We know, we know: you could easily find vegan-friendly canned baked beans in most grocery stores. However, oftentimes these packaged products aren’t always the most flavorful. Also, who could argue with the fact that homemade foods always taste better than their store-bought counterparts?
We searched long and hard via the Food Monster App for recipes that used different beans, spices, herbs, and veggies so that you would have a large variety of amazing bean dishes to choose from. Check them out!
1. Easy, Healthy, Homemade Baked Beans
If you are not a fan of the high sugar content in canned baked beans, then give these Easy, Healthy, and Homemade Baked Beans by Rebecca Weller a shot! Beans are naturally packed with protein, iron, B vitamins, and fiber, and using teeny tomatoes in this recipe sweetens the deal without any need for additional sweeteners. This version of the American classic baked beans is better for you without sacrificing any of the sweet or smoky flavors.
2. Creamy Baked Beans
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This recipe for Creamy Baked Beans by Stefani Weiss goes above and beyond what you would expect from the traditional, humble side dish! The combination of sweet potatoes and beans alone is perfect, however, soaked in a tomato sauce flavored with the taste of leeks, garlic, and mushroom is just the best. Make these beans if want to serve something a bit heartier this Labor Day.
3. Canadian Maple Baked Beans
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This easy-to-make Canadian Maple Baked Beans dish by Jess Hoffman is the perfect amount of sweet mixed with just the right amount of savory. The sweetness comes from maple and molasses which is balanced out nicely with mustard, crushed tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce. While these beans are fabulous on their own, serving them with crunchy toasted bread for dipping is also a solid option!
4. Chickpea Baked Beans
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Rather than the navy beans typically used in baked beans, this recipe uses chickpeas! These Chickpea Baked Beans by Karen Kitto have the same flavor profile and seasonings you know and love as classic baked beans. Swapping navy beans for chickpeas makes this side a bit heartier and helps prevent the beans from getting too mushy.
5. Baked Beans, Two Ways
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These beans are not your ordinary baked beans! They’re packed with flavor – including herbs, garlic, and lots of rich tomato sauce. Plus, there are lots of veggies hidden in the sauce of these Baked Beans by Aisling Tuck, so they’re a good way of meeting your daily vegetable quota if you or your fellow party guests are picky.
6. Mushroom and Bell Pepper Baked Beans
In this Mushroom and Bell Pepper Baked Beans by Karen Kitto, tender red and green bell peppers are lightly fried with a bit of onion and garlic. The peppers then simmer with cannellini beans and a smoky bouquet of spices. If you want to cook a jazzed-up version of baked beans that packs more veggies than most, then these beans are for you.
7. Greek Taverna Baked Beans
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These Greek Taverna Baked Beans by Mila Furman are a side dish that is wonderfully filling and can be made without breaking the bank. The easy and protein-rich Greek casserole is made from fava beans mixed with savory tomatoes, caramelized onions, and garlic. The recipe is perfect for making big batches, so you will have plenty to serve at a party and then some to stash at home for yourself.
8. Mediterranean Baked Lima Beans
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In the mood for something a bit more unique? This Mediterranean Baked Lime Beans recipe by Pavani Nandula has all of the same textures as American baked beans but with a more herbaceous flavor profile. The lima beans are baked in a savory tomato sauce with vegetables, thyme, and oregano, and topped off with fresh cilantro and mint.
9. 15-Minute Baked Beans
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These 15-Minute Baked Beans by Aryane Héroux-Blais are so simple to make! Warm, comforting, and one of the best things ever to put on toast (especially if an avocado is involved), you can’t go wrong with this dinner staple.
10. Smoky Garden Beans
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