Baked beans are a side that make it to just about every family barbecue. My childhood memories include this nostalgic side dish accompanying burgers, chicken, and hot dogs. Even though times have changed and the way I eat now drastically different, I still think baked beans at any outside summer gathering is a must!
Now baked beans are kind of like Grandma’s apple pie, everyone claims their recipe is the best. But honestly, how can you even compare things like that when each one can be so different? Some recipes are spicy, some have bacon, others have pulled-pork. Some take hours, while others are a quick and stove top dish. The list goes on and on. The way I see it, there are as many recipes as their are people and each contribute something special and unique to a different summer gathering.
I’m going to share with you, my favorite recipe. This is a vegetarian recipe given to me by my aunt Cathi, the Queen of spontaneous parties. So needless to say, this recipe is quick and easy! However, if your busy and don’t have time to wait around for the beans on the stove, the beans can be simmered on low in a crock pot for 8 hours (4 hours on high).
Because this recipe is quick there is no chopping, dicing, or pre-cooking. All you need is a large pot (or slow cooker) and a can opener and you’re good to go! Starting with a can of vegetarian baked beans and adding a variety of canned beans, barbecue sauce, diced tomatoes with chipotle and a few condiments transforms this standardized recipe into something irresistibly delicious! The extra sweetness comes from honey barbecue sauce, while a depth of flavor come from condiments like Dijon mustard, cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Then there’s the kick from chipotle pepper and adobo sauce.
NUTRITION | While beans are an excellent plant-based protein source, barbecue baked beans are typically not the best when it comes to the nutrition facts. Thanks to canned beans, barbecue sauce, and/or brown sugar and molasses, this side dish pushes the limits on sugar and sodium. Instead of completely redoing this recipe and making it from scratch, I opted to keep it the same and just emphasize portion size. It’s okay to indulge in something you enjoy! Whether it be sweet or savory just remember to keep the portion in check! I’d recommend a 1/3 cup to a 1/2 cup for a side dish. This way you can enjoy this delicious summer staple and not completely throw your body a curve ball with a salt and sugar overload.
Try this recipe out and let me know what you think! I promise it won’t disappoint.
Vegetarian Barbeque Baked Beans
- 1 28 oz can vegetarian baked beans
- 1 16 oz can kidney beans
- 1 16 oz can white beans
- 1 16 oz can black beans
- 1 8 oz can diced tomatoes with chiles
- 1/4 + 2 tbsp honey barbecue sauce
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce from can
- 1 tbsp adobo sauce may be omitted, from can
In a large pot, place the vegetarian baked beans.
In a colander, drain the kidney, white and black beans and rinse them under water. Then, place the rinsed beans in the pot.
Add the remaining ingredients up to the chipotle pepper. Dice the chipotle pepper into small piece (I find it easiest to cut with my kitchen scissors). Then add 1 tbsp of Adobo sauce if you like it spicy.
Stir all the ingredients together, cover and [place on the stove top.
Bring the beans to a simmer and serve warm.
Recipe NotesThis can be made in a slow cooker. Follow the same methods but use your slow cooker instead of a pot. You can turn it on low or high, but will bring the beans to a simmer relatively quick. Once the beans are simmering you can keep them on the "warm setting". (I like doing t this way to serve a crowd at a party!)
For more barbecue baked bean recipe check out some of my other favorites!
This is a similar recipe from Pocket Change Gourmet for Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans
The Lemon Bowl’s Slow Cooker Vegetarian Boston Baked Beans
The Healthy Foodie’s recipe for Baked Beans. This one is from scratch so if you have the time go for it!
100 Day of Real Food’s Slow Cooker Baked Beans