Smoky beans

Transform a simple can of baked beans with a few storecupboard spices, an onion and some bacon for a full on flavoursome brunch or lunch
Serves: 3
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips




    • 2 rashers streaky bacon, chopped


    • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped


    • 1  garlic clove, peeled and crushed


    • 400g can baked beans


    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


    • 1 teaspoon  English mustard


    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


    • Pinch chilli powder


    • 2 slices ciabatta bread or sourdough bread, toasted


    • Freshly chopped parsley, to garnish






    1. Fry the bacon in a frying pan until crispy (there’s no need to add any fat to the pan as enough will come out of the bacon), then remove it from the pan.


    1. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes over a medium heat to soften the onion.


    1. Stir in the baked beans, sugar, mustard, paprika, cumin and chilli and heat through.


    1. Spoon the beans onto the hot toast, top with the bacon and sprinkle with chopped parsley, to garnish.



Nutritional information per portion




This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.