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“Drunken” Beanie Weenies

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Vegan Drunken Beenie Weanies

Yah, yah, yah, mock me if you must, but I just veganized the favorite meal of 5-year olds everywhere.  Except I also made them fit for adults! So please, open your minds for a moment and check out these Vegan Beanie Weenies, complete with beer-marinated kielbasa!

My Gramma Josie used to make these for me when I was a little kid (it was a fave, in line behind mac n’ cheese with hotdogs and ketchup all mixed in, and vanilla ice cream microwaved until it was pretty much soup. (Don’t ask – I was a strange child))

They fell out of rotation as I became an adult, but back in 2007 while the kitchen in my last house was being renovated, I had to learn to put dinner on the table with only a microwave, a grill and a small hot plate. This was before I was vegan, and actually right before I went vegetarian, and I’ll admit there was a lot of pizza ordering going on, but hotdogs were my other go-to. They were cheap (hello, that kitchen was pricey!), they were easy, and most important of all, they left little to clean up (because who likes to wash dishes in the bathroom?)

So hotdogs were consumed in buns, wrapped in tortillas, cold with just a squirt of ketchup <blushes>, and most deliciously… in a bowl of baked beans. I’m not bragging (at all, I realize how this must sound), these were simply meals of convenience and necessity.

So now that I’m ready to act like a grownup again and have a functioning stove and all that jazz, I thought I’d revisit them. And, you know, add some beer.

I also switched out the band-aids and broken glass hot dogs for Tofurky Kielbasa, and made my own baked beans.  It was easier than I thought it would be, and quite delicious! You could up the Sriracha and make this an even more grownup dish, if you like. Either way, I thought it was kind of a fun comfort food that I wanted to share.

What was your favorite weird food as a child?

“Drunken” Beanie Weenies (2 hearty servings, or 3 modest)


  • 2 links Tofurky Kielbasa
  • 1 can or bottle of your favorite vegan beer (I used 90 Schilling cuz I love me some Colorado beer!)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 vidalia onion, well-chopped but not quite diced
  • pinch of applewood smoked sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water (plus more if it’s still too thick)


  1. Poke holes in your kielbasa with a fork. Mix the beer and garlic in a tupperware large enough for the sausages, then add them. Let sit for at least 2 hours.
  2. Mix the beans and all remaining ingredients in a pot over medium-high heat and bring to just barely a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Slice the kielbasa and add to the pot, then continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.


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  • Bianca- Vegan Crunk March 21, 2013, 3:42 pm

    YES!! I love beer beans and how much better would they be with Tofurky dogs?!!! Thank you for this!

  • Shannon March 21, 2013, 3:48 pm

    Wow this sure sounds good. When I was a kid I used to love Bologna and mustard sammiches or mustard and pastrami. I also loved chicken and dumplings. My grandma used to make “mashed potato candy” which was mashed potatoes, powdered sugar and peanut butter. People think I am weird for liking it.

    • Shannon March 21, 2013, 3:52 pm

      Oh and school cheese pizza. I tried to make some but it wasn’t the same.

  • Annie March 21, 2013, 4:27 pm

    HAHA! Yes! Barb does it again! I loved this stuff as a kid (duh)!

  • Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview March 21, 2013, 8:17 pm

    Ah, beanie weenies. I loved them. But I think my favorite weird food was government boxed mac and cheese with hot dogs, an even poorer, more ghetto version of beanie weenies.

  • Starr @ The Misfit Baker March 21, 2013, 10:26 pm

    Beans and Weenies! Yes Please! I’m loving this grown up, beer version.

    I don’t know, maybe even to vegans this one might sound strange. As a child (who ate meat), my favorite food was tofu. Fried, poached, even straight from the package, I loved it all (still do).

  • Somer March 21, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Pure worship, I totally need to make this for my littles! Maybe with some homemade seitan vegan hotdogs!

  • Heather March 22, 2013, 11:48 am

    LOVE baked beans (with ketchup too!) you were not a strange child, I would mix my kraft mac n cheese with hot dogs and ketchup, I also use to love my scrambled eggs with a ton of ketchup!

  • Sophie33 March 24, 2013, 6:08 am

    I love beer in any dish but your dish is new to me! I must try it out soon! 🙂 Yumm!

  • Marci F April 23, 2013, 9:23 pm

    I LOVED Beanie Weenies back in tha’ day, bordering on addiction! So how close to the original do these taste? Because we all know how little actual “meat” there was in those Weenies. LOL

    • Barb April 29, 2013, 1:43 pm

      Well, they’d be more authentic if you use a veggie dog like Smart Dog rather than the tofurky.

      • Ashley April 29, 2013, 4:03 pm

        But the kielbasa gives it that extra grown up kick and flava! :p

  • Ashley April 29, 2013, 4:00 pm

    I didn’t have, and couldn’t find, sriracha, so I used cholula hot sauce instead. And I cut the weenies in thirds, poked holes in them, and rubbed them with minced garlic before dropping them in the beer marinade. And let them sit overnight AND all day at work. Anyway, these turned out SOOOO yummmm!!! Thanks for a great, and fun, recipe! 🙂

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