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Jacket Potato with Beans & Cheese

February 15, 2023 by Chris Collins

This dish is a British classic and here I’ll show you the most delicious way to make it!

And if it wasn’t obvious by now, this post is a little tongue and cheek! Don’t get me wrong, I unashamedly eat this all the time, but a recipe for it is quite extravagant. But here we are. Let’s talk potatoes! Follow me…

overhead shot of jacket potato with baked beans and melted cheddar cheese on top on small white plate with silver fork

Jacket Potato

For those wondering what on earth is going on here, potentially those outside the UK, this dish is a British staple (and yes fellow Brits, I am talking on behalf of all of us right now 🤣). It’s exactly what it says on the tin – a jacket potato (baked potato) with baked beans and grated cheese on top. Yes, it’s better than it sounds 😂

Tips for the best jacket potato

Given the potato is the bulk of the recipe, I recommend treating it right. Yes, that means stepping away from the microwave. We want crispy, fluffy potatoes!

I’ve got an entire post dedicated to tips on baking the perfect potato, so do check that out if you’ve got a second. But in short, make sure the potatoes are big, floury potatoes (like Maris Pipers). Then make sure they’re stabbed with a fork and coated in olive oil & salt. From there they’re going to get a long roast at 180C/350F then a quick blast at 220C/430F to get them ultra crispy.

Process: prep potatoes (photo 1), bake potatoes (photo 2).

2 step by step photos showing how to make a jacket potato

Baked Beans

Look! 1 of your 5 a day they say! It all seems so much more justifiable now, doesn’t it?! 😋

I’m always team Heinz, but any decent brand will do the job. I typically simmer these on the stove until they’re piping hot & the sauce has reduced. HOT beans are crucial so the residual heat melts the cheese.

close up shot of hand holding tin of baked beans

Worcestershire Sauce

Okay, is it just me that adds a few lashings of Worcestershire sauce on their beans? I hope not. Because it absolutely completes the dish. Use it if you can, not a deal-breaker if it’s not there!

close up shot of hand holding bottle of Worcestershire sauce

Jacket Potato with Beans and Cheese

When it comes to putting everything together, here are two tips:

  • Butter & Salt – Open the jacket potato up then add in a good dollop of butter & a good pinch of salt. Use a fork to rough up the filling and spread all that goodness around.
  • Cheese top and bottom – I always put some cheese underneath the beans AND on top. There’s no such thing as too much melted cheese.

Process shots: add potato to plate (photo 1), slice open (photo 2), add butter and salt (photo 3), mash into potato then add cheese (photo 4), add beans (photo 5), add cheese and Worcestershire sauce (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make jacket potato with cheese and beans

Serving Jacket Potato with Beans and Cheese

This is the meal. Nothing else is needed. Sometimes in a Cafe they’ll do a side salad, but quite frankly we’ve just piled carbs on carbs with cheese – don’t insult me with lettuce.

For another baked potato recipe check out my Tuna Baked Potato!

Okay, let’s tuck into the ‘recipe’ for this jacket potato shall we?!

close up shot of jacket potato with beans and cheese on small white plate with silver fork to one side

How to make Jacket Potato with Cheese & Beans (Full Recipe & Video)

close up shot of jacket potato with beans and cheese on small white plate with silver fork to one side

Jacket Potato with Beans & Cheese

This dish is a British classic and here I'll show you the most delicious way to make it!
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Servings (click & slide): 2
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Calories per serving: 923kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50


  • Baking Tray (for baking potatoes)
  • Small Pot & Wooden Spoon (for beans)
  • Box Grater (for cheese)

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2x large Baking Potatoes (approx 350g/12oz EACH)
  • 1x 415g/14oz tin of Baked Beans
  • 100g / 1 cup Cheddar, grated
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • Worcestershire Sauce, as needed (optional)
  • Olive Oil, as needed
  • Salt, as needed


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  • Place the potatoes on a baking tray and stab them a few times all over with a fork. Coat in a drizzle of olive oil and a good pinch of salt, then place in the oven for 1 hour 20 mins (should be fork tender all the way through at this point). Crank up the heat to 220C/430F until ultra crispy, then remove.
  • Just before the end, add the beans to a pot over medium heat and simmer until they're piping hot and the sauce thickens up.
  • Slice potatoes down the centre and push them open. Add 1 tbsp butter and a good pinch of salt to both. Fluff up with a fork to get the butter & salt in and around the potato.
  • Top with a pinch of cheese, followed by beans, followed by more cheese then finished with a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Baked Potato - Timings will differ depending on the size of the potato, but 180C/350F for 80mins should get them pretty much ready to serve. The extra blast at the end is to get them extra crispy! Check out my Best Baked Potato for more tips!
b) Cheese - I prefer a mature/sharp cheddar, but mild or medium will work just fine if you prefer that. Either way, it's gotta be cheddar. No other cheese is allowed!
c) Beans - I typically simmer these for a little longer than the tin suggests. Just to reduce the sauce so they don't spill all across the plate. Plus they'll be piping hot, which helps the cheese melt!

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Nutrition Facts
Jacket Potato with Beans & Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 923 Calories from Fat 331
% Daily Value*
Fat 36.83g57%
Saturated Fat 18.281g91%
Trans Fat 1.058g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.493g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.407g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 436mg18%
Potassium 2378mg68%
Carbohydrates 114.51g38%
Fiber 26.2g105%
Sugar 3.51g4%
Protein 37.1g74%
Vitamin A 859IU17%
Vitamin C 68.7mg83%
Calcium 477mg48%
Iron 7.11mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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    February 18, 2023 at 12:14 am

    I was a bit stuck for something easy to whip up quickly tonight. I remembered coming across this recipe earlier and had a bit of beans left over from a day or two ago. Also had some leftover fried bacon.
    Chopped up the bacon, baked a couple of potatoes in oven. Warmed up those beans with the bacon chopped up with them. When the baked potatoes were done I topped them with some nice amount of butter and those beans. Husband loved this simple dish. I will remember this for those times when I might feel like something warm and filling but easy to make.

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      Chris Collins
      February 19, 2023 at 2:30 pm

      Mmmmm that sounds like pure bliss with the bacon! C.