Beans on Toast, American Style

Beans on Toast, American Style

“I know it sounds weird, but trust me it’s delicious.” Several of my childhood friends were introduced to beans on toast with those very words. Every single one of them was a skeptic, but they all ended up enjoying my family’s twist on an English tradition. More on that later.

Did you know that November is National Bread Month? Somebody bring me some sourdough! To top it off, this year marks the 250th Anniversary of the sandwich. I love sandwiches.

The sandwich was born in England in 1762, when Sir John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, didn’t want to put his cards down during a marathon game of poker so he requested his meat be served to him between two slices of bread. – Grains Food Foundation

Thank goodness for that stroke of genius (or laziness?). Sandwiches are a big part of my family’s diet. My kiddos have a sandwich in their lunches most days and I either eat toast or sandwiches daily. Bread is my friend and grains (especially whole grains) are a huge part my diet.

I am not alone in my love of bread products. According to the Grains Food Foundation, 86% of adults say they would rather spend their lunchtime eating a sandwich than checking Facebook. Sandwiches are convenient go-to foods and grains are healthful so it is a win-win.

Whole grains rock!

  • Whole grains are a good source of complex carbohydrates, numerous vitamins and minerals, and are naturally low in fat.
  • Whole grains are a good source of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium.
  • Whole grains may lower risk of heart disease, some cancers and diabetes as well as other disorders including many digestive issues.

Beans on toast is an open-faced sandwich that we ate in my home when I was growing up.  My mom and her mom and her mom and so on were from England and British treats were the norm for us. The true English version of beans on toast involves toast and Heinz Baked Beans. Those beans are not easy to get in the states so we usually just used American style baked beans (think sugar instead of tomato). We also always used cheese which is not standard in the English version.

Beans on Toast


  • 2 pieces of bread
  • 1 can of baked beans (Heinz for authenticity, I use whatever I have)
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese


  1. Heat up beans on stove-top or in microwave.
  2. While beans are heating, toast the bread.
  3. Place toast on a plate and lay cheese slices on the bread.
  4. Pour beans over the toast (until it is covered).
  5. Enjoy (with knife and fork).

So what is your favorite sandwich creation? Have you ever eaten beans on toast? Does this recipe idea intrigue you or scare you? Feel free to leave a comment.  Share and let’s talk about it!

Disclaimer:  I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Debra Givens-Wagner says

    So so Good…Love it for breakfast, lunch or a quick Supper

  2. Rebecca Sinclair says

    I’m sitting here starving so beans on toast sounds delish!!

  3. Hmmmm….not sure about this one. Sounds interesting, though!

  4. Lindsay Lee says

    Never thought of doing this before but it looks pretty darn good!

  5. This actually sounds really good and I bet my kids would like it

  6. Mindy Grant says

    My Mom and her 4 brothers & sister grew up eating this quite often back in the 60’s & 70’s! My grandmother didn’t work, so money was pretty tight with 6 kids! This was a really cheap and easy meal for the whole family. They also used to eat oatmeal with lima beans in it for breakfast!

  7. Kathleen Jones says

    Wow, what an interesting take on that sandwich. Sounds good.

  8. Kathleen Manthey says

    You are SO right, it does sound weird! I do like all the ingredients, so maybe I will give it a try!

  9. Nena Sinclair says

    I grew up eating beans on toast and i still love it even today! It’s great protein, too!

  10. Kimberly Davis says

    I do with with hotdogs added. Yum!

  11. bill elliott says

    This looks great. Now I have bean cravings. I like the fact
    it is very easy to make.

  12. Peggy Bolling says

    This sounds really good, I make a scramble dog like this. Bread with cut up hotdogs topped with crackers and chili!!!!

  13. Jennifer Mae Hiles says

    This looks like a quick and easy recipe I would whip up for the kids. I def. would not have thought of this myself but it actually looks pretty darn good.

  14. rebeka deleon says

    i am not really into beans. they just don’t taste that great to me. i think my husband would eat this though..

  15. Interesting. I have to try this.

  16. This is a new one to me, and I love beans! Definitely going to try it!

  17. I have never heard of this! My husband loves beans and cornbread and he even eats cornbread shoved in a glass of milk! But, never this. He will try it, though!

  18. Karen Glatt says

    I like this recipe for Beans on Toast! A hearty meal any time of the day! My father loves this type of meal, and it gives me a great idea to make him this soon! I am going to make this for myself, too!

  19. Janice,
    Beans on toast!!! Thank you for bringing back such great memories of my childhood! I remember sitting down at the table and biting into that crunchy chewy goodness with such joy! I have not had this as a meal in so long I cannot remember. But, I tell you what, I will be making this meal A.S.A.P.. Thanks again girl.

  20. I love beans. I love beans on hotdogs. I will probably love beans on toast too lol.

  21. Stephanie Larison says

    Mmmm we usually eat beans over cornbread here, I’ve never had it over toast, but it sure looks yummy!

  22. Elizabeth W. says

    Looks so good, thanks going to have to try.

  23. Debra Wagner says

    This is so delicious, I eat it all the time!

  24. Jennifer Mae Hiles says

    So after reading your post the other day, I was looking for something for dinner Thursday night and decided to try this. It was a hit at my house! I added a little parmesan cheese to it and it was so yummy and best of all fast!

    • Yay! I am so glad you got to try it! I have never used Parmesap cheese…will try that for sure.

  25. Renata Lopes says

    it seems delicious.

  26. Toni Cosgrove says

    I always wondered what beans were on beans and toast..I bet my son would love this. We always had cream of mushroom soup o toast..or some did it with sausage gravy. We`also always love griiled cheese..and sometimes add some ham,,yummy.