These Spanish beans with tomatoes and smokey sweet spices are so easy to make in less than 20 minutes with just 7 ingredients. Only 125 calories per serving, this recipe is perfect as tapas, main meals or a side dish. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
Spanish Beans in Tomato Sauce
This easy gluten free vegan recipe for Spanish beans is rich, flavourful and smoky.
The white beans stew in the thick tomato sauce, spiced with paprika. This version of Gigantes Beans is smokey and deliciuos, perfect mopped up with a slab of crusty bread. You can serve it as tapas, on it’s own or as a side dish.
Plus, it’s ready in just 20 minutes!
I used canned white beans (butter/lima beans) for these gigantes beans but you can also used dried beans. Just soak them for 4 hours or overnight in a bowl with plenty of cold water. Then drain and rinse them before boiling for 45 minutes. Then carry on with the recipe.
You can substitute any other white beans that you have to hand, though I like the large butterbeans, lima beans. They have a great potato-like texture that really makes this a hearty dish.
For a quick side dish, my yeast free naan bread recipe is a tasty flatbread that’s perfect for mopping up the Spanish Beans’ juices and only takes minutes to make.
Reader Testimonials for Spanish Beans
Loads of you have been making this recipe! Here are some reader comments from Pinterest:
‘Excellent recipe. Filling and enjoyed by all. I added a bit of Worcester sauce and a teaspoon of marmite to flavour it up. Yummy!’ – Alison
‘Amazing, really quick, easy and full of flavour. Served the gigantes beans over rice.” – Ali
‘Very easy to make and it was delicious!’ – Catherine
‘Very simple and tasty. Smoked paprika really adds a layer of flavour. I served over rice for a complete meal.’ – Mitchel
‘These has become a regular meal in our house.’ – Katie
‘Absolutely delicious! I was pleasantly surprised that little seasoning was needed. I was tempted to add a little ‘All Seasoning’ but it was not necessary. I normally take a photo but the family and I devoured it and there is none left. I would definitely make this again.’ – Debbie
‘I used both sweet and hot Spanish pimenton, also some cinnamon, and cooked it slow and long. Good flavour’ – Julia
Have you made these Spanish Beans? Let me know in the comments!
Vegan Spanish Recipes
My husband recently returned from a trip to Almeria in Andalusia, southeastern Spain. He was raving about the beans in tomato sauce that he had and said that they were an amazing vegan option.
I’ve tried to recreate them here, but this is definitely an adaptable dish. If you like things spicy, then go for a hotter paprika, if you like them sweeter then use a sweet/smoky paprika. You could even add a tiny pinch of cinnamon for another flavour dimension.
You can serve these Spanish beans as tapas alongside olives, bread and patatas bravas, perhaps with a few Spanish beers or a big jug of sangria!
I tend to have it simply served with fresh crusty bread to mop up those fragrant juices. You can also serve it as Spanish Beans and Rice, by serving it on a bed of… rice.
How to Make Spanish Beans (step by step tutorial)
Step 1: cook the onion and garlic in a pan until soft.
Step 2:add the bay leaves and paprika.
Step 3: stir well and cook for one minute.
Step 4: add the canned tomatoes and white beans (butter beans, lima beans etc).
Step 5: simmer for 15 minutes until thick.
Step 6: add the spinach and stir the Gigantes Beans to wilt, then serve.
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Vegan Spanish Beans with Tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika pimenton dulce - or hot paprika if you like it spicy
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cans butter beans 400ml/14oz (lima beans), drained and rinsed
- 2 cans plum tomatoes 400ml/14oz
- Sea salt and black pepper
- 2 large handfuls spinach roughly chopped
- In a large saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry, stirring continuously, for 3-5 minutes until translucent but not browned.
- Add the garlic, paprika and bay leaves and fry for a further minute.
- Add the beans and tomatoes. Stir and break up the tomatoes a bit, then season with salt and pepper. Stir well and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, checking regularly so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- As it finishes, stir the spinach through to wilt.
- Serve hot or cold, as tapas or a side dish, sprinkled with the fresh parsley.
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This recipe was originally published in June 2016. Updated November 2018.