West African-Style Baked Beans

West African style baked beans

I came across this recipe for West African-style baked beans when looking for a bean dish that was different to the ones I already know how to make. It sounded delicious, tomatoes, peanut butter and curry powder are some of my favourite flavours, so I had to give it a try.

Beans are a very cheap source of protein, especially when you buy dried ones and soak them yourself. My beans were even cheaper because I was given them by friends and family who didn’t want to cook them themselves.

To cook the beans, I soaked them overnight in the slow-cooker, then turned it on in the morning to cook them while I was at work. They were slightly over-cooked when I got home, so I might need to think of another way to do this.

West African-Style Baked Beans (adulterated from abundance on a dime)

Ingredients (serves 4)

3 cups of cooked beans (I used half kidney beans and half black turtle beans but you could use any that you have on hand)

1 tbsp oil

1 onion, diced

3 tsp minced garlic

1 tbsp curry powder

1 400g tin of diced tomatoes

2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter

1 cup water


Heat the oil in a frying pan and saute the onion and garlic.Add the curry powder and mix to form a paste.

Baked beans sauce

Add the tinned tomatoes, peanut butter and 1/2 a cup of water, and bring to the boil. Add the remaining 1/2 a cup of water and mix to combine.


Place the beans in an oven-proof dish. Pour the tomato-peanut mixture over the top and stir gently to combine.

West African style baked beans

Bake in a 200C (400F) oven for 1 – 1/12 hours, or until it forms a bubbly crust on top.

Enjoy with brown rice, salad and homemade sauerkraut (or whatever you want)

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  1. That looks quite good. I make a curried lentil dish that sounds similar but is cooked on the stove. I add a bit of chutney to the lentils. And sometimes add some chopped apples. I’ll try your West African beans sometime and let you know what my family thinks.

  2. I’ve had a very similar sounding recipe that used chicken iunstead of beans, made by a friend of mine who was from Zaire. It was really, really good. I never thought to make it with beans, but we have more beans than chicken. I love this idea!

    • It was pretty tasty and the beans make it super-cheap as well. Make sure you let me know how it turns out if you do give it a try. You might have to scale it up a bit to feed your family though 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  3. Can’t believe I only just discovered this post. This recipe makes my mouth water. I am a huge fan of baked beans as it is, but with a peanuty edge? Heck yeah. Done and done. I know what I will be making a big batch of this weekend…


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