I know barbecue baked beans are something people usually eat in the summer, yet I can't help but feel like they make the perfect winter dish. They're warm, hearty and spicy...what else can you ask for on a cold day?
This is an easy one-pot recipe you can enjoy during both times of the year, either huddled inside as the snow piles up around your house or out on your sunny patio while sipping cocktails and flipping veggie burgers on the grill.
Ok, maybe I'm just making this recipe because I'm ready for the summer. And it's only December!
Get out your Dutch oven and fry up some tempeh with onion, bell pepper and garlic.
Pour in the beans and chipotle peppers along with a whole bunch of other yummy barbecue ingredients like tomato sauce, molasses, Dijon mustard and even beer! Now stick it in the oven and bake it for a good, long time until the soupiness is gone and the beans are thick, hearty and delicious. That's it!
Chipotle Barbecue Baked Beans With Tempeh
Serves 6-8 as a main dish or 10-12 as a side
Important: Baked beans are easy to make but they take a while. They'll need as long as two hours in the oven.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (8 oz) packages tempeh, diced
3 (15 oz) cans navy beans, drained and rinsed, or 3/4 lb dry beans, cooked
2-6 chipotle chiles in adobo, seeded and minced (see tip)
2 cups beer or vegetable broth
3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook 5 minutes or until veggies are soft. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer.
- Stir in the tempeh cook 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Cover the pot and move it into the oven. Bake for 1 hour. Remove cover and stir. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes to 1 hour longer or until soft, thick and starting to brown on top.