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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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 calories; protein 22.4g 45% DV; carbohydrates 49.4g 16% DV; fat 40.4g 62% DV; cholesterol 75.4mg 25% DV; sodium 2057.5mg 82% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2017
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/26/2017
Made exactly as stated. Didn't like won't make again. It wasn't inedible which is why it gets 2 stars. Read More
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57 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2017
Hubby gave this a “10” on a scale of 1-10. He loved it and his favorite food is hot dogs. Easy, simple to put together, forgiving of adaptation and tasty. I made a couple of changes based on what I had available and food allergies. I used natural uncured turkey hot dogs, omitted the poblano and brown sugar, used chili sauce for ketchup, and regular yellow mustard for Dijon. This is a definite make again and will probably make it to the regular rotation. Anyone will like this that likes simple fare, hot dogs, soup, limited ingredients or a quick meal. Thanks for submitting. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/08/2015
Billionaires Franks & Beans Haiku: "I felt like a dork for thinking this to be good. Good but not great." I really didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did (I was really making it for the kiddos) but it turns out the big kiddo (DH) and baby (14mo) loved this best while me and the in between kiddo (8yo) and her friends weren't blown away. I used Boars Head hot dogs (figured if the main protein "star" of the dish was hot dog then I'd better use a good quality one!) and the only sub that I had to make was a bell and a cubanelle for the poblano. I liked that mashing some of the beans along the edge of the pot made it thicken up even more so that it was nice and goopy and just right for scooping onto pieces of toast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/26/2017
Made exactly as stated. Didn't like won't make again. It wasn't inedible which is why it gets 2 stars. Read More
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