Smoky beans on toast

Smoky beans on toast

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(19 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 4 of your 5 a day

Nutrition and extra info

  • beans only
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal460
  • fat19g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre14g
  • protein15g
  • salt1.1g
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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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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 :)
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!
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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.
10th Dec, 2015
Very good! I used extra sugar, but I have a sweet tooth.
11th Oct, 2015
These are so delicious! I increased the quantities and made them as part of a brunch for six and they were a huge hit! My two year old doesn't like baked beans out a can but he loves these. The only changes I made were that I didn't add the sugar to make it a bit healthier and I added a jar of roasted peppers as I had it in the house. Also once made I left it gently simmering for an hour as I like really soft butter beans and it really was lovely. I'm case anyone is interested these can easily be made in advance (in fact they're even nicer the next day) and also freeze well - we enjoyed them so much I made another big batch and froze them in individual portions for easy healthy lunches.
19th Aug, 2015
Great recipe, amazing flavours just needed a little less sugar for my liking, everyone in my family love it.
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