Real Life Paleo

Not Beanie Weenies

It’s MARCH! That means Eat Like a Dinosaur is just around the corner! In honor of our book’s release, we are the Featured Chef this month over at US Wellness Meats. We’ll be sharing a brand new recipe every week this month featuring products from the preeminent online pastured meat distributor. We’ve tried a BUNCH of US Wellness Meat items and can tell you two things: (1) We’ve never been disappointed (2) Their customer service is phenomenal!

Beanie Weenies from Real Life Paleo by Paleo Parents

Growing up and even into the boys’ early years, an easy meal used to be “beanie weenies.” You know what that is, right? You cut up some hotdogs, you throw in some canned Boston baked beans, you heat it until lukewarm and serve. Honestly, it would be hard to find a more factory processed meal this side of spam. We haven’t made beanie weenies for that reason (and the fact that we don’t eat beans, of course). But it was fast. And easy. And the boys loved it.

So… With the assist of US Wellness Meats and their fantastic sugar free uncured grass-fed hotdogs, we’re bringing it back! This time, instead of beans, we’ve made a sweet potato and tomato sauce. It may sound a little odd, but we assure you it is delicious!


Not Beanie Weenies



  1. In a large saucepan, melt lard over medium-high heat
  2. * Add onions and sweet potato and saute for 5 minutes
  3. * Add spices and stir for 1 minute
  4. * Add tomato paste and stir for three minutes
  5. * Pour in tomatoes (with juices) and reduce heat to medium low
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes until "bean" sauce thickens and sweet potatoes are tender
  7. If your sauce gets too thick before the sweet potatoes are cooked through, add 1/4 cup of water at a time until you achieve your desired consistency
  8. * Add hot dog slices and heat through for 3-5 minutes


Serves 3-4 kids. Remember, where there's a *, there's a step kids will love to help with! They love to pour into the pan and help stir! Our boys ate this up and even the adults loved it! Try it out next time you're missing your favorite lunch!



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  • That does sound good! 

  • Cat @

    That’s so funny! Although we do eat beans the idea is totally fun! I bet cabbage would be a great addition. Then again I add cabbage to everything.

    •  Cabbage is Stacy’s favorite. We’re always using it too.

  • I must try this!  My kids are on a “I hate everything you make” kick (even when I make their favorites!), so a good kid-friendly recipe may just change their minds and convince them that my food is good again.  Thanks!

    •  Thanks for trying it! Cole decided that I must  make it constantly as his after school snack!

  • tastyeatsathome

    This sounds really delicious! I could see this being a comfort food dish. 🙂

  • Woo!  That’s looks super yummy and looks like it would be a hit with my kidos!  Gonna have to try this one!

  • Shirley @ gfe

    Only you guys could make me want beanie weenies … the revamped version anyway. 😉


  • Awesome stuff. I survived college eating beanie weenie 50% of the time. Sort of get a craving for it now and then, this looks it could hit the spot.

  • Nicole

    Can not wait to try this!  It looks amazing!  This is one meal my dad used to make and it was so good!  I do miss it, not going to lie!  I will definitely make this!  I can not wait for your cookbook!  I ordered it a couple weeks ago!  So excited!!!

    •  Awesome! Hope you get it soon and enjoy it!

  • Dawn

    Looks like it could be a good sub for my old favorite that I can’t have anymore: mac n cheese with broccoli and hot dog in it.  Oh that sounds good… where’s the tomato paste?!?!

  • Noël S

    Stacy do you know of a source for organic lard? Just saying or typing the word makes me shudder. I haven’t bought lard since our soap making experiment in 1990. 
    It is my understanding that the chemicals that the plant or animal are exposed to concentrate in the fat which makes it imperative to buy organic fat sources.  

    • We get our pastured, organic lard from Mount Vernon Farms or other local humane farms (like Polyface) at the farmer’s market. I know US Wellness Meats sells grass-fed tallow, which would work much the same way if you can’t find pastured lard.

      It’s true that the toxins build up in CAFO animals; however, in pastured animals lard is a great source of essential fat soluble vitamins and minerals not found in much other places since we don’t eat dairy. We’ve done a lot of research and it’s taken some time to make us not fear fat – but we’re finally there 🙂

  • The Parrys

    I just made this tonight!  I had to throw the diced tomatoes in the food processor for a second so my 10 yr old wouldn’t see them! haha  My kids LOVED it!  

  • Sandra

    I was skeptical of this recipe, couldn’t see how the ingredients would work. But I was pleasantly surprised. My boys and I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  • Joseph Meyers

    Hi, I just made this and it was great! Thanks for the recipe idea! My store had both hot dogs and salsa on sale, so I used a nice jar of organic salsa in place of the tomatoes. And I therefore lightened the salt and spices a bit. This really hit the spot. I think I ate too much! But I will definitely revisit this one. Cheers!

  • Just seeing this now… might have to try this… altho’ I admit, growing up with GENUINE Boston baked beans, I’m raising and eyebrow or two…

  • Tanya Milchen

    Thank you!