Smoky Chipotle Baked Beans Recipe: A BBQ Favorite

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Chipotle baked beans are the perfect side dish for anyone who loves a blend of smoky, spicy, and slightly sweet flavors. This recipe is great for BBQ enthusiasts, vegetarians, and anyone looking to add a flavorful twist to their traditional baked beans. Whether you’re hosting a summer cookout or preparing a family dinner, these chipotle baked beans are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Did you know that the smoky flavor in chipotle peppers comes from the process of smoking and drying ripe jalapeño peppers? This is what gives chipotle baked beans their unique and irresistible taste.

Chipotle Baked Beans


Yields, Prep Time, Cook Time, Total Time, and Calories Per Serving

Yields 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories Per Serving 250


  • 4 cups cooked navy beans
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Step 2: In a large skillet, heat a bit of oil over medium heat and sauté the chopped onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Step 3: Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  4. Step 4: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked navy beans, sautéed onion and garlic, tomato sauce, molasses, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced chipotle peppers, and smoked paprika. Mix well.
  5. Step 5: Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Step 6: Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  7. Step 7: Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes to allow the top to caramelize.
  8. Step 8: Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrient Amount Per Serving
Calories 250
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 600mg
Total Carbohydrates 45g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 15g
Protein 10g

Watch this video to see how to make these delicious chipotle baked beans:

Tips and Variations

  • Spicy Version: If you love your beans extra spicy, add an extra chipotle pepper or a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  • Vegetarian Option: This recipe is already vegetarian, but you can make it vegan by ensuring the sugar you use is vegan-friendly.
  • Meat Lover’s Twist: Add crumbled bacon or diced ham to the mixture before baking for an added savory flavor.
  • Sweet and Smoky: For a sweeter version, increase the amount of brown sugar and molasses to your liking.
chipotle baked beans

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Large skillet
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Baking dish
  • Aluminum foil
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife and cutting board

How to Store Leftovers

Store any leftover chipotle baked beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, simply microwave or warm in a saucepan over medium heat until heated through.

Food and Drink Pairings

These smoky chipotle beans pair perfectly with grilled meats such as ribs, chicken, or steak. For a vegetarian meal, serve them alongside grilled vegetables or a hearty salad. A cold beer or a glass of iced tea complements the smoky and spicy flavors beautifully.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What kind of beans are at Chipotle?

A: Chipotle offers both black beans and pinto beans as part of their menu options. Both are seasoned with spices to enhance their flavor.

Q: Do Chipotle pinto beans have pork in them?

A: No, Chipotle pinto beans do not contain pork. They are seasoned with a blend of spices and are vegetarian-friendly.

Q: Does Chipotle use canned beans?

A: No, Chipotle does not use canned beans. They cook their beans from scratch daily to ensure freshness and quality.

Q: Do Chipotle beans have bacon?

A: No, Chipotle’s black beans and pinto beans do not contain bacon. They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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