If you bother keeping a pantry stocked, chances are you've got a can of black beans on hand at all times. This is great. You never know when you're going to have a pathetically empty fridge and need to rely on the goods in the cupboard to make a meal.

When you find yourself in that situation, you're going to need recipes to make sure you aren't stuck with another meal of rice and beans. Don't get us wrong, we love rice and beans, but there's a lot more you can make with a can of black beans. Easy and awesome meals too.

While we love canned black beans for the absolute convenience, we think you all should know that making a pot of beans couldn't be easier -- and the taste is 1,000 times worth the minimal effort. But whichever black bean you use, dried or canned, these are the recipes you need to turn them into a totally awesome, and ridiculously easy, meal.

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    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/pinto_beans_with_bacon_and_jalapenos/" target="_blank">Pinto Beans with Bacon and Jalapeños</a> recipe from Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Mexican Three Bean Salad

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  • Baked Queso Dip

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  • Cowboy Beans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cowboy_beans/" target="_blank">Cowboy Beans recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong>

  • Fennel And Farro Salad With Apple And Pinto Beans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.flourishingfoodie.com/2013/04/fennel-and-farro-salad-with-apple-and.html" target="_blank">Fennel and Farro Salad with Apple and Pinto Beans recipe from Flourishing Foodie</a></strong>

  • Chicken Tacos With Mashed Pinto Beans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/12299-chicken-tacos-with-mashed-pinto-beans" target="_blank">Chicken Tacos with Mashed Pinto Beans recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Creamy Hummus With Pinto Beans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bitterbaker.com/creamy-hummus/" target="_blank">Creamy Hummus with Pinto Beans recipe from Bitter Baker</a></strong>

  • Pinto Bean Molletes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2013/09/pinto-bean-molletes/" target="_blank">Pinto Bean Molletes recipe from Macheesmo</a></strong>

  • Chili Con Carne

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chili-con-carne_n_1060928.html" target="_blank">Chili Con Carne</a> recipe</strong>

  • Indian Spicy Pinto Bean Curry (Rajma)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/6164-indian-spicy-pinto-bean-curry-rajma" target="_blank">Indian Spicy Pinto Bean Curry (Rajma) recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Mixed Vegetable And Farro Soup

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mixed-vegetable-and-farro_n_1059524.html" target="_blank">Mixed Vegetable and Farro Soup</a> recipe</strong>

  • Cheesy Chili Pepper Pinto Sliders With Caramelized Onions

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/13499-cheesy-chili-pepper-pinto-sliders-with-caramelized-onions" target="_blank">Cheesy Chili Pepper Pinto Sliders with Caramelized Onions recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Refried Beans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/refried_beans/" target="_blank">Refried Beans recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong>

  • Vegetarian Posole

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/vegetarian-posole_n_1057350.html" target="_blank">Vegetarian Posole</a> recipe</strong>

  • Pinto Bean Pie

    <strong>Ge the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/8272-pinto-bean-pie" target="_blank">Pinto Bean Pie recipe from Food52</a></strong> I know, I know. It sounds insane. Doesn't that make you want to try it?