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  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 19 reviews )


Contact 647-352-7581

160 Baldwin St Unit 1 (at Spadina Ave), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 3K7

Latin-inspired takeout food in Kensington Market. Everything vegan and made in-house including tacos, burritos, limeade. MAR 2015 REPORTED SHUT, THIS WAS LAST MONTH. OWNER MOVED ON.

Category: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out, Mexican

Reviews (19)

First Review by Ken4057

super delicious! - Edit

i usually get the nachos and they are always yummy! looking forward to trying the mac and cheese burrito next time.
i hope that same grumpy guy is still behind the counter like he has been every time i've eaten there. wouldn't be the same without his complete lack of enthusiasm. luckily the food doesn't need a sales pitch!

Pros: consistently tasty food, no small talk from counter guy

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Two must haves - Edit

Ask for a half jackfruit half black bean burrito and you won't be disappointed. The next time you go, try to land a Mac N Cheese burrito. Amazing.

Pros: cheap, filling

Cons: not a ton of options

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A solid place - Edit

Popped in to have a quick bite after browsing through Kensington Market. I ordered two tacos, one lentils one jackfruit, with a side of rice and black beans (included in price). Both had great flavors and were delicious (the habanero hot sauce is a must!), but I liked the lentils slightly better. Portion was generous and service was fast. The only thing I would pick on my food would be the untoasted tortillas; toasting them changes the whole game!

Really, everything was right except for one: the guy behind the counter (owner, staff, or?) was a little cold and didn't seem to want to be there at all... But that's alright because you won't have to interact with him too much other than placing your order. I hope he knows that the food he serves is great and is loved by so many so he'll cheer up a bit :)

Pros: great food, fast service

Cons: cold staff

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Good Eatin - Edit

Really ingenious. Nothing like this in the city. Jackfruit tacos are to die for. They changed the setien so it goes down much easier now :) Everything I've eaten I've liked or loved. The donuts are the best vegan donuts I've had from anywhere. (They are up to par with Mighty - O!) They don't have the donuts anymore but go next door to Sadie's and they have some :)
My only wish is that they offered some veggies or something. I always feel like I'm eating somewhat unhealthy meals there...
Updated from previous review on Thursday July 28, 2011

Pros: they spent time on these recipes!, great location, limeade?

Cons: I need some greens or something

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Hot Beans 31 Dec 2011 - Thanks for the kind words! Just an update though, we don't have donuts anymore.

yeah hot beans!!! - Edit

I love hot beans, so tasty. My favourite thing to get here is the tacos. FYI, you get two tacos and they don't have to be the same thing. I like to get one of the jackfruit and one lentil. I really like the jackfruit personally, but its not to everyone's taste (pretty sweet and tangy). Also, you can usually get some tasty baked goods here like Vegan butter tarts, but they are sometimes sold out.

Pros: fast, tasty

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hot burrito - Edit

Not the absolute best burrito in the city but VERY tasty, very unique and very vegan. The tvp burrito is my fav but you have to be in the mood for about 2 pounds of tvp and sauce. If you ARE in the mood, then get on it!

Pros: tasty, unique, good atmosphere

Cons: portion a little too big, slightly prickly staff

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Delicious burritos - Edit

I wish I had come here earlier, it is really good. They have a secret menu which mixes up some of the offerings, but it basically sounds like you can mix up any of the fillings to make a custom made burrito/taco/bowl. I really liked the ancho TVP (so similar to pork, omg) and peanut miso sauce in a burrito bowl. I heard the jackfruit was really good, but have yet to try it myself. I don't think they still have the donuts. Maybe they are seasonal?

I think this would be even better if there were more vegetables!

Pros: flavourful, healthy (mostly), fast

Cons: more veg, please, cash only, only open until 8:30pm

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Put Some Vegan Nachos in my Face! - Edit

Everything at Hot Beans is delicious. I appreciate that everything is made with love and care....it makes such a difference.

I return for the nachos ($9), which are loaded with cheesy, beany, guac-y goodness. They are hot, filling, and filled with flavour explosions. You will not be disappointed!

Pros: Flavourful, vegan Mexican fast food, Fast service, Good value

Cons: Very small place, best for take-away

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Great Mexican food - Edit

The food here is carefully prepared and very tasty. I had a taco that was full to bursting and some tasty chips. My husband enjoyed his food as well, although he felt it was expensive for what was essentially a sandwich, albeit with interesting ingredients. There is a small space in which you can sit and eat, but the food is really made for take-out.

Pros: Delicious, Good-sized portions

Cons: Pricey, Not much space to sit

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Best tacos and burritos - Edit

A friend of mine works here and I was visiting Toronto. Popped my head in and had a jackfruit taco and a bean burrito and they were great. Hit the spot, much better than the non-burrito place around the corner. And I'm not being bias, they are good. Ask for brad!

Pros: Value, Quality, Staff

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Fast food made with love - Edit

This is a great place situated in the heart of Kensington Market. Ordered the seitan burrito (HUGE!), black bean burrito and the tacos. Everything was phenomenal and I totally recommend this place. The staff was ultra friendly and the place super clean. We'll be back!

Pros: Very good, Fast, friendly staff

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Yummy - Edit

I found the Server to be very helpful, explained what each item on the meun was. Really awesome stuff, well cooked, nice and spicey, lovely texture and its all vegan. I love all-vegan places. No guesswork, which I really appreciate. Awesome neighbourhood too, right in Kensington market. Doesn't get any better. I'll have to try the donuts next time, I didn't notice them until I read one of the reviews for this place. I give it 5 Cows out of 5

Pros: friendly help, great neighbourhood, great tasting

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Love this place!!! - Edit

This is an EXCELLENT place to eat!!! Everything is vegan and everyone I take there has a great meal!! The nachos in particular are delicious. They give large portions (so make sure to be hungry!) and the prices are not too bad. You can either sit there and eat, or leave (it's take out). The staff is very friendly and it doesn't take long for them to make the food. I have been there about half a dozen times now, and I go everytime I am in kensington market.
Very very delicious, so try it!!

Pros: great food, vegan, friendly staff

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Delicious and quick - Edit

I love Hot Beans. The coleslaw is the best I've ever had. The tacos were pretty good, but it was the bean burrito that knocked my socks off. Delicious, filling, healthy, spicy and flavourful. I will be there often. Haven't tried the donuts yet but I will.

Pros: quick, delicious, amazing coleslaw

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Delicious! - Edit

'Bout time Toronto got it's junky food fix - Vegan Style! The burritos are huge and tasty and I would definitely recommend the creamy coleslaw on the side for the tacos. The donuts are awesome so be sure to grab one before you leave! Hot Beans rocks!

Pros: big servings, friendly staff, ALL VEGAN

Cons: late dinner = sold out donuts :(

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so disappointed - Edit

i went to hot beans with high hopes! i've had vegan food around the globe (including in portland, OR). i was not impressed with the service here (2/3 owners are unfriendly) OR the food (with the exception of the donuts which are amazing). the jackfruit tacos are not cooked right - they need to be more separated. the seitan was hard to chew -- dry and not tasty at all. the plaintain was cold and dry and also hard to chew! not fresh. the tacos fall apart instantly -- they don't stay together. the beans are way overspiced for even a spicy food fan (full of spice but no flavour). there was also a short hair on the outside of my burrito when i unwrapped it. not cool. overall, i find the food bland OR overspiced, definitely dry, expensive for what it is. [edited by staff]

Pros: vegan, yummy donuts, nice decor

Cons: mediocre, lukewarm, not open to feedback from customers

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jazzyjane 22 Feb 2013 - Well, you mentioned the salsa and I mentioned the "hot beans"... they were TOO hot - not flavourful hot, just overspiced, bland, way too spicy IMO. :)

Ken4057 22 Feb 2013 - That's a funny follow-up to the comment on spiciness in my review. Maybe you need to work your way up from ketchup more slowly. ;-)


Went here for a quick brunch, but also to see what the buzz was about their addictive donuts. My ladyfriend and I shared a seitan chorizo burrito (+guacamole) along with an espresso donut and a caramel glazed donut.

I used to be a big fan of Tim Hortons donuts growing up, and since going vegan I'll asmit that I miss it from time to time, but Hot Beans donuts are fresher, doughier, chewier, more decadent and not full of chemicals and cruelty. Hallelujah.

The burrito was filling, flavourful and had great textures from the crispiness of the pressed burrito, the smooth richness of the guacamole to the gristly chewiness of the chorizo seitan strips.

The menu is basically burritos, so not much in the way of variety, but why bother when you've got a lock on burrito magic.

My only non-positive comment would be that the spicy salsa is actually medium and there is no true spicy salsa, but if you're a wussy then you'll appreciate that. ;-)

I plan to go back many a time.

6 Happy Cows.

Pros: friendly, reasonable, donuts

Cons: none

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