Oh, Beanee Weenee. Every kid I know remembers growing up with these, whether they were served at home, or in the cafeteria at school. Those sweet and smoky beans, that brown gravy, and the little cut-up hot dogs? Takes me back, man. I know it's nothing special, just beans and franks ("How'd you get the beans above the frank?"), but OH THE NOSTALGIC FEELS.
I had a "trashy foods" craving a few weeks ago, and, in the middle of Winn-Dixie, decided to buy a can of both Beanee Weenee and Spaghetti-O's. SO MUCH DISAPPOINT. The Spaghetti-Os, previously owned by Franco-American and bought out by Campbell's, were AWFUL. The "sauce" was runny, tinny and had a distinctly chemical flavor. The meatballs were chewy and gristly and just all-around horrible. These were NOT the Spaghetti-Os of my childhood. The Beanee Weenee, though? Not bad at all. A little sweeter than I remember, and the can sure was tiny, but still every bit as good as I remember. And DEFINITELY better than those infernal Spaghetti-NOs (typo and it stays).
Of course, somehow I felt a little trashy actually BUYING the Beanee Weenee, especially being a grown-ass adult with no child in the shopping cart. So, I decided to try my hand and making my own. After consulting a few online recipes and going through some trial and error, I came up with a homemade version. It does take a LITTLE longer to prepare then the canned version, but not MUCH longer! Plus, the taste is worth it!
1/4 cup diced onion
1 14oz can pork & beans
1 14oz can baked beans
1 package hot dogs, sliced into rounds
2/3 cup tomato ketchup
1 Tbsp yellow mustard
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Saute the onion in a large skillet until tender. Add the beans, hot dogs, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and cinnamon. Stir to combine, then bring to a boil.