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Beans And Potatoes

Made with under 10 ingredients, this aromatic and tasty, plant-protein packed, one-pot, beans and potatoes recipe makes for an easy and comforting meal.

Vegan Green Beans And-Potatoes recipe in a large bowl on a gray background

What meat and potatoes are to some carnivores, these beans and potatoes are to me. This is a satisfying, tasty, and comforting vegetarian meal that is sure to be a hit with all.

This easy, one-pot meal is full of flavor from sautéed onions, ginger, garlic, smoked paprika, coriander, and turmeric. It is as healthy as it is tasty.

What are the ingredients needed to make these beans and potatoes?

You need the following 10 ingredients to make this (and you probably have every one of these hanging out in your pantry):

9 ingredients to make comforting beans and potatoes
  1. Coriander
    I used powdered coriander I found at a local South Asian Store here in Atlanta. Now, I have found that not all powdered coriander is created equal. Some brands of coriander found at most neighborhood grocery stores are not as flavorful, so you might need to add in a couple more teaspoons. But, add in what I have noted in the recipe below first. Then, if you feel it needs more flavor after this dish has been seasoned with salt and pepper, add in a few more teaspoons of coriander to taste.
  2. Turmeric
    I used powdered turmeric in this recipe. But, if you have fresh turmeric, you can use that. If you do manage to get your hands on some fresh turmeric, then use 3 times as much as powdered turmeric. So, for this recipe, you would use either 1/2 tsp powdered turmeric or 1 1/2 tsps fresh, chopped or grated fresh turmeric.
  3. Smoked paprika/cayenne
    While I’ve added both here – smoked paprika and cayenne are not one and the same and differ greatly in taste, flavor, and heat. Cayenne tends to pack some heat and adds a nice hot, spicy flavor to this recipe. Whereas, smoked paprika adds a deep, smoky, flavor to it. I have added them both together, as I have made this dish sometimes with just smoked paprika only, and other times with just cayenne only. But, they can also be combined, if you want to enjoy the best of both spices.
  4. Onion
    For this recipe, fresh onion is a must. Onion powder would not be a good substitute. If you are short on time, you could grab one of those store-bought containers of pre-chopped fresh onion and use that.
  5. Garlic
    Just like the onion above, fresh garlic is a must in this recipe. You could grab a container of peeled fresh garlic, which is available at most grocery stores.
  6. Ginger
    Like the fresh onion and garlic, fresh ginger works best in this recipe.
  7. Olive oil
    I love the flavor of olive oil, so I use it in most of my recipes. However, you could use your favorite oil instead of olive oil.
  8. Potatoes
    I used 2 large baking potatoes in this recipe. I cut down on cooking time by dicing the potatoes into very small pieces – ever so slightly smaller than bite-sized pieces.
  9. Green beans
    Frozen green beans were used in this recipe. But, you can use canned green beans or fresh green beans as well
  10. Black beans
    Canned black beans that were drained and rinsed were used in this beans and potatoes recipe. Using canned black beans cut down on time as well as extra steps involved if dry black beans are used.
Cutting potatoes extra small to cook quickly

To me, potatoes are comfort food. And, this week, my daughter and I have needed all the comfort we can get.

This past Wednesday, our 10 years and 1-month-old Newfoundland mix, Ollie, decided to join his sister, Tawny, over the rainbow. He was diagnosed with an inoperable stomach tumor on Monday, and he succumbed to it on Wednesday morning.

Just like his sister, he showed us, especially my daughter, the depths of true, unconditional love. To have experienced his love and loyalty has been such an amazing blessing ~ one not easily forgotten. Our house is so quiet without him running around and grumbling and barking. To say he is missed is putting it mildly.

Easy tasty Green Beans And Potatoes in a pan

As we try to get back to some semblance of navigating this life without him, we have been trying to eat more potatoes, which are what some people call, nature’s Prozac.

This easy, beans and potatoes dish has been so comforting and tasty. It is a plant-based, one-pot meal that is perfect to nourish ourselves with during this time.

Comforting Green Beans And Potatoes recipe
Vegan Green Beans And-Potatoes recipe in a large bowl on a gray background

Beans And Potatoes

4.71 from 17 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
Made with under 10 ingredients, this aromatic and tasty, plant-protein packed, one-pot, beans and potatoes recipe makes for an easy and comforting meal.


  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1.5 tap smoked paprika/cayenne
  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1-15.25 oz can black beans
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional parsley and chili flakes to garnish


  • First peel the onion, garlic cloves, and ginger.
  • Then, chop them up well.
  • Place the olive oil in a large pan set over a stovetop on medium heat, and add in the onion, ginger, and garlic and sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring often, so these do not burn.
  • While the onion, ginger, and garlic are sautéing, rinse off the potatoes and dice them up very small.
  • Add the finely diced potatoes to the pan.
  • Also add in the spices such as the coriander, smoked paprika/cayenne, and turmeric and mix well.
  • Then, add in the water and turn the heat on the stove up a bit. Cover the pan and let the potatoes cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and prod the potatoes with a fork to make sure they are tender. At this point, they should be tender. However, if they are not, add in 1/8 cup of water and then place the lid back on, and cook for about 3-5 more minutes.
  • Then, add in the frozen beans and black beans and stir well. Place the lid back on and cook about 3-5 more minutes, or until the beans are not frozen.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Then, sprinkle on some chopped parsley and chili flakes, and enjoy!
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  1. Christy says:

    I made this with 1tsp of smoked paprika and 1/2tsp cayenne. Turns out that’s too much cayenne for me! I couldn’t eat much of it. I think I will use only 1/4 tsp cayenne next time. It was good, though, and I think dialing down the spice a bit will make it a good staple meal.

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  3. Lynne says:

    Great way to use leftovers. I used fresh green beans and leftover black beans and steamed potatoes. Put the green beans in with the onions, garlic, and ginger. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, then add the potatoes and beans. I used a pinch of cayenne and lots of smoked paprika.

  4. John / Kitchen Riffs says:

    Wow. This looks terrific. This is exactly the sort of thing we like for dinner. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Holley says:

    I’m always looking for tasty and easy one-pot meals and this one is great! Full of flavor and simple to make!

  6. Claudia says:

    I love these both never thought to combine looks delicious and I will try this soon

  7. Anjali says:

    This was such a delicious and filling veggie side dish for our family dinner tonight! Everyone loved it!

  8. Anjali says:

    This was such a delicious and filling veggie side dish for our family dinner tonight! Everyone loved it!

  9. Tara says:

    This dish was so filling and hearty! Perfect recipe to have on hand. Thank you!

  10. Mahy says:

    I can only imagine the amount of flavor this dish has. Can’t wait to try it out myself!