Kidney Bean Recipes

Kidney beans are a staple ingredient in chili, but they’re so much more versatile than that. Check out our recipes with kidney beans for creative (and easy!) ideas.

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Bonnie’s Chili

This chili is incredibly easy to make, and has a surprising depth of flavor for something that comes together in no time before the slow cooker takes over the work. I can make this for people who like it hot or mild just by changing the salsa. You can make it really spicy if you add hot peppers and hot salsa. —Bonnie Altig, North Pole, Alaska

Campfire Beans

Served with cheese-topped corn bread, this is delicious!—Flo Rahn, Hillsboro, Kansas


Quick Red Beans and Rice

Even my kids like this hearty, stick-to-the-ribs dish. I like to add cubed leftover ham to make it a main...


Quick Taco Soup

My family—husband Dave and I and our three teenagers—enjoy this spicy, hearty soup. It's a nice change of pace from...


Jalapeno Bean Dip

This is the snack my family usually requests. We especially like to make this zippy dip on camping trips because...

Four-Bean Medley

This side dish always gets compliments. It’s easy to make ahead and simmer in the slow cooker, so it’s super...


Mexican White Chili

White chili may be a little different from what you're used to, but it's sure to warm you up on...

Slow Cooker Calico Beans

With so many folks moving to meatless or healthier food choices, I decided to remove the meat from the original...


Avocado Bean Dip

I love guacamole! But I add beans to boost the amount of fiber in this version. It has a texture...


Four-Bean Taco Chili

This is how you heat up the dinner table on a cold night. My zesty chili is chock-full of ground...


White Chili with a Kick

Store-bought rotisserie chicken makes this spicy chili easy, but you could also cook your own. We like it with various...

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Three-Bean Baked Beans

I got this recipe from my aunt and made a couple of changes to suit our tastes. With ground beef...


Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

This is a spinoff of a Mexican dip I had once. The original was wicked good, but since I was...


Classic Chili

Mom's homemade chili recipe was the best! She knew just the right ingredients to put her 'stamp' on it. I...


Taco Joe Dip

My daughter was the first in our family to try this recipe. She thought it was delicious so she passed...


Garlic Bean Dip

There isn't a bean that my family does not like. In fact, I serve one kind or another almost every...

30-Minute Three-Bean Chili

Hearty ingredients and zesty spices will make you forget that this chunky no-meat chili is good for you. It's loaded...


Taco Bean Soup

This hearty three-bean soup is very easy to fix. You can add a can of green chiles if you like...


Homemade Vegetarian Chili

“I downsized the yield but not the flavor of my favorite vegetarian chili,” says Susan Wright, Yarmouth, Maine. Use leftovers...


Three-Bean Salsa

Here’s an easy recipe for fabulous, chunky salsa. “It’s fast, fresh, low in fat and high in fiber,“ shares Regina...


Southwestern Bean and Rice Salad

We enjoy fajitas and tacos, but finding a good side dish to go with them wasn't easy—until this recipe came...


Round Steak Chili

The addition of round steak gives this chili recipe a nice change of pace. Everyone in my family just loves...


Pepperoni Pizza Chili

We love this on a chilly day. A big bowl warms you right up, and the leftovers freeze well. I...

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Three-Bean Taco Chili

This hearty chili is filling, nourishing and tastes like it simmered all day long. Leftover chili freezes well for a...


Easy Slow Cooker Chili

This hearty chili can cook for up to 10 hours on low. It's so good to come home after a...


Chicken & Bean Chili

Chili Time is any time you want to make a hungry crowd happy. This creamy chili is a must at...


Family-Favorite Baked Beans

Lea Ann Anderson
TULSA, OKLAHOMA

Here’s a quick and easy recipe familiar to most at reunions and other large...


Cajun Beef and Beans

Here’s the hearty, stick-to-your-ribs dinner you’ve been looking for! Fire-roasted tomatoes, Cajun seasoning and chili powder add a nice dose...