Beans and Rice Recipe with Hot Dogs - Kids Cook Monday
Kids love this recipe!
Well, my brothers and I loved this recipe! I must confess, though, that the real recipe title is not the nice little title you see in this article. I didn’t want to turn anyone off right away with what we really called it. Kids will love the title, though, as it was made up by several kids—my brothers and me. How would you feel about eating “Bean Barf”? Well, that’s what we called it. Why? I guess because it was a dish with beans and a whole bunch of other ingredients thrown in there with it.
Bean Barf! Yummy. It was a dish that wasn’t even a real recipe but just made up by my mother who was creative in using items she had on hand. The beauty of bean barf is that you can alternate items in the recipe to fit what you have in your kitchen at the time. The key ingredient, a favorite of most kids, is a package of hot dogs, of course. Hot dogs are what make Bean Barf fun! For the sake of this recipe, I will add approximate amounts of all the key ingredients that are used. Remember, though, that you can substitute items, or alter amounts according to your or your children’s preferred tastes.
Add in those hot dogs!
- 1/2 cup rice
- 2-3 Tbs. Canola or other oil
- 1/2 pound ground beef or turkey
- 1 package hot dogs
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 15 oz. can pinto or kidney beans, drained
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp. mustard, or several squirts to taste
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- sprinkle salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp. sugar, optional
- 1 Tbsp. barbecue sauce, optional
For the last batch I made, I didn't have ground beef but did have ground turkey. I also used turkey dogs. Both of these substitutions made this recipe lower in fat--and still downright tasty!
- Heat oil in skillet until hot. Cook rice until browned. Rice will still be crunchy but will soften some throughout the cooking process. The slight crunchy taste of rice makes this recipe fun and interesting.
- Add beef and onion, cooking until browned. You may substitute with ground turkey, if you wish.
- Add in beans and tomato sauce. Stir all together.
- Add in ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Add in a little at a time to get desired taste. Optional ingredients to suit tastes are sugar and barbecue sauce. What you use may depend on what you have on hand. That's how my mom did it, and how we continue to follow in that tradition!
- Let dish simmer and flavors blend for a few minutes before serving.