10 tasty ways to put beans to use lowering your grocery bill!

I’ve been starting to use more beans around here because not only does a certain little person love them, they help stretch the grocery budget!  I also love the fact that they’re filling and nutritious.  Buying canned beans can be economical, but if you purchase dry beans in bulk, that’s even more economical.

While beans can be boring, they can also be super tasty to more creative you can be.  I’ve rounded up 10 tasty ways to use beans that you’re sure to enjoy!

In Smoothies

Sounds weird right?  But you’ve got to check out this recipe for Cocoa Bean smoothie from Tasting Table.

Make Bean Dip

One of our favourite ways to enjoy beans is to make bean dip by layering refried beans, cream cheese, salsa and cheddar cheese in a baking dish.  We then bake it at 350 until the cheese is all melted and bubbly.  Here’s a recipe for refried beans. You could also try this Black bean dip, looks tasty!

In Chili and Soups

Beans are a great addition to chili and soups.  Try out my recipe for Turkey Chili.  You could omit the turkey and add another bean variety to make it really cost effective.  This minestrone soup looks delicious!

In Taco Meat

Add beans to your taco meat to help it go further.  Black beans are a great addition.

In Dessert

I’m sure you must know about Black Bean brownies?  While I have yet to try them myself, I’ve heard others rave about black bean brownies!

Make Baked Beans

We’ve been thoroughly enjoying the recipe for slow cooker baked beans found over at 100 Days of Real Food.  It makes a big batch so I always freeze the leftovers.

In Bean Salad

Confession: growing up, I would always pass over the bean salad. It was just not appealing to me (aka: gross).  But now that I’m much older and wiser ;), I think I could get on board with eating some bean salad!  I’m going to try this recipe first.

In Burritos

One of our favorite ways to use beans is in these Black Bean and Salsa Burritos.  That reminds me, we haven’t made these in a while! Time to add them to the menu.

In Pasta Sauce

Did you know you can create a delicious alfredo sauce using white beans?  You can!  Just follow this recipe: White bean alfredo sauce.

Black Bean Burgers

Celebrate Meatless Monday and BBQ season with this recipe for Black Bean Veggie Burgers.  They sound mighty tasty.

In Hummus

I was on the hunt for a delicious homemade hummus, so I created this one!  Though, I’m not entirely sure chickpeas are considered a bean.  They’re a legume and so are beans so I’m going with it.

Do you have any tasty ways to use beans?  Recipe links in the comments are always welcome!