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13 Wondrous Things to Do with Canned Beans

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Yes, there's something beautiful in a pot of beans, simmering away: of spooning up its garlicky, brothy goodness, of stretching it all week, of feeling whole and useful and efficient. That's all wonderful. But when dinner needs to have happened five minutes ago, and you're looking for something to sustain you now this very second, it's time to whip out the handy can opener. Here are our 13 ways to transform canned beans into a proper dinner -- one that just might be as good as that pot of long-simmered beans could've been.

Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado by EmilyC


Pork tacos from Food52


Heidi Swanson's Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic by Genius Recipes

Chickpea stew from Food52


Vegan Kale and White Bean Korma by Alexandra Dawson 

Korma from FOod52


White Bean Dip with Fresh Herbs by Gena Hamshaw 

White bean dip from Food52


Tuxedo Chili by TheRunawaySpoon

Tuxedo chili from Food52 


Pearl Couscous with Roasty Roots, Chickpeas, and Pepitas by cristinasciarra

Pearl couscous from Food52


Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini by Genius Recipes

Squash salad from Food52


Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata by Hadyourtea?

Frittat from Food52


Tempeh Chili by Gena Hamshaw

Tempeh chili from Food52


The Splendid Table's Refried Beans with Cinnamon and Clove by Genius Recipes

Refried Beans from Food52


 Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette by Jillian Bernardini

Quinoa salad from Food52


Sweet Potato Chana Masala by MrsWheelbarrow

Chana masala from Food52 


Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili by Stacy McCann

Quinoa chili from Food52


Tags: beans, canned beans, healthy, quick

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