If you also have a little one running around the house, you’re going to love this easy recipe for Beanie Weenies! And don’t worry, it’s so delicious that kids and grown-ups love this dish just the same. Grab a bowl of this childhood favorite meal and fall in love with it all over again!

A serving of beanie weenies is in a small white bowl with a slice of bread on the side.

Beanie Weenies

When you’re catering towards a picky eater, there are only so many options. Luckily, this tried and true beanie weenies recipe (also known as franks and beans) has gotten me through even the toughest of times with my little picky eater! This easy recipe is more than just kid-approved – it’s kid-obsessed. Just be careful, because as soon as your little one has a bowl of this stuff, it’s all they’re going to ask for for dinner.

I’d be lying if I said I only made this for kids. Honestly, even with a name like beanie weenies, this meal satisfies everyone, even adults! Sliced and browned hot dogs are stirred into baked beans that are mixed with several mouthwatering seasonings. It’s a pretty satisfying meal for people between the ages of 5 to 95! It’s sweet, savory, hearty, and classic. Truly, this is a hard dish to only have one serving of.

There’s something about this dish that makes me want to go camping. Sitting around the campfire with the family, eating beanie weenies and getting all cozy just sounds like heaven to me! This is a truly comforting dinner that comes together in just a few minutes and will make everyone at the table feel nice and warm. Make this easy weeknight dinner tonight to treat the whole family!

A wooden spoon is placed in the middle of a skillet filled with hot dogs and beans.

How to Make It

Brown. Add the hot dogs to a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.

Stir. Stir in the baked beans, brown sugar, mustard and garlic powder.

Simmer. Bring to a boil and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Serve. Serve with toast points or bread for dipping.

A large skillet contains cooked beanie weenies.

How long will beanie weenies stay fresh?

In an airtight container in the fridge, beanie weenies will stay fresh for up to 2 days. This is a GREAT dish to make in advance! Sometimes, I make a big batch just to have for dinner and use the leftovers for lunches the next 2 days.

To reheat beanie weenies, I love using the stovetop and stirring every few moments until everything it heated through evenly. However, if you have a smaller portion that you’re reheating, the microwave will work just fine.

Of course, if you’re camping (like I wish I was), you could just toss individual servings into thermoses and call it a day! I feel like this dish was just meant to be reheated in a little pot over a fire in the woods.

What kind of hot dogs should I use?

I just use whatever hot dogs look best to me in the aisle, honestly! While I use just your average hot dog, there are plenty of other good options out there.

You could use turkey dogs, plant-based vegan dogs, or something fun like a cheese filled dog! If it looks good to you, go for it. This is a versatile recipe that can change to meet your needs!

A piece of toast is in a small bowl filled with beans next to a large pot.

How can I dress up beanie weenies?

I get it, this is a pretty simple dish – but I like it that way! However, there are plenty of other tasty ingredients that you can toss into beanie weenies to make them even more delicious.

Here are just a few:

  • Chopped white onions
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Jalapeños
  • Hot sauce
  • Bacon
  • Liquid smoke
A small white bowl contains a portion of beanie weenies and two small pieces of toast.

Have any extra hot dogs laying around after making beanie weenies? Put them to good use with one of these easy, delicious recipes. Your family will thank you!

A serving of beanie weenies is in a small white bowl with a slice of bread on the side.

Get the Recipe: Beanie Weenies

Quick and easy Beanie Weenies, franks and beans, is the one skillet meal the whole family will love. Kicking it old school never tasted so good!
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce package hot dogs , cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 28 ounce can baked beans with pork
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Equipment

  • skillet

Instructions 

  • Add the hot dogs to a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  • Stir in the baked beans, brown sugar, mustard and garlic powder.
  • Bring to a boil and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve with toast points or bread for dipping.

Notes

Also known as Franks and Beans, Beanie Weenies can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Store in an airtight container and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through.
Calories: 29kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 61mg, Potassium: 28mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg