like to spend some of my free time looking around
second hand bookshops for old or out of print
recipe books. A lot of the time you only find
the same unpopular titles but, from time to time,
you will find something special or something that
just appeals because it is unusual or novel. A
book that falls into the category of being unusual
or novel is The Heinz Book
of Baked Bean Recipes!
someone who grew up loving baked beans this really
appealed to me. Presumably as a book which was
produced to promote Heinz Beans they will not
mind me reproducing a few of the recipes for you
to enjoy - especially the kids, old and young!
food is fun to prepare, colourful to look at and
delicious to eat and one of the staple ingredients
is beans The Mexicans use pinto beans, we use
6 ready-made taco shells (see note below)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tbsps oil
350g / 12oz minced beef
2 green peppers, seeded and finely chopped
2 tbsps taco sauce (see note below)
4 tbsps red wine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 x 450g / 15.9oz can Heinz Baked Beans
Extra taco sauce
Extra chopped green pepper
6 plump, black olives
Taco shells and sauce, together with other Mexican
foods, can now be purchased from most large
supermarkets. Taco shells are cup-shaped, corn
dough pancakes, which have been fried until
the taco shells onto a baking sheet.
the chopped onion gently in the oil for 3 -
4 minutes. Add the minced beef and fry, until
evenly browned. Add the chopped green peppers,
taco sauce, red wine and salt and pepper, to
taste. Simmer gently, until the beef is just
tender. The mixture should be fairly 'dry'.
the baked beans and heat through.
the taco shells in the oven, according to the
instructions on the packet.
each warmed taco shell with the hot bean and
beef mixture. Garnish with the extra taco sauce,
chopped green pepper and the olives and serve
Preparation takes about 20 minutes and cooking
takes about 30 minutes.
The filled taco shells are best served immediately,
as they may become soggy otherwise.
Instead of using just green peppers, use red or
yellow, either on their own or mixed.
Heinz Book of Baked Bean Recipes