Keep a few cans of beans in the pantry and you'll always have easy access to these 12 Mexican recipes. And you're not allowed to have any guilt for using canned beans! When you're loading up your beans with this much flavor then it doesn't matter if you're starting with canned or home-cooked beans. Here's all the recipes you can choose from...
Easy Mexican Bean Soup: This is a great recipe for a soul-warming batch of Mexican Bean Soup. It uses simple, healthy ingredients, and you can easily turn this into a meal by dipping some crispy, cheesy corn tortillas in it.
Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas: You can make some awesome red sauce enchiladas with a simple mixture of beans, rice, and cheese. I used both Anchos and Guajillos to make the enchilada sauce, but you'll get an equally good result when using all Ancho chiles.
Awesome Refried Beans: By now you're probably familiar with these Refried Beans, but I keep mentioning them because I get so much mileage out of them! Infusing your beans with the smoky heat of chipotles is the key -- this gives them incredible flavor and will keep you coming back for more.
Bean Tostadas with Avocado and Queso Fresco: You can get wildly creative with Bean Tostadas for some quick, impromptu meals -- especially if you've already got some refried beans in the fridge! For this batch I topped with avocado, Queso Fresco, and freshly made Salsa.
Chile Verde Rice and Beans: Chile Verde is a flavor explosion and you can serve it up with some plain ol' rice and beans for a quick, satisfying meal. The key to the Chile Verde sauce is the roasted Poblano flavor, so try to add Poblanos to your grocery list if this meal sounds appealing.
Enfrijoladas: Enfrijoladas are wildly versatile and once you get familiar with them you’ll find all sorts of ways to customize them to your liking. Drench your tortillas in the chipotle-infused bean puree and then load them up how you see fit!
Quick Bean Dip for Dinner: I've been making this impromptu Bean Dip for dinner over the past couple weeks. You can easily serve it up next to some chips, but I dip crispy, cheesy corn tortillas in it and that turns it into a meal for me.
Spicy Bean and Egg Burritos: Once you've got some Refried Beans in the house you can easily whip up these Spicy Bean and Egg Burritos. This recipe makes 8 mini-sized burritos that I put on standby in the freezer for some quick, no-thinking-involved meals.
Spicy Black Bean Nachos: Use a spicy black bean puree as the base of your Nachos and all is well in the world for a few minutes. These are delicious even with just the beans and cheese, so you can consider everything else on top a bonus!
Black Bean and Guacamole Tostadas: This is a quick meal that I make on a regular basis. The bean-n-guac combo is awesome, and the fat from the avocados turns this into a filling meal for me.
Molletes: Molletes are open faced bean and cheese sandwiches that can be made in a matter of minutes. I usually put these in the oven for a few minutes to crisp them up and then top with some freshly made Pico de Gallo.
Black Bean and Corn Salsa: This versatile Black Bean and Corn Salsa will have you dreaming up all sorts of ways to consume it. Lately I use it for taco salads -- simply add some chopped romaine, a drizzle of dressing, and dinner is served.
Spicy Black Bean Pizza: Pizza?! This is a crispy, thin crust pizza that relies on your familiar black bean puree and a thin layer of garlic oil to create a vegetarian delight that will have you re-thinking the true meaning of Pizza :)
Okay, I hope you found some new ideas in this list! I get so much use out of those Refried Beans so I usually recommend people start with those. Click the 'Get the recipe!' button below to see the full list and instructions for these recipes. Enjoy!!