• STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Scrub the potatoes and dry well, then prick in several places with a fork. Bake directly on the oven shelf for 1-1½ hrs, until they feel soft when squeezed.

  • STEP 2

    After 30 mins, heat the oil in a pan and gently cook the carrot and celery for 10 mins until softened. Add the beans, tomatoes and paprika and cook gently for a further 5 mins until the tomatoes are softened and pulpy. Stir in 100ml water and the Worcestershire sauce, cook for a further 5 mins then cover and keep warm.

  • STEP 3

    Split open the potatoes and spoon in the beans. Scatter with chives and serve.


The beans are great for making ahead and reheating in the microwave – spoon onto granary toast for a super-quick supper. Kids will love these Cowboy beans – as they’re known in the US – with a handful of cheddar stirred through.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2011

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