Simple cheap recipes #3 Smoky baked beans. Regular or Mexican style!

Yeah and they aren’t baked either, you can do them in a pan on the hob.beans

Home made baked beans were a revelation I experienced in a little vegan cafe in Brighton. So simple and so tasty, regular baked beans have become a memory (or only come with chips from the chippy)

You will need:

  1. Quite a large frying pan with good depth. You can use a saucepan but it will take a little longer. Surface area to volume ratio and all that!
  2. 1 tspn olive oil
  3. 2 -3 cloves of garlic (minced or chopped)
  4. 1-2 red peppers (chopped fairly small)
  5. Chilli ( fresh or dried to taste)
  6. 1 tspn dried oregano – optional
  7. 3 tins of beans in water. Cannelini, butter, haricot, borlotti it really doesn’t matter. (You can used dried beans and rehydrate them, which is even cheaper – just follow the instructions on the packet)
  8. 1 large onion – finely chopped
  9. 1 can chopped tomatoes
  10. 1 can / jar passata
  11. 2 tspn smoked paprika (available in regular supermarkets)
  12. 1 vegetarian stock cube
  13. OPTION – add a little cumin to make it more Mexican style.
  • Fry the onion and garlic in the oil until it’s soft then add in the peppers, chilli & herbs. Fry for 2-3 minutes
  • Drain and rinse your beans in a sieve, add them to the pan.
  • Then add your stock cube, & tomatoes.  There should be enough juice to just about cover the beans, if not, add a little water.
  • Leave to simmer, stirring occasionally until the juice reduces and the beans get a bit squishy. Probably about 20 mins – could take longer in a saucepan and watch it doesn’t stick!
  • Season with salt / pepper to taste.

I like my beans thick and gloopy so I often get a potato masher out and squish about 1/2 the beans so that the mixture is thicker.  If you mash all the beans it becomes like refried beans – mmmm nice!

If you want your beans dirty add some grated cheese and melt it in!

How to use them…

1 On toast or on a jacket potato like regular beans.

2 Make potato wedges (ok or chips) and dollop a load of beans over the top and top off with a little grated cheese.

3 If you go for the thicker bean mix use it to fill tortillas, or burritos, serve with guacamole, salsa & cheese (vegan or regular) and hey you have a Mexican night just add Desperados !


4 Serve in a bowl and scoop up using tortilla chips for a cheeky snack or starter.

5 You could layer it up with lasagne to make a protein packed veggie lasagne.

6 Use it as a sauce with pasta shapes.

If you make a huge batch it freezes really well!



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