5 Tasty Red Kidney Bean Recipes

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

We've all tried red kidney beans before, but have you ever seen them used like this? Below are some of the best red kidney bean recipes we've found. Commonly you might see Mexican red kidney bean recipes and many South American dishes, but other cuisines incorporate kidney beans including Creole and Middle Eastern.


As with all pulses red kidney beans are high in fibre and a unique mix of vitamins and minerals. They are also high in starchy carbohydrates which take time for the body to break down, unlike simple carbs found in processed foods which spike blood sugar levels. Like most legumes they are also high in protein and combine well with grains and seeds like sesame seeds to form complete protein. Now you know why kidney beans always seem to be paired with rice! There are also many great kidney bean recipes for kids and babies because when mashed up they are easy to eat but with all that great nutrition.


In Australia white kidney beans are more commonly known as cannellini beans which means most of us know red kidney beans simply as kidney beans. They can be milled to create a pulse flour which can be used as an alternative to traditional grain flours.


Chocolate Kidney Bean Donuts

Chocolate Red Kidney Bean Donuts from Nina's Vegan Recipes
Chocolate Red Kidney Bean Donuts from Nina's Vegan Recipes

One of the secrets of vegan cooking is using beans like black beans or kidney beans to create a rich texture in your baked treats. If you like donuts you should try this gluten free recipe from Nina's Vegan Recipes.


Red Kidney Bean Burgers

Kidney Bean Burger from Spice Up The Curry

Red kidney beans make great burgers thanks to their high protein and firm texture. There are many ways to make a great veggie burger, but we like this kidney bean burger recipe from Spice Up The Curry.


Afghan Kidney Bean Curry

Afghan Kidney Bean Curry from The Curious Chickpea

When we think about curry our first thought is usually Indian cuisine. But many other cultures are famous for kidney bean curry recipes. If you're looking to try something a bit different then check out this Afghan recipe from The Curious Chickpea.


Kidney Bean Fajita Tacos

Kidney Bean Fajita Tacos from Carve Your Craving

If you're going to make a list of the best kidney bean recipes you need a Mexican dish. Kidney beans are thought to originate from Peru which makes sense with all the amazing Central and South American recipes. There are plenty of recipes to choose from, but we like the simplicity of this one from Carve Your Craving.


Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes

Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes by One Handed Cooks

If donuts aren't your thing, then maybe, you'll prefer this red kidney bean cupcake recipe. For some kidney bean dessert recipes, the texture of beans doesn't quite work, but with these cupcakes that extra density makes them even richer. Check out the recipe on One Handed Cooks.