Posted in Recipes on 15.01.2020
Spicy Baked Beans
prep: 10 mins / cook: 10 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 20 mins / quantity: 4 servings Print recipe?
Both sweet and savoury with a spicy kick, these homemade baked beans are so versatile and packed with flavour!
And being made with just a few store cupboard ingredients, these homemade baked beans are quick and versatile enough to be a speedy but healthy breakfast or lunch, or a delicious side to a hearty dinner. They also go ridiculously well with these Vegan Sausage Rolls if you want a lazy in front of the television dinner.
These baked beans are also just as good cold as they are hot. And they take that ultimate comfort food of beans on toast to a WHOLE new level. Fast food doesn’t have to be over-processed, under-flavoured and over-priced. It can be just a few simple ingredients and a few minutes before you’re sighing with satisfaction and a big tomatoey grin 🙂
This is healthy comfort food that couldn’t be easier!
Simply sizzle the onion and garlic until just softened before adding the rest of the ingredients and gently bubbling for 5 minutes. That’s it. Nothing more complicated than that.
You could cook your own cannelini beans (or even haricot beans) rather than use tinned ones as I have if you want to make everything yourself. I just wanted to make these as quick and easy as possible.
I’ve also used red onions for this vegan baked beans recipe because I use them for pretty much everything. They’re milder and slightly sweeter as well as being so, SO colourful. It’s all about eating the rainbow. Though that does make me sound like I slaughter and devour unicorns.
I don’t. For the record.
I DO urge you, however, to try these atop a couple of toasted slices of this Oaty Wholemeal Bread – your mouth, spirit and inner child will thank you.
I imagine they’ll make a great baked potato topping too. Not to self: make more baked beans and buy some potatoes.
Or how about with these Vegan Scrambled Eggs? Breakfast perfection friends.
Beans are not only high in protein but are also packed full of fibre, iron and folate. They are also low GI, meaning that they’ll keep you feeling full while your blood sugar levels remain stable.
Tomatoes are unusual in that their health benefits actually increase with cooking! They’re also packed with important nutrients – Vitamin A, potassium, iron and antioxidants.
Yes, food that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy can actually be pretty darn good for you too.
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Spicy Baked Beans
prep: 10 mins / cook: 10 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 20 mins / quantity: 4 servings
- Drizzle of olive oil
- 1 red onion – peeled and finely diced
- 2 large cloves garlic – peeled and minced
- 1 tblsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 – 1 tsp smoked paprika – though feel free to add more if you love spice!
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tblsp coconut sugar
- 1 tblsp liquid aminos or sub with light soy sauce
- 1 tblsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 + 1/2 cups (400g) can cannelini beans (280g drained weight)
- 1/2 cup (130ml) tomato passata
- 1-2 tsp mustard – I used dijon but English and wholegrain would work too
- salt and pepper
- In a medium/large saucepan gently sizzle the finely diced onion and the minced garlic with a drizzle of olive oil, stirring often, till they start to soften and the onion turns pale and translucent.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (apart from the salt and pepper) and simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly. Taste and season
- Serve immediately or cool and keep in the fridge for up to a week (great for the lunchtime hungries!)
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Just made this (for dinner ;)) and it’s damn delicious! It was so easy. Thanks for the recipe!
Hi Tracey and thank you for such a lovely comment! I can’t tell you how happy it makes me when someone tries my recipes and enjoys them … so glad you found it easy too 🙂 Thank you again!
what can I sub coconut sugar with? would honey be k?
Honey would be fine, or maple syrup if you want to keep them vegan – I would suggest tasting the beans without any sweet addition then adding the honey/maple syrup to your own taste .. hope this helps 🙂
We love beans in our house, the way this recipe is put together makes for a very tasty dish! Lovely, thankyou! We didn’t have the coconut sugar so used a bit of brown. How important would you say the coconut sugar is and is it worth buying in?
Thank you so much for your lovely comment and I’m so glad you enjoyed these beans! They’re a definite favourite in our house! As for the coconut sugar, it’s a little less refined than white sugar and has a slightly stronger, more caramel smell and flavour than brown sugar, but brown is a more than adequate substitute! 🙂