Three delicious baked bean recipes for budget-friendly meals

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WITH a tin of baked beans from your cupboard, you can easily create tasty and affordable dinners.

And we're not just talking about beans on toast.

SAMOSAS:

This recipe from Heinz serves three and costs £1.31 per person.

Boil and mash a large potato.

Then fry a small, diced onion for three minutes before adding a teaspoon of mild curry powder and two minced cloves of garlic.

After a minute, add 50g of frozen peas and a tin of baked beans.

Combine the potato with the mixture and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Brush a sheet of filo pastry with oil and fold it in half lengthwise.

Starting from the short side, add two teaspoons of the mixture to the closest left-hand corner of the pastry.

Fold the closest right-hand corner over to meet the left side, forming a triangle shape.

Continue folding until you reach the end.

Then bake in a preheated oven at 200C until golden brown, which should take around 15 minutes.

SHEPHERD’S PIE:

This Tesco Real Food recipe serves four people for £2.15 each.

Chop an onion and two carrots, and fry them in a pan until soft.

Add 500g minced lamb and cook for about four minutes to brown.

Next, add a tin of chopped tomatoes and 50ml of beef stock, and let it simmer for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, boil four medium-sized potatoes until soft, then make a creamy mash with butter and milk.

Add a tin of baked beans to the lamb mixture and stir well before spooning it into an oven dish.

Top it off with the creamy mash, and bake for 30 minutes at 190C until golden brown.

BEAN FRITTERS:

This recipe from Heinz serves four people for £1.67 each.

Mix together a tin of beans, a tin of sweetcorn, three thinly sliced spring onions, and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Add two beaten eggs, then fold in 85g of flour and one teaspoon of baking powder.

Heat some oil in a pan and place two big spoonfuls of the mixture to create one fritter.

Fry the fritters for two minutes on each side.

Serve them with salad and chutney.