Gourmet Baked Beans

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Baked beans from a can usually lack in, well, almost everything as far as we're concerned. So, we've come up with a recipe that adds flavor, texture, and color to ordinary baked beans, making them completely irresistible.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 package vegan Lightlife Smart Bacon, diced
1 medium onion, small dice, divided
1 medium red bell pepper, small dice, divided
1 medium green bell pepper, small dice, divided
1 fresh jalapeno, seeds removed, minced
Four 28 ounce cans of vegetarian baked beans
2/3 cup barbecue sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup distilled vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon molasses
2 chipotle peppers, minced

Here's how we did it!

Coat the bottom of a large, heavy-bottomed oven-safe pot or dutch oven with the oil and fry the vegan bacon pieces over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often.

Remove the vegan bacon from the pan and set it aside. In the same pan, add in the onions, peppers, and jalapeno. Saute until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Once the vegetables have cooked, add in the beans, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, mustard, molasses, chipotle peppers, and the bacon pieces. Stir well to combine.

Bake in a preheated 325° oven for 45 to 50 minutes, until the beans are bubbly.

Carefully remove the pan from the oven and let the beans stand to cool and thicken slightly before serving.

Contains

Beans (canned)
Onion
Vinegar