Cooking with beans is one of my favorite ways to save money on my grocery bill. Beans are cheap, filling, SO healthy, and they taste great.
One of my biggest grocery-budget helpers is cooking a few meat-free meals a week where beans are the main protein. I highly recommend that anybody who wants to save money take up the same practice.
And to help you out, I’ve compiled a list of awesome recipes that use beans. While many of the recipes still contain meat, you can often cut back on the meat that is in a meal when you use beans (cuz they’re pretty filling and full of protein).
So have a look at these cheap, healthy, bean-filled recipes:
Cheap Recipes for Dinner – Save Money with 17 Bean Recipes
1. Pasta e Fagioli Pasta and Beans
This delightful Italian dish is the perfect dinner for a chilly day. To learn how to make pasta e fagioli pasta and beans, head on over to anitalianinmykitchen.com.
2. Black Bean Quinoa Burger
These quick, healthy, and filling bean burgers can help you have a meatless (money-saving) meal any day of the week. Fix them up with buns and toppings of your choice and you’re good to go. Check out the recipe at watchwhatyoueat.com!
3. Huevos Rancheros
These huevos rancheros will fill your tummy and delight your taste buds. The combination of fresh corn tortillas, black beans, cheese, and salsa verde will have you wishing for more! Not to mention, this is a meatless meal so it’s less $$$. See the simple recipe at savorytooth.com.
4. Crockpot Mexican Shredded Chicken
This delicious shredded chicken recipe, made with black beans, is impressive enough for a party and easy enough to make for a weeknight meal. Shredding your chicken helps it go further, and adding some beans and rice makes this meal filling and nutrition. You can get the recipe by visiting thismamacooks.com.
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5. Refried Beans
If you’re looking for a great side dish or something to dip your chips in, these refried beans will fit the bill. They’re easy peasy and they taste great. To see the recipe, click over to tasteandsee.com.
6. Lentil Tacos
For a meatless, Mexican inspired meal, check out these scrumptious lentil tacos: they’re simple, quick, and plant-based! The recipe can be found at thismamaloves.com
7. White Chicken Chili
White chicken chili can be whipped up quick for dinner and frozen for later if you have leftovers. Just go heavy on the beans if you want to cut back on meat in the soup. Check out bunnyswarmoven.net for the recipe.
8. Hearty Pumpkin Chili
Tired of traditional chili? This hearty pumpkin chili is a unique twist on a well-loved dish. And, this comforting soup will freeze well if you want to make a double batch. Find out how to make it at theflyingcouponer.com.
9. Mexican Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
If you’re looking for something creative to make for dinner, try these black bean and quinoa stuffed peppers! They’re super healthy and sure to please your family (okay, I know buying tons of bell peppers isn’t exactly ‘cheap’, but this just looked too yummy to leave out)! Mommymusings.com has this recipe ready and waiting for you!
10. Black Bean and Quinoa Soup
Try making this tasty black bean soup for a suuuuper affordable and health-conscious meal. Click through to momfoodie.com to see the process.
11. Turkey Taco Chili
This tempting turkey chili is packed full of beans, and it’s sure to please your minis. Joyfilledeats.com has all the details – so head on over there!
12. Baked Southwest Eggrolls
These savory southwest eggrolls are made with black beans, corn, chicken, and more. If you want to learn how to make these delicious things, scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com has all the details.
13. No-Soak Instant Pot Baked Beans
No-soak Instant Pot baked beans are the perfect, easy side dish for dinner. Just follow the instructions at temeculablogs.com, and let this dish basically cook itself.
14. Coconut Chickpea Curry
In the mood for curry? This coconut chickpea curry can be made using only two pots – that means mom has less to clean up! Find out how to cook this delicious meal at anourishedlife.blog.
15. Chile Con Queso Pasta Bake
Ready for a delightful pasta bake? This chile con queso pasta will bring you back for seconds. It’s full of lots of beans and cheesy goodness. You can find the recipe at deliciousonadime.com.
16. 30-Minute Sweet Potato Black Bean Burrito Recipe
Next time you need a quick, affordable meal, give these 30-minute burritos a try. They’re made with black beans and sweet potatoes, and they’re completely vegan. Check out staceyhomemaker.com to find out how to whip this up!
17. Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili
This yummy chicken chili will warm you up on a cold winter day – it’s full of lots of yummy veggies, and it’s made in a slow cooker, so you can let it cook itself! Find the recipe at mashupmom.com.
Start Cooking with Beans Today
When you’re looking to save money on groceries, cooking with beans can help. And whether you’re used to cooking with beans regularly, or not, you can decide now to make bean recipes a part of your regular menu. So take a look at the delectable recipes above, make a plan, and start eating more beans today!