Beans on Toast

This meal is my kind of comfort food: quick, simple, starchy, filling, and cheap. It’s also ridiculously easy to make – the title of the post serves as the recipe instructions.

British Baked Beans on Toast

British Baked Beans on Toast

I learned this dish from my dad (who is English) probably one weekend when my mom was away and left him to fend for two kids on his own. Instead of trying to compete with his French wife, my dad resorted to classic British fare. I’m surprised he didn’t serve this with a  chip butty.

I have made this with any kind of beans I can get my hands on, and back in my early years of college it was whatever was sold in the biggest and cheapest can. For a while, my roommate and I had a huge can of beans in the fridge that we spooned out into bowls to microwave and pour over our toast. Goes to show that beans on toast can be anything. But my dad insists on making his a certain way.

The British tin of beans

The British "tin" of beans

The key to making the authentic British version of this recipe is the kind of beans that you use. The British Heinz Baked Beans (or simply Heinz Beans) have less sugar than the American counterpart, and the sauce in which the beans are packed is just a simple tomato sauce–no bacon, no sausage, no meat or extra flavorings. The beans are also firmer and hold their shape better than American beans. The British victuals are actually healthier than the American – not only is there less sugar and no processed meat, but also there is less salt. No can of American beans in tomato sauce is quite the same.

Heating the beans

Heating the beans

Simply butter some toast, heat a tin of beans in a skillet (don’t let it boil, just heat them through) and put the beans on the toast. Done. Eat. Have a pint.

Plate of Beans on Toast

Plate of Beans on Toast

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3 Responses to “Beans on Toast”


  1. 1 Erica February 25, 2009 at 2:34 am

    i just had this last week. Here in France is the same type of beans you find in the UK i’m sure. I even had a friend ask me to help him find baked beans in the store and of course I was looking for the American dish baked beans which they don’t have here. Then later on he saw that I had a can of beans in a tomato sauce and exclaimed those are baked beans. Go figure.

    • 2 fritish February 25, 2009 at 8:18 am

      I was wondering if they exported “American” beans to other countries. I don’t remember there being an American section of the grocery stores like there is in the US for British/Asian/Mexican foods. Have you seen stuff like molasses, peanut butter, or marshmallows in grocery stores in France? I don’t normally make a point of looking for those in France, normally I’m too excited about cheeses, wines, yogurts, breads, and the like.


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