Homemade Baked Beans in a thick tomato sauce that is ready in just about 15 minutes. Easy recipe, plant-based and gluten-free.
These Homemade Baked Beans taste amazing and are a nutritious meal to serve as a main or side dish. Plus they store well and are perfect for your meal-prepping – make them once, and enjoy them all week!
Why make these baked beans?
Packed with plant-based protein from the white beans, these baked beans are a hearty option for those embracing a plant-rich lifestyle. Nourish your body with goodness!
Whether you’re a kitchen maestro or a culinary novice, our baked beans recipe is a breeze to master. Few steps, big flavor – it’s a win-win for busy days and cozy nights alike.
Enjoy these beans solo, spoon them over toast, or use them as a delightful side. They’re versatile, making meal planning a joy and offering endless possibilities for culinary creativity.
Ready to dive in?
Homemade Baked Beans Ingredients
Making Homemade Baked Beans is simple, easy and only takes about 15 minutes and one pan! Here is what you will need:
White Beans: These beans are the backbone, bringing in the protein and making our dish hearty. You will need 2 cans of about 400 grams each (that’s about 14 oz each).
Vegetable Stock: will keep things juicy and flavorful. It’s the unsung hero in our cooking adventure.
Ketchup: Adds that sweet and tangy vibe. Think of it as the cool sidekick, making things interesting.
Tomato Paste: Packed with tomato goodness, will add flavor and acidity to counteract the sweetness. It’s the supporting actor, elevating the flavor game.
Brown Sugar: Sweetens the pot – a friendly neighbor making everything a bit more delightful.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Adds a little zing and balances the sweetness.
Garlic Powder & Onion Powder: The dynamic duo for that savory, aromatic vibe. Like the perfect soundtrack to our culinary adventure.
Salt & Black Pepper: Our trusty seasoning buddies ensure each bite is on point – salty, savory, with a hint of spice.
Cornstarch: helps thicken the sauce for that cozy, comforting texture. It’s the plot twist that ties everything together.
Now that you know the crew, get ready for some kitchen fun! ✨🍲
How to make Homemade Baked Beans
Let’s dive into the kitchen adventure with a bit more detail:
Prep the Beans:
Open the cans of beans, toss them in a strainer, and give them a good rinse under running water – we want them fresh and ready for the flavor party.
Grab your favorite saucepan. Pour in the vegetable stock, ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and all the seasonings. Give it a good stir until they’re all cozy and combined, like a symphony of flavors warming up.
Introduce those well-prepped beans to the saucepan fiesta. Stir them in, letting everything mingle and combine. Bring the mix to a gentle simmer to allow the flavors to come alive.
Simmer and Stir:
Let it simmer away uncovered for about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally – we want the sauce to reduce and the whole crew to blend into a harmonious dish.
Time to bring in the thickening superhero – cornstarch! Dissolve it in 2 tbsp of water, then whisk it into the saucepan while stirring quickly. Watch the magic as the sauce thickens up quickly. Keep stirring for another 1-2 minutes, making sure everything is just right.
Remove the pan from the heat – our dish is ready to shine! Serve it up hot, and get ready to enjoy the delicious symphony of homemade baked beans.
Time to savor and celebrate your kitchen triumph! 🌟🍽️
Alternatively, you can also skip cooking the beans on the stovetop, mix everything together, pour it in an oven-proof dish, and pop it in the oven preheated 350°F (175°C) for about 45-60 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when the sauce has thickened, and the aroma fills your kitchen, making your taste buds dance with anticipation.
Now that you’ve crafted this comfort dish of homemade baked beans, it’s time to serve them up in style!
You can enjoy the beans on their own as a comfort and rich main dish. The rich, savory flavor is enough to steal the spotlight, but with a crust of some tasty sourdough bread to scoop the beans out of the dish, it will taste even better.
In the same way, you can spoon a generous serving of beans onto a slice of toasted artisan bread. It’s a hearty, comforting breakfast or brunch option. We like to generously butter the hot toasted bread with some vegan butter that melts into the bread.
Another way to serve them is to ladle the baked beans into a cozy bowl. Top with a dollop of vegan sour cream, a sprinkle of fresh herbs, or a dash of hot sauce for an extra kick. Or, serve these beans over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. The contrast in textures and flavors is simply divine.
Craving a burrito? Whip up a batch of these beans in minutes, then use these beans as a filling for wraps or burritos. Add some crisp lettuce, diced tomatoes, and your favorite vegan cheese.
Remember, the world is your culinary canvas – feel free to get creative and tailor the serving style to your taste buds. Whether it’s a cozy night in or a gathering with friends, these baked beans are sure to steal the show!
Preserving your homemade baked beans is a breeze with these storage tips:
Refrigeration: Transfer any leftover beans into an airtight container and pop it into the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh for up to 3–4 days. Just reheat when you’re ready to enjoy another round.
Freezer: Planning for the future? These beans are freezer-friendly! Allow them to cool completely, then pack them into freezer-safe containers or resealable bags. They can hibernate in the freezer for up to 2–3 months.
Don’t forget to label your storage containers with the date. It’s a simple step that can save you from playing the guessing game later.
Reheat: When you’re ready to eat your stored beans, reheat them gently on the stovetop or in the microwave. If they’ve been frozen, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
Top-Up: Fresh herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, or a squeeze of lemon can revitalize the flavors before serving. Get creative and add those finishing touches for a delightful dining experience.
Remember, these beans are a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various ways. So, store them smartly and savor the goodness whenever you fancy a cozy, flavorful meal.
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- 2 cans (2x 400 grams) white beans
- 560 milliliter vegetable stock (2 1/4 cup)
- 4 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- ¾ tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ tsp garlic powder
- ⅓ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp salt, to taste
- Pinch of black pepper, to taste
- 6 tsp cornstarch
- Drain the canned beans and rinse well under running water.
- Add vegetable stock, ketchup, tomato paste, sugar, apple cider vinegar, and seasoning into a saucepan and stir until well combined.
- Stir in the drained beans, bring to a simmer, and cook uncovered for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce reduces and the ingredients combine.
- Dissolve cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water, then add to the saucepan while whisking to prevent clumping. The sauce with thicken fast, continue stirring and cooking another 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from fire and serve hot.
Skip cooking the beans on the stovetop. Just mix everything together, pour it in an oven-proof dish, and pop it in the oven preheated 350°F (175°C) for about 45-60 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when the sauce has thickened, and the aroma fills your kitchen.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 855mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g
Nutrition data is automatically calculated using Nutritionix and may not be accurate.