beans on toast

It’s easy to make your own delicious baked beans


What do you think of when you think of beans? How about when you think of beans on toast? If I asked about a jacket potato and beans? If you are in the UK, likely is, there is a certain brand of beans in a tin you will think of whenever you think of beans! Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, the famous brand has been selling tinned beans for over 100 years and their slogan has been around for over 60 of those! Sometimes though, homemade beans are just what you need.

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Beans on toast by Nik on Unsplash

The Beans Recipe

This recipe is made to be as easy as possible! You need tinned tomatoes (or fresh if you want) or passata, and your favourite beans, either dried and rehydrated, tinned in water or from a pouch. Next you need a few different spices such as paprika, garlic granules, black pepper, onion granules, ground cumin and a bit of salt. You can add sugar if you wish, or sub cinnamon for sweetness. You can go spicy with ground chilli, or chilli flakes. Try barbecue beans by adding sugar, smoked paprika or liquid smoke.

Baked Beans

Easy home made baked beans made with your favourite beans and spices.

Course: brunch, dinner, lunch
Keyword: baked beans, beans, beans on toast, easy beans
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 1 x 400g Tinned tomatoes
  • 400 ml water (measure in the tin)
  • 1 or 2 x 400g tins of beans (cannellini, haricot, butter, kidney etc)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon paprika (regular/mild)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • *optional 1 teaspoon sugar (or 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon)
  • *optional pinch of cumin
  • *optional 1/2 teaspoon onion granules
  1. Tip the tomatoes into a large pan and add the water (use the can so you get all the juice out). Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat.

  2. Drain your beans, then add to the tomatoes. Allow to cook through for 10 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic, paprika and pepper and stir through. Season with salt if using. Add optional spices and taste test – adjust as necessary.

  4. Cover and allow to cook until the sauce has thickened. Do a final taste test and adjust seasoning if needed.

  5. Enjoy!

What do I need?

These have been created to be as easy as possible, but of course you can (as with most of my recipes), make these more complicated if you wish! Try barbecued black beans, curried butter beans or chilli kidney beans! Whatever you try, here are a few useful things for this recipe. I receive a small commission if you click and purchase through these links (this is at no additional cost to you)!


You can serve your beans with a jacket potato, with rice, on toast, as a side to a breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Eat them hot, eat them cold, dress them up with fresh herbs, sprinkle with cheese or just eat them as they are!

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Beans by P.O.sitive negative on Unsplash


These beans should store well in the fridge for at least three days. Put them in a sealed pot or cover them with a silicon lid. You can add a bit of water to reheat (the sauce will thicken on storage).


Please drop me a line below and let me know if you are going to try making your own baked beans! I really love seeing your adaptions and interpretations of my recipes and I’d love to see your photos, and hear what spices and which beans you are using!

Baked beans: Black eye beans & kidney beans on Seeded Toast

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I’m sharing these beans over at Grammy’s Grid Food Friday – this week it’s all about Healthy Recipes so this (& most other recipes you’ll find on this site) will fit perfectly!

Leave me a comment below… I love to chat!

I hope to speak with you soon

Laurena x

beans on spoons
Can you name the beans? Photo by Tijana Drndarski on Unsplash


  • Bharat 11th April 2023 at 17:22


    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 13th April 2023 at 10:36

      Thank you. I hope you get to make some.

  • evagallon 11th April 2023 at 20:10

    Hi Laurena, I’ve always liked beans on toast! Tend to have this when hubby’s away as he’s in the minority in the UK who can’t stand (tinned) baked beans lol…except the ‘baked beans’ I make with his father’s borlotti beans…still have a stash in our fridge, they make for lovely soups too. I just add tomato puree/paste and hot water to my ‘baked beans’, also adding garlic powder, sweet paprika and a little cinnamon (and some chilli powder to mine)☺️

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 13th April 2023 at 10:40

      Ooo, love a Borlotti bean – did he grow them? (I should so do that)! I’ll be in the minority too – much too sweet for me and I might have been known to rinse the sauce off and make my own! Yay for adding cinnamon! If I make some in the slow cooker I usually add tomato puree, but it’s very difficult to find it in a tin here and tubes are not so recyclable!

  • evagallon 14th April 2023 at 07:40

    Yes, he always grew his own🙏✨️

  • evagallon 14th April 2023 at 07:44

    I just put the puree tubes in the plastic or metal recycling skips over here, I hope that’s ok lol. I should buy more of the little tins though, you do tend to find them a lot more in mainland Europe.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 14th April 2023 at 09:22

      Ohhh… not sure we can do that as they still have paste in? Unless of course you have a secret method to get it all out? In Turkey they sell giant tins of it – like over 800g worth! and they have glass jars too! Maybe we’ll catch up one day!

  • Dee | Grammy's Grid 28th April 2023 at 14:22

    YUM, looks good. Beans are like potatoes, there’s so many different ways to prepare them. Thanks so much for linking up at #FoodFriday 24 for Healthy Recipes. Shared.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 28th April 2023 at 17:35

      Hello Dee, thanks for popping over here. I always gets your notifications but life is always so busy! Thought I’d make the effort today! Ooo, now there’s a thought… maybe I’ll create a beans & potato recipe! 😀

  • EsmeSalon 1st May 2023 at 17:17

    Super delicious and love beans in any shape or form.
    I visited you via FOOD FRIDAY LINKUP
    If you are not already part of SSPS, this is a personal invite to hop over and come and share your posts with us at Senior Salon Pit Stop, every Monday to Saturday.
    See my entries: 12+13 and then navigate to the bottom of my page for the Senior Salon Pit Stop linkup, we hope to meet you there virtually.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 2nd May 2023 at 11:07

      Thank you Esme and lovely to see you over at Life Diet Health. I will certainly check out SSPS, thank you! Have a fabulous week.

      • EsmeSalon 3rd May 2023 at 16:07

        Much appreciated and thanks for checking out SSPS

  • Dee | Grammy's Grid 5th May 2023 at 19:47

    CONGRATS Laurena! Your post is FEATURED at #FoodFriday 25 for Snack Recipes from the previous linkup for Healthy Recipes.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 9th May 2023 at 12:09

      Fabulous. Thank you!

  • Heidi-Marie 25th May 2023 at 21:12

    I love baked beans!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 25th May 2023 at 23:26

      Hello Heidi. Yes, me too. Do you make your own?

      • Heidi-Marie 26th May 2023 at 09:22

        Unfortunately not. I love Heinz baked beans though.

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 26th May 2023 at 11:31

          If you get a chance you should try making them – they’re really easy and you can adjust the taste to suit you (I love adding smoked paprika to get a barbecue taste, or chilli flakes to make them a bit spicier).


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