Smoky beans on toast

Smoky beans on toast

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins - 30 mins


Serves 1 generously

Forget shop-bought cans of baked beans. This homemade version is tastier and healthier, with an impressive four of your 5-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • beans only
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal380
  • fat14g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs42g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre15g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.26g
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  • ½ tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
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  • ½ small onion, sliced



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  • ½ small red pepper, thinly sliced into strips
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 227g can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 210g can butter beans or chickpeas, drained
  • ¼ tsp sugar



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  • 1 slice seeded bread
  • a few parsley sprigs, finely chopped



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  1. Heat the oil in a small pan, add the onion and pepper, and fry gently until soft, about 10-15 mins. Crush half the garlic and add this to the pan, along with the tomatoes, paprika, vinegar, beans, sugar and some seasoning. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 mins or until slightly reduced and thickened.

  2. Toast the bread, rub with the remaining garlic and drizzle with a little oil. Spoon the beans over the toast, drizzle with a little more oil and scatter over the parsley.

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Frantic Flapjack
16th Jul, 2019
Top baked beans. Would definitely make this again but would dice the pepper rather than slice into strips.
evelynrosew's picture
9th Mar, 2019
Quick, cheap, tasty - this is my go-to when I can't be bothered to cook properly, but still want a homemade meal. I use mixed beans as it gives more dimension and leave out the red peppers, not sure the strips work. Maybe dice or chop them instead.
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Heidi MacLeod
21st Nov, 2018
This is a great recipe! I made it for lunch and I'm definitely doing it again!
spacecadetcat's picture
5th May, 2018
Omitted the onion and garlic; was still really good! A healthy rustic version of beans on toast. Great way to start the day :)
hrgoddess's picture
22nd Apr, 2018
Made this first with butter beans but they seemed too dry so I picked them all out and replaced with pinto beans. Much better! I also added extra smoked paprika, a tablespoon of ketchup and some chipotle chili powder. I used twice the amount of canned tomatoes stated in the recipe. This could be a great side dish for a bbq.
2nd Jan, 2018
Perfect for a healthy and filling breakfast. It is delicious and easy to make in bulk and freeze in portions. This recipe is a keeper.
19th Jan, 2017
Packed with flavour, this dish is the perfect pick me up. It's worth waiting for the onions and red pepper to soften, so although it isn't quite as quick as preparing Hienz beans on toast - it's much healthy and filling at the same time.
4th Jan, 2017
Didn't think it would be as tasty as it was. Simple, filling and delicious recipe.
1st Jan, 2017
This is a really nice, quick lunchtime recipe, and it's easy to double up to make it enough for two people. I used chargrilled peppers from a jar for better flavour, but otherwise it's lovely!
RosieVimes's picture
24th Jan, 2016
Enjoyed this, it had a really lovely flavour, but next time would put the beans in slightly later as they were a bit dry, or try swapping with haricot or cannellini beans.


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