Smoky Baked Beans are a classic summer barbecue dish. A dash of chipotle powder adds a little spice, but you can substitute with cumin or smoked paprika for a milder flavor. This healthy fat-free, gluten-free recipe is packed with protein and satisfies both vegans and meat-lovers.
MEDIUM Servings: 8 Ready In: 90 minutes
1 medium onion
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
1 tsp. yellow mustard
4 tsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. Molasses
1/4 tsp. salt
2 x (15-oz) canned Navy beans (about 3 cups cooked beans)
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Gather ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 F.
To make the Chipotle Barbecue Sauce: Preheat a large skillet over high heat.
Core and dice the apple. Peel and dice the onions.
Place the onions and apple into the pre-heated pan, along with the paprika and chipotle powder. Cook for about 7 minutes, stirring often, until the onions and apples are well-browned and the spices are aromatic.
Move the apples and onions to the edge of the pan, clearing a space in the center. Add the tomato paste to the center of the pan. Caramelize the tomato paste for about 4 minutes, until it turns a darker, rusty color.
Add the apple cider vinegar. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes, just until the vinegar evaporates.
Roughly chop the dates and garlic, if needed.
Add the dates, garlic, mustard, and 2 cups of water to the pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for about 7 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by about half.
After 7 minutes, turn off the heat and stir in the molasses.
Transfer the sauce mixture to a blender. Puree until smooth. Taste to check seasoning and add the salt, if needed.
To make the baked beans: Drain and rinse the canned beans. Combine the beans with the Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Pour into a 9 x 9 baking dish or comparable size. Place the dish on a baking sheet pan (in case there's dripping).
Cover and bake at 350F for at least 30 minutes, but ideally 60 minutes. Remove the cover during the last 15-20 minutes of baking.
Serve and enjoy.
Chef's Tips: You can make a big batch of the Chipotle Barbecue sauce and freeze it in smaller containers. Use it for this recipe or slather it over baked potatoes, grilled Portabellas, or veggie burgers.
Serving size: 1/8 of a recipe (5.8 ounces).
Calories From Fat (3%) 6.07
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.72g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.12g <1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 95.61mg 4%
Potassium 665.57mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 37.37g 12%
Fiber 10.09g 40%
Protein 7.33g 15%
Calcium 9.3mg <1%
Iron 76.02mg 422%
Vitamin A 553.54IU 11%
Vitamin C 6112.35mg 10187%