Red beans and rice- Hot dog double agent

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This red beans and rice recipe uses one of my stockpile double agents, hot dogs, to its fullest potential.

The best part? No one will know that there are hot dogs in this recipe once you are done!

I found a recipe online for red beans and rice, Popeye’s chicken-style (my favorite fried chicken franchise), and I just had to adapt it for my family.

They included ham hocks and lard in their recipe, but I racked my brain to figure out another way to do create the recipe without those items. I finally put this recipe together, tested it last night, and ooh boy was it good!

Red Beans And Rice – Made With Hot Dogs

3 Cans Red Beans(or light kidney beans) 15.5-16 0Z ( 2 cans with liquid 1 can drained )
3 to 4 hot dogs
1 1/4 C. Water
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
1/4 tsp Red Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt or To Taste(probably will need more than this)
1/4 C. vegetable shortening
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
liquid smoke(optional)
4 C. Premium Long Grain Rice Cooked and Drained

Put 2 cans(not drained) of beans in a 2 quart pot and add cut up hot dogs and water.

Bring to a boil, cover, and then let simmer for 1 hour.

We had some leftover turkey bacon in our fridge, so I brown that off at the bottom of the pot, removed the bacon (will be used for breakfast) and then put in the ingredients. I wanted a smoky flavor in the beans, so I “used” the bacon to achieve that.

You can put a few drops of liquid smoke in your pot, if you have any. Otherwise, you don’t really need it. The hot dogs will give enough flavor.

After the hour is up, turn off heat, take off cover and let sit for about 5 minutes to cool slightly.
Put the meat and bean mixture in your food processor or blender (I used our blender).

Add the rest of the ingredients (except the third can of beans) into the blender and blend for about 15 to 20 seconds. As long as the extra ingredients aren’t still resting on top of the bean mixture, you’re fine.
Pour the blended mixture back into the pot and add the third, drained, can of red beans.

Turn heat back on to low and stir mixture repeatedly until you are ready to serve. Taste for seasoning (I ended up adding another teaspoon of salt and pepper) and then serve over white or brown rice.

This was hubby’s bowl. The picture doesn’t do it justice but Hubby’s reaction sure did. I conveniently forgot that he HATES beans and rice and made this anyway.

He took a look at it, ate half of the bowl in silence, put it down in the table, sat back, sighed, and said “you know, I’ve never really liked beans and rice…”

To which I replied, “oh? Did you like this one?”
“Uh, yeah!”
“Oh, thats good. Do you want to know what’s in it?”
I giggled, “are you sure?”
“Well, you’re going to tell me anyway, so it doesn’t matter.”
I proceeded to tell him what the “secret ingredient” was and he immediately understood why he loved it so much. So, i’m 2 for 2 on the hop-dog recipes.

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  1. 7.29.08
    Precious said:

    YUM! I received a Full Size Free Sample in the mail yesterday of Uncle Ben’s new Cajun Ready Rice. I was wondering if I could cut up hotdogs and put it in it. After seeing this recipe, I know anything is possible. Thanks!

  2. 7.29.08
    Amiyrah said:


    I got that sample too! Putting cut up hot dogs in it sounds like a really good idea. too bad it was only one sample….that’s not even enough for hubby to eat as a snack lol.

  3. 7.30.08
    Sonia said:

    My husband doesnt like rice or beans, wonder what he would think

  4. 7.30.08
    Amiyrah said:

    sonia, I wonder too. Do you think you can get away with giving it to him just to see? Since I “forgot” that hubby didn’t like rice and beans, he knew that he had to eat it. There wasn’t any other dinner made. I just love that he tries my concoctions even if he usually doesn’t like it. He took this meal into work for lunch 2 days in a row because he liked it so much! Let me know if you try it and what your hubby’s reaction was :o)

  5. 8.16.10
    Tiffany said:

    Can you taste the hotdogs? I LOVE red beans and rice but I really dont like the taste of hotdogs lol….but this seems like a nice budget friendly recipe 🙂

  6. 8.18.10
    Amiyrah said:

    Nope Tiffany, you sure can’t! The hot dogs give it a certain taste that makes it taste just like red beans and rice, but it doesn’t taste like chopped up hot dogs and rice, if you get what i’m saying lol. I sometimes get so tired of hot dogs and this is the recipe I turn to when we have tons of packs in the freezer but I don’t want to just make hot dogs and fries. I hope you end up trying it!

  7. 6.14.20
    Brandon said:

    Oh hey! This is exactly what I was looking for! All these leftover hotdogs and the weather’s going bad so no more cookouts and we have hankering for red beans and rice. This is tomorrow night’s dinner, thanks Amiyrah!

    • 6.16.20
      Amiyrah said:

      I’m so glad this recipe was helpful, Brandon. It may not be the best looking, but it is SO GOOD.