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Usually, franks and beans is made by opening up a couple cans of baked beans, and heating it up with some sliced hotdogs. Not exactly something you'd serve to visiting dignitaries. However, by adding some fresh veggies, plain beans, and high-quality beef hot dogs, we can achieve something much healthier, equally delicious, and every bit as comforting. Serve with buttered toast and Champagne.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Lightly score hot dog skins from end to end on 4 sides. This helps keep them flat when they cook. Slice into 1/2-inch rounds.

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  • Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add onions, poblano pepper, celery, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until vegetables are soft and onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Stir in hot dog slices and cook until heated through and fat from hot dogs mixes with the butter, about 3 minutes. Add brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce; pour in chicken broth. Stir in beans. Raise heat to bring mixture to a simmer; reduce heat to low and cook until flavors mix, about 30 minutes. While beans are cooking, use a wooden spoon to crush some of them against the side of the pot to help thicken the stew. If mixture gets too thick, add more broth.

  • Just before serving, stir in chopped green onions.

Nutrition Facts

653.18 calories; 22.42 g protein; 49.36 g carbohydrates; 40.38 g fat; 75.42 mg cholesterol; 2057.48 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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Most helpful positive review

02/25/2017
This is now a family favorite. Quite simple to make and a very tasty and hearty meal. The only change I make is that I haven't been able to find fresh cayenne peppers at the stores I usually shop at so I substitute ground cayenne instead. Thank you for another winner Chef John.
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Most helpful critical review

01/09/2017
I don't know what i did wrong but this recipes calls for 2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper or other hot pepper so I used ONE tablespoon of red pepper flakes and the dish is unedible. I like hot food but 2 TBLS was too much. I only used 1 and no one could eat it because it was so hot. I think it might have been okay with 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes but no where near 2 tablespoons of anything that hot.
32 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 17
  • 4 Rating Star 10
  • 2 Rating Star 3
  • 1 Rating Star 1
  • 3 Rating Star 1
02/25/2017
This is now a family favorite. Quite simple to make and a very tasty and hearty meal. The only change I make is that I haven't been able to find fresh cayenne peppers at the stores I usually shop at so I substitute ground cayenne instead. Thank you for another winner Chef John.
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03/12/2016
I made no changes whatever. Used poblano pepper. Used beef franks from one of the mail order steak purveyors. Not quite Wagu but reasonably close. Beats heck out of any other franks & beans! Without the franks this would be great bean soup. With vegetable broth rather than chicken would probably be a great vegetarian bean soup. Many layers of flavor. Will make again!
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05/01/2018
The next time I will use three cans of cannellini beans and mashing the third can before adding also just two cups of chicken broth you can always add more plus cut the cayenne pepper in half
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01/09/2018
I had to make changes because I did not have fresh cayenne pepper or the peppper. I used a yellow pepper and cayenne pepper out of a jar. My family enjoyed the soup. I will make it again.
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08/07/2017
Oh my gosh this is so good. Made with dry pinto beans smoked beef kielbasa ordinary prepared mustard 2 c chicken broth. No poblano cayenne green onions. Zucchini instead of celery. No browning so no butter: just threw it all in the pot. Didn't mash the beans. Serve over brown rice for a complete protein.
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10/08/2018
I made it almost exactly as the recipe says I didn't however have any cayenne peppers so I use a little cayenne pepper spice. It was VERY good my husband loved it (he can be picky) its not hard its not time consuming but it is delicious. This is going into the rotation!
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09/20/2015
Just made it and loved it. Didn't have chicken broth so I used one cup beef broth and 1 cup water. Next time I'm going to try diced bacon in it.
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03/14/2017
Simple and delicious! I made mine without the dogs and with vegetable stock for a vegan dish and it was wonderful! This will be added to my regulars.
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11/02/2015
In lieu of poblano and cayenne I used equal amounts of green and red bell peppers...and just a dash of chili powder because I was not sure what the heat factor spice-wise of a poblano & cayenne pepper pile would be. This was easy and for me at least it was helpful to view Chef John's how-to video. Besides being entertaining the video via C.J. gives you permission to play things by ear a bit. DH liked this actually voicing (in WORDS) his approval vs. the more subtle grunt approvals or the ever uninspiring "I ate it didn't I?" compliments.
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