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Since embracing a plant based lifestyle, I’ve looked for a replacement for my mom’s famous Settler Baked Beans. That tasty dish contains bacon, ground beef and brown sugar, all ingredients that I now avoid.
I adapted the recipe slightly. That’s one of the pluses of this simple recipe, it is easy to create your own unique dish based on preferences and what you have on hand.
Vegan Cowboy Beans
I love that this recipe comes together in minutes, using canned beans and pantry staples. And all the ingredients go into one pot for easy prep, cooking and cleanup.
The original recipe called for homemade barbecue sauce. I’d love to make my own soon. However, to keep it simple and quick this evening, I picked up sugar free classic barbecue sauce at Natural Grocers. I also grabbed several cans of organic beans there too along with a can of organic tomato sauce.
Any canned beans are fine. Use what you have or get creative and mix things up. I chose great northern beans, black eyed peas and a blend of pinto, kidney and black beans.
Vegan Cowboy Beans Recipe
Vegan Cowboy Beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 6 cups mixed beans, drained and cooked
- 1/4 cup sugar free barbecue sauce
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a large pan, saute onion and green bell pepper in olive oil. Cook until veggies soften, about five minutes.
- Add beans, barbecue sauce and tomato sauce. Stir well. Add ground mustard and garlic powder.
- Bring beans just to boil, over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 6 servings.
Enjoying This Flavorful Dish
By the time I cleaned up my prep area and washed the few dishes I dirtied, the beans were done.
What a delicious and quick meal. And how versatile. The barbecue sauce I selected added a bit of a kick, which I loved. Substitute any style and flavor of barbecue sauce. And swap out the teaspoon of ground mustard for a tablespoon of prepared mustard, if desired. Or used minced garlic instead of garlic powder.
I enjoy including chopped green bell peppers. Use your favorite vegetables. Plus, any combination of beans may be used.
I enjoyed these vegan cowboy beans! They are perfect for a backyard cookout or to tote along to a family potluck dinner. If you intend to share with others, the recipe is easily doubled.
That’s what I’ll do when I cook up my next pot of cowboy beans!
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