If you never thought baked beans could be delicious as an ingredient in dishes, think again! Baked beans are full of vitamins and nutrients and many folks love the taste of them.
Believe it or not, baked beans are eaten all around the world and are comfort food to many. From campgrounds all over America to the sweltering heat of Singapore, baked beans are a go-to treat to warm any belly.
Whether you like them alone or mixed in with your favorite protein or carb, baked beans are more versatile than you think. We’ve put together a list of delicious ideas for spicing up your meals with this down home favorite.
17 Delicious Ways to Eat Baked Beans
Baked beans are a classic side dish but did you know you could make them a feature of your meals as well? If you love baked beans or have always wanted to try some recipes using them, you’ll be happy to know that they are delicious and easy to cook. Take a look at the list below for 17 Delicious Ways To Eat Baked Beans.
1. Traditional Baked Beans on Toast
A classic way to eat baked beans is over toast. The not-so-traditional way would be to spice it up with some cheese, eggs, tomato, or even avocado to make it an extra special treat.
Find your favorite bread, toast it and smother them with the baked beans. Then top with your favorite garnish.
2. Baked Beans with Sausage
Another traditional way to eat baked beans is with sausage. The British are especially big fans of this way of serving beans and have them as a part of a big breakfast. Think eggs, sausage, bacon, black pudding, grilled tomato, and those delicious baked beans to sop it all up.
For a not-so-British take on beans and sausage, you might try cutting hot dogs up into coin-sized pieces and mixing them into the beans.
3. Serve as a Toast Dip
Yes, we’ve already “covered” toast, but think of this baked bean concoction as more of a dip as opposed to a topping.
Try giving your beans a little spice with BBQ seasonings or your favorites spices. Throw a dollop of sour cream on top of them or a soft poached egg and then serve with toast points or crackers.
4. Smothered in Cheese
Most everyone loves cheese and baked beans and cheese are an easy combo to get right. Make baked bean and cheese toasties with a sandwich machine or simply cover your baked beans with cheese over toast, potatoes, or pasta!
A cheesy Italian baked bean dish with fire-roasted tomatoes and fontina and Romano cheeses are sure to delight your palate.
5. Under and Over Fried Eggs
There is no shortage of recipes for egg breakfasts that feature baked beans. So much so that it’s worth mentioning independent of a British breakfast.
Whether you enjoy your eggs, scrambled, sunny-side up, over easy or boiled, baked beans make a great side dish. Rich in fiber, protein, and other nutrients, they round out your early morning meal. You can have them with virtually anything. Try spinach, beans, and eggs, or baked beans with a Mexican egg scramble (chilies, tomato, scrambled eggs, baked beans, and your favorite cheese).
6. Loaded Potato
Who doesn’t love a loaded potato now and then? Some people prefer them simply with some butter and salt and others want the whole she-bang.
Try loading your potato with baked beans! Open up a nice hot russet potato and load it up with beans and your favorite cheese. A good cheddar is irresistible.
7. Over French Fries
Potatoes as mentioned before, are great with baked beans! Since you’ve loaded your potato with them, why not try loading your French fries with them as well!
Same concept, different vehicle, the results… awesome. Bring the protein from the baked beans to your French fries. Add chilis, diced onion, and cheese to turn them into vegetarian chili fries.
8. On a Hamburger
In recent years, the gourmet burger industry has been playing around with toppings of all kinds. From fancy microgreens to stacked patties filled with cheese, hamburgers have started to shed their classic look.
If you’ve never thought of topping your burger with baked beans, you should! The savory taste compliments the meaty grilled burgers so well you’ll be aching for more. You can also try adding baked beans to your traditional sloppy joe recipe.
9. Beans Over Steak
There’s nothing like a hunk of steak when you need a hearty meal. Picture yourself on a cool summer evening, out in the woods with a campfire… what’s on your plate? I see baked beans and steak!
Do as a cowboy would tonight and throw a porterhouse on the BBQ, cook up some beans and enjoy them together under the stars.
10. Baked Bean Nachos
Baked beans taste great with a mix of Mexican flavors. Make them a part of your homemade nachos.
If you have some taco seasoning and ground beef lying around, try frying it all up and mixing your baked beans into the cooked meat. Smother corn chips with the meat and beans and top with your favorite Mexican garnishes.
11. With a Pulled Pork Sandwich
Baked beans and pulled pork sandwiches are a perfect pair. Whether you’re having them as a side or all mixed in with your pork, this combo will have your mouthwatering.
Try a slow cooker pulled pork with beans or add some goodness to your pulled pork sandwich with a side of baked beans.
12. Rack of BBQ Ribs
If you haven’t caught on yet, baked beans go great with BBQ. If you haven’t tried them yet, do yourself a favor, throw some ribs on the barbie and grab a can of baked beans.
Mix molasses, mustard, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and ketchup to create a savory-sweet sauce for your beans. Pour this over ribs and throw them into the oven for a crave-worthy meal.
13. Beans on pizza
This is something you may have never thought of trying but baked beans can be a pizza topping too! We have already established that beans and cheese go well together. Why not slather your pizza with some baked beans tonight.
Just as you would make a traditional pizza, spread tomato sauce on your rolled-out pizza dough. Then add a scoop or two of baked beans, enough to cover the pizza, and then top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for the recommended amount of time and enjoy!
14. Stirred into Mashed Potatoes
Another way to eat your potatoes is to mix your baked beans in with them. Why have traditional mashed potatoes when you can have this supercharged version?
If you prefer your ingredients to shine on their own, you could use your mashed potatoes and baked beans as layers for a non-traditional Shepard’s pie. Use meat in the recipe or do it up vegetarian style, the choice is yours.
15. Bean Butt Chicken
This doesn’t sound very appealing but this method of whole roasting a chicken will make your guests oh and ah.
Place the whole chicken over an open can of baked beans (can in the chicken’s widest opening). Stand the whole thing up in your BBQ and roast according to the recommended time. You’ll be amazed at the delicious juices that drip down into the can of baked beans and the flavors it creates. A memorable meal no doubt.
16. Baked Bean Quesadillas
Quesadillas are a staple for Mexican food lovers. With its cheesy middle, these filled tortilla breads are a perfect lunchtime treat.
Grab your ingredients as well as some good canned baked beans. Spread cheese and beans on one side of a soft tortilla. Cover this with another tortilla round and press it all together. Warm your tortilla on a skillet or in the oven.
17. Baked Beans in a Mug
To finish off the list, we have the simple yet delicious option of simply having baked beans in a mug. Warm up your beans and grab a spoon!
There are many ways to make this a unique treat for your tastebuds. A seasoning mixture of brown sugar, mustard powder, and lemonade mix is one way. Just mix up the sugar and spices and combine them with your beans before warming. Or simply add some cooked bacon bits and onion to your baked bean mug.
High in fiber, rich in protein and nutrients, and a great accompaniment to so many staples, what’s there not to love about baked beans!
There’s nothing like a warm helping of baked beans on a cold winter night. The only thing better might be a warm helping of baked beans on a hot summer night under the stars.
With so many ways to eat baked beans, don’t forget to grab a can the next time you’re at the supermarket. They’re easy to make and they’re packed with nutrients. Get creative and give them a try tonight!