Introduction: Turn a Can of Baked Beans Into a Gourmet Meal

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A can of baked beans is a cheap, nutritious staple that can be eaten on its own. But with a little effort and a few extra ingredients, you can create a delicious meal for two.

All of the ingredients in this instructable are easily stored and transported without any refrigeration (sausage may need to be kept cold: check the package), so it's an ideal meal for camping. You will need: a chopping knife, a block to cut on, and a pot on a heat source.

All of the ingredients may be easily substituted for something similar. I hope this instructable inspires you.

Step 1: Ingredients

Ingredients I used:

  • a can of baked beans (with maple syrup)
  • a potato
  • half a large onion
  • two roma tomatoes
  • about 2 tsp paprika
  • half a chorizo sausage
  • pepper/other spices to taste
  • a little oil (optional)

This amount of food is enough for 2 normal appetites.

Step 2: Prepare Your Ingredients!

  1. To make sure everything cooks easily, chop your onions and potatoes finely.
  2. Chop your tomatoes (not shown)
  3. Slice your spicy chorizo sausage.
  4. I like to measure out my spices to dump them in all at once. If you're camping, you might not.

Experiment with other hardy ingredients! I might try a small can of corn next time.

Step 3: Let's Cook!

  1. I always start by cooking the hardest vegetables.* Heat up your pot/pan with the oil, and then add your potatoes and onions. Once they are soft, add the tomatoes and paprika.
  2. Next dump in your can of baked beans, sausage, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat and serve. Garnish with parsley or basil if you have it.

So easy.

* I recommend starting with cooked/smoked sausage, but if you're going to use uncooked sausage, prepare it with the onions first.

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