Beanies and Weanies - Red Beans and Hot Dogs

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Some Beanies, some Weanies. 

Soft tender kidney beans in a flavorful tomato based sauce, sprinkled with succulent  bits of pork bites that fall apart effortlessly in your mouth. Oh! And there’s hotdogs too! Try out this recipe, and don’t let the time fool you, it is effortless and you’ll have plenty of time between stirs to finish full episodes of [insert your favorite 30 minute tv show]

It’s amazing how cutting a hotdog diagonally can completely elevate the look of such a basic meal. If you have the time for the recipe, I really recommend making it. It’s great as a meal prep along with our BBQ Spare Ribs, because they both take about 3 hours to make. While one is on the stove, the other bakes away in the oven. 

Most of the time is a waiting game, so you can take the time to make rice, mashed potatoes, veggies, heck you can even make bread while you let the pot simmer away. While this batch simmered away, I tested a few batches of corn bread and cranberry sauce so it’s really convenient to make as you can use the down time to cook other things or just work on other projects! *cough* or binge on Netflix.

I have to say that the number of servings really depends on how large your servings are. I serve roughly half a cup per meal for my self, and about a cup for my husband. We’ve had three meals together and we’re almost half ways done with the batch.

Beanies and Weanies - Red Beans and Hot Dogs


  • Medium/Large Pan
  • 6 Quart Pot
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board


  • 1 lb Red Kidney Beans
  • 6 Cups Water
  • 6 oz Pork (Optional)
  • 16 oz Beef Hotdog sliced
  • 1 tspn Salt
  • 1/2 tspn Pepper
  • 1/2 Large Onion (1 1/2 Cup)
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper (1/2 Cup)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (1 Cup)
  • 6 cloves garlic minced (1 1/2 Tbspn)
  • 1 Large Tomato (2 cups)
  • 3 Tbspn Tomato Paste


Total Time: 3 Hours 10 Minutes

Servings: 12.

  1. Soak red beans over night in a container of water. Ensure there are at least two inches of water covering beans. Drain.
  2. In a large pot, add the red beans and enough water to cover by at least 2 inches. Set the water to boil and then reduce the heat until simmering.
  3. In the meantime, heat a large pan to medium heat and add diced fatty pork* and sliced hotdogs. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned. Remove from heat and add to the pot of beans.
  4. In the same pan, add diced onion, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper. Cook until onions are translucent.
  5. Add minced garlic, diced tomato and tomato paste. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until garlic is fragrant.
  6. Add sautéed ingredients to the pot. Water level should be about an inch away from the top of the pot to prevent spills. Allow it to simmer covered for about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Stirring every 30 minutes or so to ensure the beans don’t stick to the bottom.
  7. Remove the lid and simmer for 30 - 45 minutes until the liquids reduce and thicken.

Notes, Tips and Ideas!

  • We had beef hotdogs in hand, but you can definitely replace it with chicken dogs, or for added flavor sausages.

Some Ideas to change it up.

  • Add Picadillo to make Chili

  • Chili Cheese Fries

  • Corn Casserole Side