Chipotle Baked Beans

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

Chipotle Barbecue Baked Beans - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Oil-Free, Plant-Based Vegan

Chipotle Barbecue Baked Beans - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Oil-Free, Plant-Based Vegan

Ingredients

1 medium onion
1 apple
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
1 tsp. yellow mustard
8 dates
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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Procedure

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.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/8 of a recipe (5.8 ounces).

Calories 174.88
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%
Sugar 14.24g
Protein 7.33g 15%
Calcium 9.3mg <1%
Iron 76.02mg 422%
Vitamin A 553.54IU 11%
Vitamin C 6112.35mg 10187%


A wall of chiles.  Join Chef Katie as she checks out the other peppers you can use to flavor these beans.