Beanie Weenies (Beans & Franks)

Mike tried this recipe on November 21, 2021

I know what you’re thinking… “What’s so special about this? I had ‘Beanie Weenies’ all the time when I was a kid.” Well, I did too. Sometimes, you just want to have a little something that reminds you of when times were a little simpler, and the worries of the world were left on your doorstep when you came in for supper.

There are many different ways you can change this recipe to suit your tastes (unlike the canned stuff you can buy in the grocery store). Check the notes at the bottom of the recipe card for suggestions. Any way you make it, I hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane… and maybe make some new memories for your family.

Adapted from Love and Dishes

Beanie Weenies (Beans & Franks)

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 6
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


A classic dish from everyone's childhood, ready to bring back good memories and make new ones.

Adapted from Love and Dishes



  1. In a medium skillet heat oil on medium-high heat. While heating, cut the hot dogs into 1/4-inch thick disks.

  2. Add onion and hot dogs to skillet and cook for about 5 minutes or until hot dogs begin to brown and onion turns translucent. Add garlic and cook one additional minute.

  3. Add beans, molasses, ketchup, mustard, cayenne pepper, and vinegar. Stir to combine.

  4. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check taste and season with salt and pepper if desired before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 492kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 1426mg60%
Potassium 868mg25%
Total Carbohydrate 48g16%
Dietary Fiber 8g32%
Sugars 23g
Protein 16g32%

Calcium 8 mg
Iron 22 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Substitutions:
    • Brown sugar, maple syrup, or grape jelly may be substituted one-for-one with the molasses
    • 2 teaspoons of onion powder may be substituted for the diced onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder may be substituted for the minced garlic
  • Add-ins:
    • Chopped bacon
  • For a spicier dish, increase the amount of cayenne pepper
Keywords: beans, frankfurters, weenies, memories, nostalgia
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