Smoky black beans on toast

Image: © Theofano Vetouli

These black beans are a great brunch meal, cooked in a thick and smoky tomato sauce and served on crispy pan-fried bread. This dish is rich in protein and also perfect if you are camping or cooking outdoors, as it is easy to prepare and will keep you full for a long time.

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


Servings: 4

For the beans

  • 1 tbsp
    olive oil
  • ½
    red onion chopped
  • 400 g
    cooked black beans
  • 200 ml
    diced tomatoes canned or fresh
  • 1 tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 tbsp
    maple syrup
  • ½ tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 60 ml
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

For the pan-fried bread

  • 4 slices
  • 2 tbsp
    olive oil
  • fresh pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp
    fresh coriander chopped

To serve

  • smoked paprika to taste
  • ½
    avocado sliced or mashed


For the beans

  1. Heat up the oil In a small pot and gently saute the onions for 2 minutes.

  2. Then add the beans and all other ingredients, mix well, and cook over a medium-low  heat for about 10 minutes. Add more water if needed and season with salt and pepper.

For the pan-fried bread

  1. Brush 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto 4 slices of bread.

  2. Put the bread in a frying pan on medium-high heat and fry them for 2 minutes on each side, until golden and crispy.

  3. Sprinkle with some freshly ground black pepper and finely chopped coriander.

To serve

  1. Plate the slices of bread and top them with the saucy beans. Sprinkle with some smoked paprika – add some extra maple syrup if you like. Finish with sliced or mashed avocados.


You can use home-cooked or canned beans for this recipe. It will also work well with kidney or other red beans. For traditional British beans on toast, use white beans.

About the author

Theofano Vetouli


Courses: Brunch
Special diets: Lupin-free, Soya-free
Difficulty: Level 1 (easy)
Cooking time: 15-30 minutes
Number ingredients: 5-10 ingredients

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