Baked beans

dish containing cooked beans in sauce, usually tomato flavoured

Baked beans is a dish made of beans, sometimes baked but, despite the name, usually stewed, in a sauce.[2]

Baked beans
Baked beans over scrambled eggs on toast
Place of originUnited States[1]
Associated national cuisineUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Serving temperatureHot or cold
Main ingredientsBeans
Ingredients generally usedTomato sauce

Most commercially canned baked beans are made from haricot beans, also known as navy beans (a variety of Phaseolus vulgaris) in a sauce.


Beans on Toast, with grated cheddar cheese and bacon.

In Ireland and the United Kingdom, a tomato sauce is most commonly used, and they are commonly eaten on toasted white bread or as part of a full English, Scottish, or Irish Breakfast. Some Americans have been known to dislike the dish.[3]


  1. "Why the baked bean divides America and Britain". The Economist. 2020-09-02. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  2. Thring, Oliver (22 February 2011). "Consider baked beans". The Guardian. London.
  3. "Americans have just discovered beans on toast and they're really, really not impressed". 2020-01-09. Retrieved 2021-04-30.