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4 Tasty Kidney Bean Recipes to Serve as Side Dishes or Entrées

Don’t get it twisted: Kidney beans should be kept on hand to make some seriously delicious side dishes and entrées, like hummus and chili. And we have four easy kidney bean recipes you’ll want to try for yourself tonight.

First up, this pink hummus.

1 kidney bean hummus
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You’ll want in on this one because, honestly, this kidney bean hummus is really good. It’s so good you’ll ditch the pita crackers and use a spoon instead.

Kidney bean hummus is super-easy to make because the blender does all the work. And what really makes the flavor pop in this hummus is salt. So give it a taste test before serving and add more if needed.

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Kidney bean hummus recipe

Homemade hummus made with kidney beans and spices is topped with olive oil, pepita seeds and fresh herbs. It makes a delicious appetizer, dip or snack.

Serves 3

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 dashes ground cumin
  • 3 dashes ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 2 – 3 dashes sea salt (or salt to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, for garnish
  • 1 sprig parsley, cilantro or dill, chopped, for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons pepita or sunflower seeds, for garnish
  • 3 teaspoons crumbled feta cheese, for garnish (optional)


  1. To a blender, add the kidney beans, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, pepper and salt.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer to serving dishes and drizzle olive oil on top. Garnish with fresh herbs, pepita seeds and feta cheese.
  4. Serve with pita bread, crackers or fresh veggies.
Next up, a hearty serving of kidney beans in chili. Adding kidney beans is a great way to stretch the chili to feed more people.
2 kidney bean chili
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Homemade ancho chili with kidney beans recipe

Homemade chili made with kidney beans, spices and ancho chili powder is quick and easy to make.

Serves 3

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 35 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or salt to taste)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat, and add the ground beef, onion and bell pepper.
  2. Stir as the ground beef mixture cooks. Let cook until the ground beef is no longer pink.
  3. Transfer to a plate with a paper towel to drain off excess grease.
  4. Heat a medium-size pot on medium heat, and add the ground beef mixture.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients, and stir.
  6. Let the chili simmer for about 25 minutes or until it reaches the desired thickness.
  7. Serve hot, and top with shredded cheese.

Next: Kidney bean veggie burger

A version of this article was originally published in May 2015.

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