With heat from chipotles in adobo sauce and sweetness from brown sugar, this healthy stovetop baked beans recipe is a spicy twist on the classic. We slashed more than half the sugar and three-quarters of the sodium--and a few hours of cooking time--as compared to a traditional recipe. Serve at your next cookout or BBQ and be prepared for people to rave.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017


Recipe Summary

55 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and bacon, if using; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 6 to 10 minutes.

  • Add beans, water, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, chipotle, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are very tender and the liquid has thickened, about 30 minutes.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup each
191 calories; protein 6.7g; carbohydrates 32.3g; dietary fiber 6.7g; sugars 12.1g; fat 4.3g; saturated fat 0.3g; vitamin a iu 108.4IU; vitamin c 2mg; folate 4.8mcg; calcium 86.3mg; iron 1.8mg; magnesium 59.4mg; potassium 360.9mg; sodium 354mg; added sugar 11g.

1 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 lean meat, 1 fat