The One-Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice recipe I made earlier this week was phenomenal, but it was missing something I’m working hard to incorporate more of: vegetables. Luckily, I found this Vegan Spanish Beans with Tomatoes recipe. It’s all veggies with no meat in sight and only uses a few ingredients. This sounds like it could be a terrific budget-friendly meatless meal!
This post was originally published on December 19, 2018. The text and photos were updated on July 24, 2021. The review and rating have not been changed.
These vegan gluten-free Spanish beans are packed with flavour, but are so easy to make in less than 20 minutes with just 7 ingredients! Perfect served with rice or fresh bread and only 125 calories per serving.
This recipe only has a few ingredients, and it’s a nice mix of fresh and canned foods. I’m a big proponent of fresh food because it’s tasty and healthy, but canned tomatoes and beans are two items I often buy canned. There’s no need to soak the beans, and no need to peel or deseed the tomatoes. That’s a win-win in my book!
I wasn’t sure if the tomatoes I bought were plum tomatoes because it wasn’t listed on the label. I also wasn’t sure if they needed to be whole, halved, or diced. The author’s picture looked like they were diced, so that’s what I went with. I used a 28-ounce can, undrained.
This recipe lists a total time of 25 minutes, and I came very close to that at 28 minutes. The prep work took me nine minutes. It consisted of some basic chopping (the onion and garlic) and opening the canned beans and tomatoes.
Cooking went according to the directions and took another 19 minutes, and everything was made on one pan. I love that!
The first time I made this recipe, I wasn’t sure whether the canned tomatoes needed to be drained. I decided to drain them, and my finished dish didn’t have much of a sauce. Tip: Over the years, I have made this recipe many, many times and found that the tomatoes should not be drained. Most of the liquid cooks away, but there’s enough left to make a thick sauce.