Smoky beans with bacon on toast recipe

(19 ratings)

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Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Looking for a twist on classic beans on toast? These smoky beans are just what you need.

Transform a simple can of baked beans with this recipe for smoky beans on toast. They're so delicious and offer up an exciting alternative to simple baked beans.

A classic brunch food, smoky beans on toast will keep everyone happy over the weekend as it's a recipe that can be customised in so many ways. Add cheese for a note of warming comfort, spinach on the side for a boost of iron and vitamins, or just enjoy on their own with a slice of granary toast.

Need more brunch inspiration? This recipe for chilli beans with chorizo and tomato is another great twist on the classic and once again, can be made with just your store-bought baked beans. This makes them a perfect recipe if you're looking for to use up some store cupboard ingredients this weekend.


  • 2 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1  garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 400g can baked beans
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  English mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch chilli powder
  • 2 slices ciabatta bread or sourdough bread, toasted
  • Freshly chopped parsley, to garnish




  1. Fry the bacon in a frying pan until crispy (there's no need to add any fat to the pan as enough will come out of the bacon), then remove it from the pan.
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes over a medium heat to soften the onion.
  3. Stir in the baked beans, sugar, mustard, paprika, cumin and chilli and heat through.
  4. Spoon the beans onto the hot toast, top with the bacon and sprinkle with chopped parsley, to garnish.
Top Tip for making Smoky beans with bacon on toast

Top these tasty beans and bacon with a fried or poached egg for a more substantial meal

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies