Refried Bean and Sweet Potato Pasties

This was chosen as our favourite "Freeze-Ahead Recipe" from our cookery challenge entries. The author, Helen W, said of her recipe “I make up batches of these pasties for my son, who is vegan, and he loves them!”

  • Makes 10

  • Preparation 10 mins

  • Cooking 50 mins

Cooking time will be shorter by about 20 minutes if microwaving the sweet potato on step 2.

Refried Bean and Sweet Potato Pasties New Recipe
  • Dairy-Free

  • Egg-Free

  • Nut-Free

  • Suitable for Freezing

  • Vegan


For the pasties
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 small can refried beans
  • 400g sweet potato
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 500g ready-made vegan puff pastry
  • 2 tbsp soya flour mixed with 4 tbsp soya milk or water, for brushing
To serve
  • A small pot of hot chilli sauce
  • Handful mixed rocket, watercress and spinach leaves
  • A couple of cherry tomatoes on the vine


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C / gas mark 6.
  2. Start by cooking the sweet potato. You can roast this is the oven for 30 minutes or quickly microwave for 5-10 minutes. Make sure to prick the skin before cooking. Cook until it is soft enough to be mashed, but not too soggy. Set aside.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a small frying pan. Gently fry the onion until soft.
  4. Add the refried beans, herbs, chilli and tomato puree to the onion and heat through briefly for about a minute.
  5. Lightly break down the cooked sweet potato with a fork, add to the pan and mix thoroughly. Leave to cool slightly.
  6. Roll the pastry out approximately 3mm thick and cut into circles 12cm in diameter with a pastry cutter. Put a good heaped tablespoon of the mixture on the pastry. You can freeze the pasties uncooked at this point.
  7. Brush the pastry with soya mixture then fold over. Press the edges down and brush the top with the soya or water.
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the tops of the pasties have started to brown.

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