Sweet ‘n Smoky Baked Beans

Beans! Beans! The magical fruit! The more you eat, the more you…(fill in the blank)!

Have you ever gone to the grocery store and an idea just pops into your head to make a dish for no real reason? That happened to me Saturday morning. I was with Momma Macaroon, helping her run some errands. She mentioned that she wanted to get a pepper to make salmon cakes for herself. At the same time, I wanted to check out the new grocery store that opened a block from our home. 

While I was at the store to pick up the pepper for my mom, I suddenly wanted peppers. Then I wanted onions. Then, I wanted beans. I picked up a can of pinto beans, then looked across the aisle to see a can of Heinz Vegetarian Baked Beans. I thought to myself, “I should try to make vegan beans.” 
A couple of hours later, I rifled through the cabinets and fridge to pull the other ingredients that came to mind. Then, I went for it.
Not bad, if I do say so myself!
Sweet ‘n Smoky Baked Beans
Source: The Kitchen Raider Called Macaroon 
Serves 4-6


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 15oz. can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 lb firm tofu, cubed
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/3 c. vegan brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. fennel seed
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray
  2. In a saucepan, heat olive oil, then add garlic. Cook until slightly browned
  3. Add onions and peppers. Saute until onions become translucent
  4. Add pinto beans, tofu cubes, liquid smoke and soy sauce. Mix with onion and peppers
  5. Stir in sugar and spices. Cover saucepan with lid and simmer for approximately 10 minutes
  6. Pour cooked mixture into baking dish. Bake in over for 25-30 minutes

3 Replies to “Sweet ‘n Smoky Baked Beans”

  1. These look awesome! Baked beans are an incredible comfort food. I am so making these for my next BBQ to see if anyone even notices that they are vegan.

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