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Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe.

This recipes blends two cuisine styles for the best of both worlds: We're taking the English tradition of eating baked beans on toast and replacing the baked beans with a recipe from south of the border -- drunken beans, aka barracho beans (recipe adapted from Moosewood New Classics). It's a non-traditional take on a Brit breakfast or snack that can be enjoyed at any hour of the day.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

You will need:

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion 4 garlic cloves Sprinkle of salt 1 tablespoon cumin 1 bottle Mexican beer (we like Dos Equis: Lager Especial for lighter beans and Amber ale for heavier) 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed 2 cans pinto beans 1 can chopped tomatoes 1-2 tablespoons chipotle adobo sauce (sauce from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce) 1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce 2 slices bread per diner Block of vegan cheese or slices of regular cheese

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

2. Peel the cloves of garlic.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

3. Finely chop the onion.

 

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the onion to the heated skillet with some salt.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Press the garlic into the skillet.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about six to ten minutes.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

While the onion is cooking, drain and rinse the two cans of pinto beans.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

This is what the onion will look like when it's ready.

 

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

4. Sprinkle cumin over the onion and cook for another minute or so.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

5. Add the beans to the onions and stir in.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the can of tomatoes, juice included.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Pour in the beer.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the adobo sauce.

 

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the brown sugar.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the tamari or soy sauce.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Stir everything together. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a slow simmer, cooking for about 20 minutes or so.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

6. While the beans cook, slice the cheese.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Preheat the griddle you'll be using to toast your bread -- or you can use a toaster.

 

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

When a lot of the liquid around the beans has evaporated and the sauce is thick, it's time to start toasting your bread (turn off the beans to be safe).

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Place the bread on the griddle.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Toast one side of the bread on the griddle.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

After the first side is getting toasty, flip over and get the other side.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Place the thin slices of cheese on top of the hot toast.

 

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the hot beans to help the cheese melt faster.

Barracho beans on toast for breakfast, lunch or dinner on Meatless Monday

Serve up on a plate with a fork and knife. You can also use the barracho bean recipe to create a side dish for enchiladas or another main dish.



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