and chili powder. (You’ll use the remaining tomatoes for garnish purposes).
  8. Next, stir in beans and the tomato sauce without forgetting to add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  9. Once the beans have cooked to tenderness and the stew is slightly thickened, remove from heat.
  10. After the dish has cooled off, serve to individual plates and garnish with the remaining tomatoes and onions.
  11. Finally, top with tortilla strips, cheese, and sour cream, then enjoy!

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The good news is that Home Chef offers black bean chili with tortilla strips and sour cream, which is, by the way, one of their best selling meal kits. You’ve never heard about this meal delivery service before? Here is an in-depth review to give you a good idea of the service.

With the kit, everything you’ll need to cook your recipe is included in the box. As such, you won’t have to worry about shopping for the ingredients one after the other. That can be relatively time-consuming and not so cost-saving by the way.

2. Buenos Días Black Bean Bowls with Chunky Guacamole and a Fried Egg Topper

This absolutely mouthwatering recipe combines cheesy rice and black beans, topping the combo with chunky guacamole, perfectly fried eggs, and tangy lime crema, and. It’s easy to cook, satisfying, and healthy like no other, thanks to the presence of black beans.

By the way, black beans are one of the healthiest varieties of beans out there. Also, you can order this delicacy from Hello Fresh as a partially prepared meal kit to save time.

What You Will Need

  1. A medium-size pot.
  2. A large nonstick pan.
  3. A source of heat.
  4. 2 small bowls.


  1. 13 oz. black beans.
  2. 2 eggs.
  3. 1 Roma tomato.
  4. 2 unit scallions.
  5. 4 tbsp. guacamole.
  6. ¾ cup cooked Jasmine rice.
  7. 1 unit veggie stock concentrate.
  8. 1 chili pepper.
  9. 1 tbsp. Southwest seasoning.
  10. ½ cup Mexican cheese blend.
  11. 2 tbsp sour cream.
  12. 1 lime.
  13. 2 tsp. vegetable oil.
  14. 1 tbsp butter.
  15. 1 tbsp salt.
  16. Some taste.


  1. Wash and dry all the washable ingredients.
  2. Next, trim and slice scallions, making sure to separate whites from greens.
  3. Then, drain and rinse beans.
  4. After that, dice the tomato and set aside.
  5. Similarly, quarter the lime and set aside.
  6. Next, slice chili thinly, making sure to remove the seeds for less heat.
  7. In the pot, melt 1tbsp of butter, using medium-high heat.
  8. Thereafter, add scallion whites and cook while stirring occasionally until softened.
  9. Then, stir in rice, beans, veggie stock concentrate, half the Southwest seasoning, ¾ cup water, and ½ tsp salt.
  10. Once the rice is tender, remove from heat and set aside keeping it covered until ready to serve.
  11. Next, combine lime zest, a squeeze of lime juice, and sour cream in the bowl and add water until you achieve a drizzling consistency with your mixture.
  12. Now, combine tomato, guacamole, a pinch of chili(optional), and a squeeze of lime juice to taste in the second small bowl and season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  13. In the nonstick pan, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat until hot enough.
  14. Next, crack eggs into the pan, and sprinkle the eggs with some remaining Southwest seasoning.
  15. After that, cover and cook for 4 minutes.
  16. Next, season with salt and take away from heat.
  17. Now, add half the Mexican cheese to the rice mixture and season with salt as well as pepper.
  18. Then, divide the mixture between the individual rice bowls, topping them with eggs, guacamole, and the remaining cheese.
  19. Thereafter, garnish each bowl with scallion greens. You may also add more chili if you desire.
  20. Finally, drizzle each bowl with crema and serve with the remaining lime wedges on the side.

Final Thoughts

Often underrated, beans are one of the healthiest foods on the planet you can ever eat. They are packed with protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins among other essential nutrients that play important roles in our health. That’s why people who consume them more often tend to live longer than normal. Having said that, you can start your bean diet with the two mouthwatering and nutritious recipes above.