If you’re eating from the pantry (as many of us are right now!) or you’re just looking for a frugal meal for your family, we’ve found this Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Hot Dog & Pepper meal to fit the bill.  I originally created it because I had two leftover hot dogs to use up, and I wanted to stretch them into a meal instead of just having two people eat them.
Slow Cooker Pinto Bean, Hot Dog & Pepper Meal

A Pantry-Friendly Recipe

However, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to hunker down and try to use the food in the house rather than going out to eat or going to the grocery store, this recipe is perfect.  It uses a few basic ingredients yet feeds a family of four a complete meal.

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Hot Dogs & Peppers

Substitutions and Additions

If you wanted to make it more filling, you could serve it over rice.

Also, if you don’t have red or green peppers in the house, feel free to substitute a frozen vegetable or another vegetable that you have in the house.  I imagine frozen mixed vegetables or corn would also be good in this recipe.

We don’t like spicy food, but if you do, feel free to add red pepper flakes, chili pepper, and other spicy additions.

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Hot Dogs Peppers Recipe

Gluten Free, Dairy Free

If you’re gluten free and dairy free, this recipe is perfect for you.  (Just make sure the hot dogs don’t contain gluten.)  Gluten free and dairy free foods can often be expensive, but not when you find recipes like this one that are naturally free of many allergens.

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Hot Dogs & Peppers Recipe

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Hot Dogs and Peppers

This recipe is super simple, and it requires very little from you in the way of ingredients or time spent in the kitchen cooking.  (Don’t you just love recipes like that!)

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Hot Dogs Peppers Recipe

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Hot Dogs & Peppers Recipe

Stretch your pantry goods with this simple but filling meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1.5 cups dry pinto beans (or 2 cans pinto beans)
  • 3 hot dogs diced in small pieces
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 onion (or 1 TBSP dry onion flakes) diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Add the beans and water (cover the beans with at least 2 inches of water), and bring the beans to a boil for one minute.
  • Turn off the heat, cover, and let sit for 60 minutes.
  • Drain the beans.
  • Put all the 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. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans Hot Dogs & Peppers is a simple but filling meal that your kids will probably enjoy.  (Mine did!)  After all, what kid doesn’t like hot dogs?

More Pantry-Friendly Recipes

Interested in another frugal, pantry-friendly recipe?  Gluten Free Dairy Free Cheeseburger Soup is one of our favorites.  (If you don’t have to be gluten free or dairy free, just substitute real cheese and milk.  This recipe is also a hit with the kids!)

Gluten Free Dairy Free Cheeseburger Soup



I shared this post at Tuesday’s Table, Try a New Recipe Tuesday

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