Crispy Kidney Bean “Fakin’ Bits”

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Bean type: Kidney Bean, Red Bean
Nutrition attribute: Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
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  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ spice rub
  • as needed salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • as needed olive oil spray


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Rinse and drain the kidney beans. Place in a bowl and toss with the liquid smoke, BBQ spice rub, salt, and sugar.
  • Place the kidney beans on a parchment lined cookie sheet and spray with olive oil.
  • Roast for 30 to 40 minutes in the oven until very crispy. If they are still soft inside, continue to roast in 5-minute increments, until perfectly crispy. They will crisp up even more as they cool.
  • When they are done, allow to cool, and keep in an airtight container.


These make an excellent alternative grain-free crouton, bowl topper or snack.