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You need to try this black bean pesto

You read that right: black bean pesto!

We probably all know (and love) basil pesto, and if you haven't already, I highly recommend you make it yourself because it's super simple and easily customizable to your taste.

Last week I was introduced to black bean pesto. A chef explained that he used the ingredients for a traditional basil pesto but swapped the basil for black beans. He shared a few key tips, including roasting the garlic and pine nuts and ensuring the black beans are fully cooked and tender before blending. He also suggested that next time I swap pine nuts for almonds. I can't wait to try that!

This black bean pesto is delicious, rich in flavor, and a great way to eat fiber and protein without trying! It can be used as a topping or dip, as the star of the show on tacos, in a bowl, or in a salad. Try it yourself and let me know what you think!

Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2


  • 1 can of black beans

  • 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts

  • 4 cloves roasted garlic

  • 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • Salt to taste


  • Add the canned black beans to a pan and bring to a simmer. I use all the contents of the can, including the liquid the beans are in, for the flavor. I recommend buying canned black beans with no salt added in a BPA-free can.

  • Once the beans are simmering, remove them from the heat and let them cool.

  • Set your air fryer or oven to 350 degrees and roast the pine nuts and garlic.

  • Take the pine nuts out after 5 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Keep the garlic in for 10 more minutes.

  • After everything has cooled, add the black beans, pine nuts, garlic, Parmigiano Reggiano, and olive oil to your high-speed blender or food processor. My Nutribullet worked well.

  • Blend and taste.

  • Adjust the proportions of any of the ingredients and salt to taste.

*Note: The pesto can heat up when being blended. It tastes best when chilled.


I want to know what you think! Leave your comments below and tag me on Instagram to share your experience preparing this pesto or other pesto recipes you love.

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