Homemade Baked Beans

Baked beans are one of those easy-peasy, grab-on-the-go meals that pretty much everyone loves. My little nephews like to eat their baked beans cold out of the tin. Me, on the other hand, well I like my baked beans hot and poured on top of toast …. or hot with toast soldiers on the side! However, you like yours, theres no denying that baked beans make for a super quick and simple meal!

Homemade Baked Beans
The other day I was checking out what was in my pantry (as you do) and decided that I really needed to use up a can of diced tomatoes and some cannellini beans that had been hiding out at the back of the cupboard for a while. And really, how hard could it be to make my own homemade baked beans? Well luckily it turned out that it wasn’t hard at all!

Homemade Baked Beans  It pretty much involved adding some some bacon, vegetables and spices to the tomatoes and beans! And so after very little time and effort, we ended up with a very, very tasty dinner. These would also make a great breakfast or brunch… really they would be perfect anytime of the day! If you are vegetarian then just leave out the bacon and you have an easy, meat-free meal!

Homemade Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

Homemade Baked Beans.... totally delicious and packed with vegetables!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade baked beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 208kcal


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 100 g bacon or pancetta, chopped
  • 1 brown onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 stick of celery chopped
  • 1 green capsicum and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 2 X 400g tins cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste


Conventional Method

  • Cook the bacon in a frying pan for approximately 5 minutes or until crispy.
  • Add onion, garlic, celery and capsicum and stir continuously until vegetables have softened (but not browned).
  • Add the brown sugar, tomatoes and spices.
  • Simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until the mixture has started to thicken.
  • Add the cannellini beans and season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir carefully for a minute or until beans are heated through.
  • Serve with hot buttered toast!

Thermomix Method

  • Chop the bacon in the thermomix bowl on speed 6 for 2 seconds.
  • Add the olive oil.
  • Cook at 80 degrees, reverse speed 2 for 4 minutes.
  • Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  • Add onion, garlic, celery and capsicum to the thermomix bowl and chop on speed 6 for 3 seconds.
  • Add bacon back into the bowl.
  • Cook at 80 degrees, reverse speed 2 for 4 minutes.
  • Add the brown sugar, tomatoes and spices.
  • Cook at 100 degrees, reverse speed 2 for 10 minutes.
  • Add the cannellini beans and season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix on reverse speed 1 for 1 minute.
  • Serve with hot buttered toast!


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 1225IU | Vitamin C: 39.8mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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27 thoughts on “Homemade Baked Beans”

  1. Hope @ Nanny Shecando says:

    Yum, this is delicious and so easy. I’ll always go for anything with beans in it!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Me too Hope! I’m not the hugest meat eater so beans are a great alternative! xx

  2. Tegan says:

    These sound yum! I used to avoid beans because I thought they smelt bad, but these sound a lot better than the tinned variety.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha that’s funny Tegan! I love baked beans and homemade ones are super delish. I promise they don’t smell bad either! 🙂

  3. Kate QTQF says:

    Great idea, I have had some cannellini beans sitting in the cupboard for me to make home made baked beans for about a month now but this version sounds way better. Thanks x

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks Kate – I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  4. Nikki @ The Kids Menu says:

    We are such huge baked bean fans, but so sadly I have never made them before. No more excuses! Thanks for the recipe

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