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I questioned whether my blog is the right place to share my homemade baked beans recipe. But everytime I make them I’m like damn these are good! I have to share the recipe! And as soon as I finished typing the recipe, it felt almost like we could be sharing a meal together. And that feels all kinds of right to me. You’re my people. We eat together. If you like feeding your family homemade food that everyone loves and doesn’t take forever to put together, then read on friend!

Food and memories go together like bread and butter

Did you ever sink your teeth into a fresh bread and peanut butter sandwich and get transported back to that after school snack rush? The cartoons were on in the background. The glass of milk was on stand-by. That silky bread and half-inch thick peanut butter hit my lips quicker than my school bag hit the floor. Or maybe the smell of pikelet batter in a hot, buttered pan reminds you of your grandma and how she used to cook for you. You remember her hands and how she got the pikelets the right amount of golden brown every single time.

But it’s more than just a memory isn’t it? It’s the feeling that goes along with it. The comfort of that sandwich hitting your belly as you sink into the familiar family couch. The care of your grandma and how the food was her way of telling you she loved you, contributing to you having a good day.

Where this recipe comes from

I can almost smell beachside holidays when I make this recipe. We first started making our own baked beans after eating a magical unicorn kinda breaky burrito at this cute little restaurant in Kingscliff. A view of the ocean, a gentle breeze, hair still wet from swimming, two kids saying mango smoothie over and over again and a menu that was familiar but fancy enough to feel special. We hardly ever ate out so we loaded up that table! And the breaky burrito was a stand-out. But to recreate it at home we’d HAVE to make our own homemade baked beans. 

This baked beans recipe has now become a family tradition in our house. Far beyond memories of a beachside restaurant, it has come to mean Matt looking after us. He is the one to thank for persisting with the recipe that took trial and error to perfect. And he’s the one who makes them best. When he first started experimenting I was like, why would you bother. I soon fell in love.

We pretty much make a batch of these homemade baked beans once a fortnight. There’s no sugar like most store-bought kinds and they’re really filling. If you have kids yourself and you like feeding them healthy food, you know how crazy it can be keeping up with snacks. These baked beans are a winner for that. They pretty much tick all the boxes this mama of four is looking for when I’m making food for my family.

  1. They’re simple and quick to make.
  2. Everyone likes the taste.
  3. Not much cleaning up.
  4. Makes good leftovers/ variations.
  5. Pretty darned healthy!

Badass Homemade Baked Beans

What you need:

  • 2 big glugs olive oil
  • 2 brown onions diced
  • 1 red chilli seeds removed and sliced. Leave seeds in if you like spice
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 2 cans beans. Cannellini, red kidney or whatever you have in the cupboard.
  • 2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper

How to do it:

Fry the onions in the olive oil over medium heat until they are soft but not brown.

Add the garlic and chilli and stir for a minute or two.

Drain and rinse the beans and add.

Add the tomatoes.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer for an hour.

Variations and double-batching

I always make a double batch of these homemade baked beans because they’re so versatile. You can totally add red capsicum, cumin, sweet or smoked paprika and turn them into the beans for vegetarian nachos. Or let them go cold and layer them up with sour cream and grated cheese on top, throw some corn chips on the side and you have a fun after school snack. They also make an easy breakfast with a fried egg and diced avocado. The twins love it like this and are quiet for like 20 minutes while they scratch out their bowls. Winner winner, silence at the breakfast table!

The famous breaky burrito

I cannot say homemade baked beans without mentioning the famous breaky burrito again. I’m going to have to leave that for another post though as they are honestly too good to share the stage with humble old baked beans. We’re talking about something that gets asked for ahead of pizza and hotdogs for birthday dinners. Is the perfect comfort food for a Friday night and tastes best when accompanied by a family movie and an empty belly. And weirdly, they almost never get eaten at breakfast anymore!

Can’t wait to share the breaky burrito recipe with ya! Stay tuned!