Black beans are small, black, shiny beans, packed with protein, fiber, iron, and various minerals, plus they are loaded with antioxidants. They have a delicious smoky flavor.
They can be purchased dried, in packets or from bulk bins, or precooked in cans. Canned beans are more convenient, and very little is lost nutritionally, so they are handy to keep in your pantry. Choose a brand which doesn’t add extra salt or other additives.
Black beans can be added to many different soups and stews. They can be used in burritos, served with rice, or as a topping for a baked potato. They can also be made into a tasty dip.
Recipes: Mexican Black Bean Salad, and Easy Black Bean Dip – see below: