RecipeSkillet Franks and Beans

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 260
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Total Fat: 13 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 13 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 24 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6 g
  • Total Sugar: 6 g
    • Natural Sugar: 6 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 950 mg

I’ve remade this childhood favorite so it’s filled with pure goodness—it’s thick and saucy, sweet and tangy, and it totally hits the spot. I use pre-cooked poultry sausage, but you can also opt for all-beef, turkey or chicken franks. What’s not to love? It requires one skillet and just a few simple ingredients. My crew thinks it’s sweet enough, but if you’d like to sweeten it a little more after taste tasting the finished product, add a tablespoon or two of molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey—or even ketchup. It’s like a delicious stroll down memory lane.

  • Prep time
  • Total Time
This recipe makes about 6 cups

• 1 yellow onion, finely diced (about 1½ cups)
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
• 1 package (12 ounces) poultry hot dogs or pre-cooked sausage (I love using smoked chicken-apple sausage), sliced into ¼-inch discs
• 2 cans Northern beans, rinsed and drained
• 16 ounces can no-salt-added tomato sauce
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• ¼ teaspoon dry mustard (or 1 teaspoon prepared mustard)
• ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
• ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


Liberally coat a large, wide skillet (or medium to large pot) with oil spray and warm over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and ¼ teaspoon salt, and sauté until soft and lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the sliced hot dogs or sausages to the pan, mist with additional oil spray, and sear the sides against the hot surface of the pan until they become slightly caramelized and browned, about 2 minutes.

Add the beans, tomato sauce, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, paprika, remaining ¾ teaspoon salt and pepper. Bring to a gentle boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until everything is piping hot and the sauce has thickened a bit.

A serving is ~1 cup.

Try my Sausage in “Sweet Potato Buns.”