BBQ beans with mashed potato tops

BBQ beans with mashed potato tops

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 2

A healthy and filling lunch which is easy and cheap to make too - great for hungry kids

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal396
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre13g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.46g


  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 50g bacon, thinly chopped



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp treacle or brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 400g can haricot beans, drained, rinsed

For the mash (or use leftover mash)

  • 300g potato, peeled and cubed



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  • 2 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 1 tbsp cream cheese


  1. Soften onion and celery in pan with oil for 10 mins. Add bacon, then fry for 3 mins, until beginning to brown. Add garlic, then cook for 30 secs. Pour in tomatoes and stir through tomato purée, treacle or sugar and vinegar. Simmer over a high heat until thickened, between 5-10 mins, stirring often to make sure mixture doesn’t catch. Gently stir beans through, then cook for a further 2-3 mins on medium heat, until heated through.

  2. Meanwhile, make mash. Boil potatoes until tender, about 15 mins, then drain. Mash with milk, cheese and seasoning. 3 Fill 2 small microwave-safe bowls three-quarters full with bean mixture. Add a generous dollop of mash to top, smooth over with a spoon. Chill when cool (or freeze for up to a month at this stage). Place small plate on top of dish, then microwave on High for 3 mins or until piping hot.

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24th May, 2014
No BBQ taste, so will include a BBQ flavouring next time. However, this recipe is extremely nutritious, healthy with general good flavour. Thanks for your recipe.
28th Nov, 2013
Delicious. Used butter beans instead of haricot and added some smoked paprika.
19th Mar, 2013
Quite bland, maybe baked beans instead & smoked bacon?? I added a Philadelphia cheese and chive mix to the mash which was yummy
14th Jul, 2011
I did add a lil' BBQ sauce to the mixture for that extra kick! I ate a portion straight away and then the other portion after being chilled and re-warmed the next and noticed a big difference! Be sure to chill, it blends the flavours :)
16th Aug, 2010
Great recipe, however I do agree with the comments on the lack of BBQ flavour. Would add more spices/herbs, and vary the mash flavour with cheese/veggies. Crisping in oven improves result also. :)
16th May, 2010
Decent recipe. I prefer a little more flavor, but still very good.
2nd Apr, 2010
Was a quite nice easy meal but lacked any BBQ taste. I used smoked paprica to make it a bit more tasty. Also used cheesy mash and put under the grill to crisp. Still needs a few changes to make it a bit more smoked so will try again and make some adjustments.
6th Oct, 2009
Good old comfort food, bad the bean mix yesterday and then added the mash and heated today so it had chance to develop. Must admit didnt taste all that BBQ but nice all the same.
16th Sep, 2009
Cooked this in a slow cooker and added a bit more bacon. Really nice my 9 yr old loved it.
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