Bean and Pea Side Dish Recipes

Bean and pea side dishes go far beyond baked beans and green bean casserole. Explore our collection of 520+ recipes and expand your side dish repertoire.

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Best Black Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 815
This 15-minute black beans recipe is a no-brainer when you're short on time.

Tuscan Bean 'Goppel'

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
Easy earthy side dish--or on its own with some good crusty bread and a glass of wine. Add grilled vegetables for vegetarian entree.

Frijoles a la Charra

Rating: 4 stars 163
This is a really tasty pinto beans recipe made in the slow cooker. This recipe is great to serve along with enchiladas or to take to a barbecue or potluck.

Chef John's Rocket Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 41
Rocket is another name for arugula. I love to use it as an herb, but don't buy it in the herb section of the supermarket; buy it in the lettuce section. This is an incredibly fast, incredibly simple, but satisfying rustic bean side dish.

Zesty Garbanzo Beans with Pistachio Nuts

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
If you are looking for a unique and flavorful side dish for just about any meat, this is it! I was never a garbanzo bean fan until I made this amazing, zesty, and impressive recipe!

Chef John's Santa Maria-Style Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 33
Classic Santa Maria-style beans are made with a special variety of pink beans called pinquitos. These 'little pink' beans are prepared in a spicy, smoky, tomato/chili sauce that's spiked with not one, but two kinds of pork. Santa Maria beans have come into my life relatively late, so I plan on making up for lost time this barbecue season.

Marinated Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 42
This wonderful salad uses lots of fresh ingredients, and gets better the longer you refrigerate it. It's a terrific dish to take to a potluck or any kind of get together.
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Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Rating: 4 stars 115
These beans taste like Boston Baked Beans. Yummy!

Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 718
Only fresh green beans and garlic will do for this easy, healthy, and flavorful side dish.

Quick and Easy Refried Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 333
A 20-minute refried beans recipe for busy evenings. Hello, Taco Tuesday!

Roasted Green Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 258
A great alternative to fast-food French fries. My family and friends love these as a snack or hors d'oeuvre. No matter how many I make, it's never enough!
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Creamed Onions and Peas

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
This is a wonderful recipe I use which calls for fresh pearl onions and fresh or frozen peas. Quick and tasty!

Inspiration and Ideas

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Boston Baked Beans
Rating: 4.5 stars 1336

Baked beans with bacon and onions, are a great side dish for any barbecue.