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Vegan Cowboy Beans & Potato Bake

A simple one-pot recipe for cowboy beans. Oven-cooked in one dish, this is a real fuss-free family dinner.

A black bowl with Vegan Cowboy Beans & Potato Bake

Savoury Bake

I needed a name for this savoury bake recipe. It's basically beans and sausages so it had to be cowboy beans. 

I have no particular knowledge about cowboys and what they eat apart from the black and white cowboy films with John Wayne I watched with my dad as a child.

Did they eat cowboy beans? Maybe! 

They certainly seemed to cook bean dishes in a pot over their fire.

So I'm calling these cowboy beans and on doing some research I realised I was pretty spot on, although my bean pot was going to include potatoes and as it is wet and windy outside I definitely wasn't going to be cooking them outside over an open fire.

Nope, the oven was fine for me.
Vegan Cowboy Beans & Potato Casserole

Tastes so good!

I wish I had some better photos of this dish to share with you. 

Photos which would show you just how how tasty it was, but it's hard to make a mixed bean bake like this look bonnie.

It may not look beautiful. but it tastes amazing and I'll be making it again soon.

We loved it. 

Well I say we loved it but the boy, the fusspot, gave the critique that it was ok, but he would be happy with sausages and baked beans.

That boy! Sheesh!

Believe me, this is much nicer with a much richer flavour and adding the potatoes, oh yes! Now that is good! 

A whole meal on a plate, all baked in one dish. BOOM!

Here's what a couple of my reader's said.

Positive reader comment with photo.

Another positive reader comment with photo.

How to make vegan cowboy beans

To make this super-easy family meal. I roasted frozen veggie sausages (we like Linda McCartney sausages which are vegan) and halved baby potatoes in a ovenproof dish, then I added tinned (canned) chopped tomatoes, tinned beans and spices.

Step-by-step photos for Vegan Cowboy Beans & Potato Bake

This is my quick make, but you can always soak beans overnight if that's what you do. 

That is something I never do. 

I'm just too busy and to be honest not organised enough. 

I like tinned beans as they are convenient and good quality. 

I have a stock of lots of easy ingredients to help me make midweek dinner time a breeze.

What's in my store cupboard?

You know I love quick meals so these are the things I keep well stocked with for easy dinners.

Store Cupboard

  1. Tinned tomatoes
  2. Tinned beans and lentils (baked beans, black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, cannellini beans and green lentils)
  3. Dried red lentils
  4. Sachets of ready to serve puy lentils (I add these to salads)
  5. Sachets of olives
  6. Pickled baby beets
  7. Couscous
  8. Bulghur wheat
  9. Pasta
  10. Rice
  11. Coconut milk 
  12. Tomato puree
  13. Olive oil
  14. Rapeseed oil
  15. Balsamic vinegar
  16. White wine vinegar
  17. Soy sauce
  18. Tahini
  19. Peanut butter 
  20. Harrisa paste
  21. Maple syrup
  22. Agave syrup
  23. Pesto
  24. Spices
  25. Dried herbs
  26. Stock cubes
  27. Gravy pots
  28. Salt
  29. Black pepper
  30. Cocoa powder

I've probably missed a few things out but those are the basics that help me pull together simple family meals.

I also have baking ingredients and plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. 

In my freezer I always have vegan sausages, vegan sausage rolls (the boys love these with baked beans) veggie mince, frozen spinach and peas, frozen herbs and some frozen berries when they are out of season.

One-Pot Dinners

4 Vegan One-Pot Dinners

I love one-pot dinners like my cowboy beans, well I say one-pot dinners, but they are actually one-tray or dish dinners, but that doesn't roll off the tongue the same way.

These are four of my favourite family bakes. Running from top left clockwise.

Roast Vegetable, Veggie Sausage and Chickpea Bake

This is simple two step bake filled with vegetables, veggie sausages and chickpeas. It is healthy, filling and a real crowd pleaser.

Cheesy Cauliflower and Potato Bake with Spinach

A comforting cauliflower cheese bake with a difference. 

Cauliflower and waxy baby potatoes in a cheese and spinach sauce topped with mozzarella and baked until golden. 

Veggie and vegan recipe.

Sticky Red Onion & Sausage Bake with Gravy

An easy vegan sausage and red onion bake in a rich gravy. 

A simple bake that's easy to make on a weeknight. 

Serve with mashed potato and peas for the ultimate comfort dish.

Rich Tomato & Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake

A rich pasta bake that is so easy to make. 

The whole dish is made in a roasting pan. 

First you roast the vegetables, then you add the sauce ingredients and dried pasta. 

Pop it in the oven, walk away and 40 mins later voila. 

The most delicious pasta bake that everyone will love. Suitable for vegans.

Veggie Cowboy Beans & Potato Bake

Vegan Cowboy Beans & Potato Bake

I hope you try these cowboys beans soon and let me know if you enjoyed them as much as we did. 

Definitely add the potatoes as those made it a complete meal and tasted so good.

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Yield: 3-4
Veggie Cowboy Beans & Potato Bake

Vegan Cowboy Beans & Potato Bake

An easy one-pot bake of cowboy style sausages and beans with added potatoes. This simple recipe is a real family favourite and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 55 minstotal time: 60 mins


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, halved and cut into wedges
  • 6-8 vegan sausages
  • 8 baby potatoes, halved
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 heaped tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 heaped tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • A good grinding of black pepper
  • 1 x  400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x  400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Preheat the oven to 220c/200c fan/425f/Gas 7.
  2. Place the potatoes, onion wedges and sausages in a large ovenproof dish and drizzle with the oil. Use your (clean hands) to toss the ingredients in the oil, then spread out in an even layer across the dish and bake for 20-25 mins until the ingredients are cooked and starting to brown at the edges.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes with the tomato puree, sugar and spices then mix well.
  4. Add the drained beans and mix in.
  5. Remove the dish from the oven and carefully, cut the sausages in half,  being careful not to burn yourself, then mix in the tomato bean mixture and pop back in the oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Vegan Haggis & Red Lentil Nut Loaf

Vegan Haggis & Red Lentil Nut Loaf

A wonderful nut loaf made with veggie haggis, red lentils, spinach, cashew nuts and spices. It tastes fabulous with a vegan whisky cream sauce, but it's also good with a creamy mushroom sauce or a fresh tomato and basil sauce.


  1. Looks delicious but oh heck how do you clean that burnt on dish afterwards?!

    1. Yes it was super tasty. I popped the dish in the dishwasher. It came out sparkling.

  2. With fall season in full swing, I am always looking for comforting dishes. This cowboy beans with potatoes sound perfect. I love that it is vegan too. Beans are so hard to photograph but you made them look pretty 👌

    1. Yes it is definitely fall or autumn as we say here and the ideal time for comfort food. Thanks for such kind words. They are super hard to photograph well.

  3. I love all the flavors in this dish! I haven't had vegan sausage before (only vegetarian) but I'll have to look for it!

    1. When we were a veggie family we ate these Linda McCartney sausages too. They are suitable for everyone and really good.

  4. now thats a hearty meal my boys will go crazy for I guess I better whip this up soon for them!

  5. This looks like the most comforting thing, I love using vegetarian sausages in recipes too!

    1. They really are great in hearty dishes and a great starting point. Always a family pleaser.

  6. This is totally making my mouth water! It looks so good!

    1. Thanks Jessica it really is superb. I hope you try it.

  7. haha! I love the name! I'm positive that cowboys ate EXACTLY this! Looks delicious!

  8. Cowboy beans is a great name for your recipe. It's a great one pot dish which is healthy and looks delicious. I will book mark it to make soon

  9. I'm always looking for ideas for these type of bean! It's not one of my default beans so I want to branch out a bit more! These and Black Eye Peas!

  10. I've just made this - it was very tasty - with some minor adaptions:
    I used Heinz 5 Beanz (Sainsbury's and others do similar mixed beans) which meant I didn't add more sugar.
    I rinsed the bean tin out with a little water and added to the mix so I only used one tin of tomatoes and I didn't need the tomato puree either.
    I used Linda McCartney frozen mince instead of the sausages. I just sprinkled some on from frozen at the point you add the liquid ingredients and mixed thoroughly. It worked really well.
    Next time, I would probably par cook the potato (in the microwave or boiling) before roasting as the potatoes I have seemed to take ages to cook through.

  11. If you haven't made this you don't know what you're missing .. quick simple tasty and perfect for the colder nights


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