Slow Cooker Pinto Beans, Hot Dogs & Peppers

100_4841aProblem:  Two hot dogs left in the refrigerator and four hungry family members to feed.

Solution:  Create a new, frugal recipe using the hot dogs as an accent for flavor.

Our grocery budget this month is VERY tight because we paid $850 for our upcoming veggie CSA that will start in June and run through October.  The CSA will save us money for sure, but this month, because we had to pay upfront, our budget is tight.

But, as they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and this meal was a hit with every one except one of my children.

Pinto Beans, Hot Dogs & Peppers

1.5 cups dry pinto beans
2 hot dogs, diced in small pieces (I used grass fed to make it healthier)
3 cups chicken broth (I used homemade to reduce costs even further)
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 onion, diced or 1 TBSP dry onion flakes
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 TBSP cumin
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt


Bring the beans to a boil for one minute in a pan, turn off heat, cover and let sit for 60 minutes.

Drain the beans

Put all ingredients including the beans in a slow cooker and stir until combined.

Cook on High for 3 to 4 hours or Low for 5 to 6 hours until pinto beans are tender.


I shared this post at The Gathering Spot, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Family Table Tuesday, Scratch Cookin’ Tuesday, Tuesday’s Table, Try a New Recipe Tuesday, Delicious Dish TuesdayHow to Tuesday, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday,


  1. Maddie says:

    Nice…frugal and nutritious.

  2. Mary Janssen says:

    Which child didn’t like it?

  3. When I was a child, I hated beans but now since I’m an adult and live in Honduras, I love beans. I think I like refried the best but beans in soup type meals are delish.
    Consider yourself hugged,

  4. Good on you! Scrimp a little now and enjoy the bounty of your CSA 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it.

    Also, if you haven’t already, I’d like to invite you to link up to my new GF & OAS Bloggers page – you don’t have to be gluten free to link up, just sometimes post GF stuff like this 🙂

  5. This looks so delicious, different from the typical hot dogs and beans. Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I hope you will be able to join us again this week. 🙂

  6. Yum! Looks tasty and love that it’s not loaded with tons of ingredients. Thank you for linking up to Delicious Dish Tuesday! We’d love to see another share this week! 🙂

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