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How to Make Easy Beanie Weenies From Scratch

How to Make Easy Beanie Weenies From Scratch

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This is a simple childhood favorite that is great for those camping adventures or when you wish you were out camping: Classic Beanie Weenies. If you’re looking for something a little heartier than baked beans this is an easy fix!

Easy Beanine Weenies

Often served at potlucks or church picnics, Beanie Weenies, also called Franks ‘n Beans, is a dish that can be a main course or a side dish. I usually make it a meal like I do with my Calico Beans recipe.

For today’s recipe, I’m going to share with you my homemade version of these classic snacks. Yes. you can buy these in a can, but they are nowhere near as yummy as when they’re homemade. It is super easy if you’re using something like Bush’s Baked beans — you can just slice up some hot dogs and add them to it, heat and serve.

Beenie Weenie Origin

Baked beans are some of the earliest canned convenience foods in America and date back to the civil war. It was common to add salt pork to the bean mixture and eventually the pork was replaced with sliced hotdog coins.

The inventor of the combination of hot dogs with baked beans is unknown. Van Camp owns the name Beanee Weenee and sells a canned version of the dish. Other brands are sold under alternative names such as Franks & Beans.

Beenie weenies nutrition

A lot of people are concerned about what beanie weenie (Beanie Weenies) are made with and how many calories they have. Let’s be honest here, we are basically making a beenie weenies casserole that has hot dogs as the main ingredient. Nutrition isn’t really a serious question.

Beanie weenies are typically made with canned baked beans, hot dogs, onions, chili powder, or ketchup; mustard can also be added to beanie weenies if desired. Beans will vary in their exact ingredients but some of the more common bean products include red kidney beans, northern beans, pinto beans, and black eye peas.

The bean types that you buy will determine how your beanie weenies taste! I always use Bush’s Baked Beans because they are my favorite! Adding other vegetables such as carrots adds nutritional value as well…but detracts from the “purity” of the dish.

Ha – purity from canned comfort food.

How can you make it healthier?

Eating beanie weenies can be a great choice if you are looking to get rid of the grains from your daily diet. The beans in this recipe, specifically baked beans, tend to be very naturally high in fiber and protein when compared with other canned foods.

Let’s look at the hotdog aspect. You could get all-beef hotdogs. Turkey dogs. Veggie dogs. low-sodium dog. You could use half the amount of hot dogs I suggest in the recipe. There are many different ways that you could tweak this part of the recipe to make it a little healthier.

What is in hotdogs?

Hotdogs are usually a combination of several parts of meat, such as beef and pork. They also contain spices, cereals, and additives. The most common additives that you should be aware of are sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate. These chemicals are used to preserve the hotdog’s pink color and kill bacteria in the meat. The additives may cause some concerns when consumed on a regular basis. For example, it may be linked to cancer or an increased risk for stomach cancer.

It is possible to make beanie weenies a healthier option by avoiding these ingredients. However, beanie weenies never have been healthy choices, and the key to any healthy diet is moderation.

Good hotdogs are a must. The bean part of beanie weenies is meant to be a subtle flavor that should melt in your mouth without overpowering the hotdog flavor with its beaniness.

Classic Beanie Weenies

Beenie Weenies recipe

Here is our go-to recipe. I will tell you that it is so easy that even the kids can do it! Getting kids into the kitchen and cooking can teach them so much!

Basic beanie weenies ingredients:

  • 2 (28 oz) can baked beans, drained or Bush’s Baked Beans
  • 1 package hot dogs, sliced into coins
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP Molasses
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder

The instructions for beanie weenies are simple – in a skillet over medium heat cook the hotdogs until warmed through and slightly browned at the edges. Stir often to avoid burning. Blend in the other ingredients and heat through.

Beenie weenies baked

This is where you would transfer the mixture to a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Beenie weenies crockpot

Instead of cooking on the stove, or roasting in the oven, add all ingredients to your crockpot and let it cook on low for 4 hours. The flavors will get more intense because everything has had time so the flavors could “marry each other” better.

Beenie weenies leftovers

Leftovers freeze very well. You can even save them for lunches, or make a beanie weenies casserole that is great to serve when you are watching movies and want something simple and filling. Store beanie weenies in your fridge for up to 1 week or in your freezer for up to 3 months (if it lasts that long!).

Other recipes you may find tasty if you like our beanie weenies!

Yield: 5 - 6 servings

How To Make Easy Beanie Weenies From Scratch

Easy Beanine Weenies

If you’re looking for something a little heartier than baked beans this is an easy fix!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (28 oz) can baked beans, drained or Bush’s Baked Beans
  • 1 package hot dogs, sliced into coins
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Molasses
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder

Instructions

The instructions for beanie weenies are simple – in a skillet over medium heat cook the hotdogs until warmed through and slightly browned at the edges. Stir often to avoid burning. Blend in the other ingredients and heat through.

Baked Beanie Weenies:

Transfer the mixture to a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Crockpot:

Add all ingredients to your crockpot and let it cook on low for 4 hours.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 1118mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 4gSugar: 29gProtein: 13g

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