Michelle Minnaar

Curried Peanut Butter Baked Beans

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One bite and you’ll never want to eat traditional canned baked beans in your life again. Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy this deeply satisfying dish too. Full of protein, carbohydrates, calcium and iron, this dish is suitable to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3.5 hours
Total time: 4 hours
Yield: 4-6 servings

Curried Peanut Butter Baked Beans



About 6 ounces/180g navy beans
1 onion, finely chopped
¼ cup/60ml vegetable or peanut oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon/15ml curry powder
1 (14-ounce) can/400g chopped tomatoes
4 tablespoons/60ml Smooth Operator peanut butter
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Soak the beans overnight in plenty of water. Drain.

Soak the beans overnight.

2. Put the beans in a pot with 3 ½ cups/875ml of water and bring to a boil, skimming off the foam that rises to the top. Cover partially, turn the heat down to medium-low, and simmer gently for 40-60 minutes until the beans are just tender.

3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large fry pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 1-2 minutes until the onion has softened, stirring almost constantly to ensure it doesn’t burn.

4. Preheat the oven to 325°F/165°C (fan 285°F/140°C).

5. Add the garlic, stir, and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

6. Add the curry powder and tomatoes and mix thoroughly.

7. Add the peanut butter to the mixture. Peanut butter has a way of thickening liquids so add 1 cup/250ml water (or the beans cooking liquid if you will) to the pot to thin the sauce a bit.

Peanut butter has a way of thickening liquids so add 1 cup/250ml water (or the beans cooking liquid if you will) to the pot to thin the sauce a bit.

8. Cook for 10 minutes then transfer the sauce together with the drained beans to an ovenproof casserole.

Cook for 10 minutes then transfer the sauce to an ovenproof casserole.

9. Bake, uncovered, for 1.5-2 hours until the beans are very tender.

Bake, uncovered, for 1.5-2 hours until the beans are very tender.

Serving Suggestion

Serve on a slice of toast or plain boiled rice.


You can use other variety of beans instead of haricot, e.g. black-eyed peas, lima beans or red kidney beans.
If you find the sauce of the beans a bit thick after cooking, add a bit of water at a time until you get the desired consistency.


Michelle suggests serving these beans on toast. How else would you eat them?

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21 Responses to Curried Peanut Butter Baked Beans

  1. Sara S says:

    I think they’d be good in a whole wheat tortilla with chopped tomatoes and cilantro.

  2. Erin R. says:

    I’ll bet they’d be amazing scooped up with pita chips or naan. Absolutely awesome recipe.

  3. Mackenzie Johnson says:

    I’d serve them with some Teriyaki baked chicken and maybe some rice.

  4. Dandi D says:

    I’d probably serve them with some brown rice or quinoa.

  5. Cheryl M says:

    I think they would be great with club crackers

  6. Cheryl R. says:

    I would eat them with a spoon!

  7. Kristine says:

    I would stuff them into a pita pocket with some veggies.

  8. Heidi says:

    I think these would be good with meatloaf.

  9. Rita S says:

    I would eat them with some smoky baby back ribs.

  10. Amy P says:

    I would try them with rice or chips

  11. Jessica says:

    I’d eat them with some brown rice!

  12. Michael says:

    I’d try it on blue-corn tortilla chips, Quesada style!

  13. Kelli says:

    I’d eat them as a side dish with chicken or pork.

  14. Ashari DiMera says:

    Some barbeque baked tempeh, a little sesame/garlic kale, and these fabulous beans. Oh what a delight it is!

  15. Frank says:

    Straight from the bowl

  16. janice urffer says:

    Serve with pork chops

  17. Jennifer says:


  18. Shawn says:

    I’d eat with chicken and naan! Maybe make with garbanzo beans, too!

  19. Jessica says:

    On top of a hot dog

  20. Nik says:

    In a sweet potato jacket. 🙂

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Curried Peanut Butter Baked Beans