Bulgarian Baked Beans

Bulgarian baked beans are easy to make and so flavorful and cozy, perfect for the coldest winter days. They’re flavored with a simple tomato and spice base.

I’m sharing the vegetarian version of this Easy Bulgarian Baked Beans Recipe.

Although you can absolutely add cooked meat like sausage, bacon, pork ribs or pancetta to it. Customize it to your taste!

Just a few basic and simple ingredients to make delicious comfort food, perfect for this time of the year.

Comfort food, made simple.

For this Easy Bulgarian Baked Beans Recipe {Vegetarian} I used dry beans, that I soaked overnight and then boiled them. This step is important, to achieve tender, but not mushy and perfectly cooked baked beans.

Then you combine the drained beans with onions, spices, roasted red peppers and carrots. Add more water and some flour (to help the dish thicken) and finish cooking it in the oven.

I used my cast iron brasier, but any oven safe dish would work. This recipe is traditionally made in a clay pot, but I don’t currently own one.

This Bulgarian Baked Beans Recipe is one of the simplest Bulgarian dishes, requiring minimal prep work and resulting in outstanding flavors. Here are some more Bulgarian recipes, you may like : Phyllo {Filo} Swirls With Eggs And Feta, Red Pepper And Tomato Spread Lutenitsa Recipe and Cold Yogurt Cucumber Soup Tarator.

You can take a shortcut and use canned white beans. These do work in this recipe, but I prefer making it from scratch and almost always use dry beans. It is an extra step, that I honestly don’t mind.

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Bulgarian baked beans are easy to make and so flavorful and cozy, perfect for the coldest winter days. They're flavored with a simple tomato and spice base.
Recipe Type: Side
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Serves: 10 side servings
  • 1 lb dry white beans soaked in water for 8 hours or overnight
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 carrot large, shredded
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • ½ cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 3 tbps tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried summer savory spice
  • 2 tsp dried mint spice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • water
  • 3 tbsp flour
  1. Soak dry beans in cold water for 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse. Add cold fresh water, covering the beans with ½ inch. Bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain the water. Rinse.
  2. While the beans are boiling, preheat oven to 350F.
  3. In a small pan of oven safe braiser or dutch oven, heat oil and add onions and carrots. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are translucent. Add tomato paste, salt, pepper, dried mint, dried savory and paprika, stir to combine. Add beans. Add water to cover the beans.
  4. In a small bowl combine flour with 3 tbsp cold water. Mix to combine. Add flour mixture to the pot and stir to combine.
  5. Bake beans for 50-60 minutes or until the water is absorbed, test for doneness. If you prefer the beans extra soft, add more water and continue baking, checking on them, until the desired doneness is achieved.
Seasoning of your choice could be used. I did use dried mint and summer savory, because they are used in the original recipe and popular in Bulgarian cuisine.

You can add cooked bacon or cooked sausage to the beans.


Lyubomira Lsl

Hi, I’m Lyubomira (people call me Mira). I have background in construction engineering and design, but recently discovered my new passion – cooking and food photography.I try to share simple, straightforward recipes, fast to prepare with widely available ingredients.

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