Franks and Beans, beanie weenies, franks and beans, no matter what you call this dish, it brings back fond memories of childhood for almost all of us.
Franks and Beans are a homemade beanie weenies recipe made with real beef hot dogs and less sugar than the canned version. A quick and easy lunch or a classic camping food, it is sure to please!
When I was growing up, we went camping as a family every summer. Popping popcorn over the open fire, roasting marshmallows for s’mores, and making franks and beans were always classic camping food staples for us. You just can’t beat those camping classics!
This franks and beans recipe is still one of my favorites. There’s just something nostalgic about using a cast iron skillet over an open fire to prepare a simple childhood classic.
Of course, we make this at home, too, and it is just as delicious on the stove! If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend investing in a cast iron skillet. I use it for so many recipes, including this one.
This specific franks and beans recipe calls for four strips of cooked bacon. The salty crispness of the bacon pairs really nicely with the sweet brown sugar. Plus, it adds a nice crunch to an otherwise soft textured dish. It’s one of those flavor combinations that can’t be beat.
Before everyone leaves comments about the amount of sugar in this dish, I am very aware. And even though this homemade beanie weenies has a lot of sugar, the canned version has even more.
I am by no means calling it healthy, but I do use less sugar. But I am a glass-half-full type of person, so I am going to focus on the positive. So less sugar, protein from real beef hot dogs and lots of fiber from those beans!
If you need something to cut some of the sweetness, you can pair these beanie weenies with a leafy green salad and you’ve got yourself a meal! Also, if you don’t care for all-beef hot dogs, you can certainly use tofu or pork instead. There are so many different options to really make this meal your own.
Because you liked this Franks and Beans recipe, you are going to love these other camping recipes:
- Monster Trail Mix
- S’mores with Salted Caramel Sauce
- Salted Caramel and Bacon Popcorn
- No Bake Snack Recipes
Tools for making Franks and Beans recipe:
Cast Iron Skillet– Yes they are heavy, yes they take a little extra TLC. Are using cast iron pans worth it? YES!!! Just buy one and you’ll thank me later! I have both pre-seasoned and unseasoned. I like them both for different reasons.
Watch our Franks and Beans Video (or Beanie Weenies Video – ha! )
- 4 hot dogs , sliced
- 30 ounces great Northern beans , rinsed and drained
- 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 bacon strips , cooked and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- Heat a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium heat.
- Add cut hot dogs, stirring until browned.
- Add great Northern beans, spicy mustard, ketchup, molasses, salt, bacon and brown sugar. Continue to heat and stir until all ingredients have combined and sugar has fully dissolved.
- Serve hot.