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Beanie Weenie Casserole

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Beanie Weenie Casserole transforms the timeless classic comfort food into a hearty casserole. Tender hot dogs mixed with smoky beans and topped with a crispy tater tot topping makes for a budget friendly dish the whole family will love.

fork full of beanie weenie casserole close up

Ever heard of Beanie Weenies? They’re a blast from the past that remind me of my younger days.

In this case, “Beanie Weenie” is all about a can of baked beans mixed with sliced hot dogs. It’s just the special name Van Camps gives to their unique product.

So, if you can’t find Beanie Weenies in the store, don’t worry. A can of pork and beans will do just fine. You could also pick up hot dogs and baked beans separately and make it work that way.

Beanie Weenie Casserole Recipe

A hot dogs and beans casserole is a dish that’ll bring back a wave of fun childhood memories.

And hey, no need to stress. This is an amazing meal that can be a side dish or the main event, and I bet it’ll become a beloved dinner recipe for your family.

It’s also a fantastic way to use up any extra hot dogs you’ve got in your kitchen and whip up a quick meal on a busy weeknight.

If you’re a fan of tater tots, you’re going to love my Tater Tot Cowboy Casserole, Cracked Out Chicken Tater Tot Casserole, and my Philly Cheese Steak Tater Tot Casserole!

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ingredients for a beanie weenie casserole

Ingredients Needed

  • Hot dogs – Use your favorite kind of hot dogs.
  • Baked beans – I like the smoky Grillin’ beans but use your favorite. You can also use pork and beans.
  • Tater tots – Regular frozen tots work or substitute shredded hashbrown potatoes if needed.
  • Cheddar cheese – A sharp cheddar is great but use your favorite.
  • Mustard – Good old fashioned yellow mustard works best.
  • Barbecue sauce – Use your favorite!

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How to Make Beanie Weenie Casserole

  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the hot dogs for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Remove and set aside. Slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Add the onions to the skillet and cook 2-3 minutes or until they start to soften.
  1. Heat oven to 425F. Pour the baked beans, bbq sauce, and yellow mustard into a 9×13 inch prepared baking dish. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  2. Sprinkle in the bite sized pieces of hot dogs and cooked onions. Stir to combine with the beans.
  1. Layer tater tots on top of the casserole. Sprinkle it with the shredded cheese.
  2. Bake for 30 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the tots are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

beanie weenie casserole fresh out of the oven

Serving Suggestions

If you are serving beanie weenie casserole as a main courses, then you might need some ideas for sides.

In this case, I recommend side dishes on the lighter side, since the casserole itself is quite filling.

A great side dish for this meal is a crunchy and cool coleslaw, or green salad. Want more vegetables? Try it with some roasted broccoli or Arkansas green beans.

How long does it last?

Store any leftover casserole you have in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat in the oven or in a large nonstick skillet until heated through.

side dish plate full of beanie weenie casserole

Can I freeze it?

Make this ahead of time and freeze for later. If wrapped tightly, you can freeze it for up to 3 months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the oven at 350F until heated through.

What is a beanie weenie?

Classic franks and beans, a convenient canned meal, goes way back to the Civil War when it was used as a ration.

Van Camps didn’t necessarily invent franks and beans, but they sure made it popular.

Hot dogs are a great way to feed a family on a budget. But if you happen to get some ground beef on sale, or buy it in bulk, try my Big Mac casserole and my Sloppy Joe casserole.

These ground beef casserole recipes are also easy on the wallet and the kids love them!

beanie weenie casserole on a spatula

Tips for the Best Casseroles

  • If you don’t happen to have tater tots you can use frozen shredded potatoes.
  • Want to have a cornbread topping? Make the corn bread mix according to package directions and pour over the top. Bake as usual.
  • Try different hot dogs or sausages. Be sure to cut into bite size pieces.
  • If you like a little sweetness in it, try a tablespoon of maple syrup or light-brown sugar.
  • Want it spicier? Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce, extra dry mustard, or chili powder.
  • Check your cheese topping to make sure it is melted and a little browned but don’t let it burn!
  • Let it cool briefly before bringing it to serve if you plan on serving from the casserole dish at the table.
  • Great as leftovers on the next day just like these Dutch Oven Carnitas I make too.

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beanie weenie casserole collage

A Beanie Weenie Casserole is super easy to make, budget friendly, and never fails to taste great. Save yourself some time, change those hungry looks into smiling faces quickly, and enjoy this classic casserole dish for dinner tonight or busy weeknights.

layers of tater tot topping for beanie weenie casserole

Beanie Weenie Casserole

Beanie Weenie casserole uses franks and beans with tater tots to create a savory casserole topped with melted cheese.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Pork
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 446kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart

Ingredients

  • 6 hot dogs sliced in half lengthwise
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • 28 ounces baked beans drained
  • ¼ cup bbq sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 32 ounces frozen tater tots
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the hot dogs for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Remove and set aside. Add the onions to the skillet and cook 2-3 minutes or until they start to soften.
  • Slice the hot dogs into ½ inch pieces. Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Pour the baked beans, bbq sauce, and yellow mustard into a 9×13 casserole dish. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  • Sprinkle in the sliced hot dogs and cooked onions. Stir to combine with the beans.
  • Top with tater tots. Sprinkle it with the shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the tots are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you don't happen to have tater tots you can use frozen shredded potatoes.
  • Want to have a cornbread topping? Make the corn bread mix according to package directions and pour over the top. Bake as usual.
  • Try different hot dogs or sausages. Be sure to cur into bite size pieces.
  • If you like a little sweetness in it, try a tablespoon of maple syrup or light-brown sugar.
  • Want it spicier? Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce, extra dry mustard, or chili powder.
  • Check your cheese topping to make sure it is melted and a little browned but don't let it burn!
  • Let it cool briefly before bringing it to serve if you plan on serving from the casserole dish at the table.
  • Great as leftovers on the next day.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 1119mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g

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Recipe Rating




Erin

Thursday 1st of September 2022

This casserole is a blast from the past in the BEST way possible. It tastes amazing, is easy to make and our kids LOVED it.

Debi

Monday 29th of August 2022

My mom used to make beenie weenies all the time & I loved them! I love your casserole version with all that cheese and those tater tots. Perfect comfort food.

Kathleen

Sunday 28th of August 2022

My boys are coming home for fall break and I've printed this to make for them, they are going to LOVE IT. I might have to try it ahead of time to "test" it, since it totally reminds me of my childhood.

Jules

Sunday 28th of August 2022

I grew up eating beenie weenies but never like this! We loved this casserole.