Open Sandwich My Way!

Baked Beans have been a camping favorite, it seems, from the beginning of time…..but with this recipe, we take them to a whole new level.  An Uncle of our’s introduced it to our family years ago and with a few tweaks and changes, it has been our family favorite “quick lunch” for many many years.  Using Vegetarian Baked Beans makes it a super healthy, protein packed, lunch for vegetarians. With a few adjustments, it is a winner with kids as well. This visually appealing open sandwich, with its perfect blend of sweet, tang and spice, is sure to please everyone.

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Sandwich Bread – 8 slices

Vegetarian Baked Beans – 1 (16oz can)

Cheese – 8 slices, preferably American

Tomato – 1 medium, finely chopped

Green Chili – to taste, finely chopped

Onion – 1/2 medium, finely chopped

Lemon Juice – 1/2 tsp or to taste

Cilantro – 2-3 sprigs, finely chopped

Salt – to taste

Salsa or hot sauce – 8 tsp or to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  
  2. Place the Bread slices flat on a baking/cookie sheet.
  3. Bake/toast them in the oven till they are light golden.
  4. Flip them around and let them toast on the other side. The Bread should be very crisp.
  5. In a bowl, mix in the following well: Onions, Tomatoes, Green Chili, Cilantro, Lemon Juice and Salt.
  6. Place a slice of Cheese on each of the toasts.
  7. Spoon and spread the Baked Beans (approximately 2 tbsp) over each slice of Cheese.
  8. Pour the desired amount of Salsa/Hot Sauce over Baked Beans.
  9. Spread the Onion, Tomato, Green Chili mixture over the salsa.
  10. Place the cookie sheet back in the oven bake for another 5 minutes – or till the cheese starts to melt.
  11. Remove from Oven and serve immediately.
  12. Serves 4.


  1. Health Tip – To save on calories, use 1/2 slice of cheese instead of the whole slice.  Just break the cheese into small pieces and spread it out on the toast.
  2. Tastes best when served hot and crisp, otherwise it will get soggy.
  3. For a kid’s version, just omit the green chilies and salsa.
  4. For non-vegetarians, you could substitute regular baked beans.
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