Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes

These hearty, comforting Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes are a perfect one-bowl dinner!

These Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes are a hearty, comforting, healthy dinner! - wearychef.com

This recipe is one I put off making for a few days because franks and beans just doesn’t sound that exciting or glamorous, does it? I was also worried the sweet potatoes would be weird even though they seemed like a perfect addition. Once I finally made this sweet, smoky, wonderful dinner, I wondered why I didn’t make it sooner! This is GOOD. STUFF.

These Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes are a hearty, comforting, healthy dinner! - wearychef.com

When I made these franks and beans for dinner, I served them over the Cheddar Chive Rice I shared yesterday. That was WAY TOO MUCH FOOD, and believe me, I can eat a lot! I somehow thought that just eating a bowl of beans, hot dogs, and sweet potatoes wouldn’t be enough dinner, but now that I write it out like that, it totally sounds like a full meal. You could serve it with corn muffins and a green salad if you’d like a little more going on, but this hearty bowl o’ beans really has everything you need.

These Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes are a hearty, comforting, healthy dinner! - wearychef.com

The sweet potatoes kind of blend in with the beans since they are cooked until they are very soft, and the sweet flavor matches perfectly with the BBQ sauce. I think you could throw this all in the slow cooker and keep it on low all day with good results. I do recommend browning the onion and bacon first though. I have always found the floppy, boiled bacon typical of baked beans kind of, well, unappetizing. This bacon is chewy, and you actually look forward to getting bacon in your bite! Whether you make these on your stove or crockpot, I think they will be a hit at your house too.

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These Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes are a hearty, comforting, healthy dinner! - wearychef.com

Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes

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These Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes are a hearty, comforting, healthy dinner!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 23 slices bacon diced
  • 28 ounces canned low-sodium white beans drained
  • 46 hot dogs sliced into 1/4” thick
  • 2 cups diced sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup your favorite BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and bacon, and sauté until bacon and onion are browning, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Stir in beans, hot dogs, sweet potatoes, and barbecue sauce. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover. Cook 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sweet potatoes are easy to poke with a fork.
  3. Remove cover, and simmer an additional 10-15 minutes to allow sauce to reduce and thicken a bit. Serve immediately or simmer over low heat for a few hours if needed. (Stir occasionally during the long simmer.)
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Southern

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Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

15 comments

Sheila
7 years ago

Hi i am looking for a recipe to make for 60 men, this Franks and Beans with sweet potatoes sounds great. I have been feeding the Homeless for 15years now and always looking for something different to make. I would have to make enough to fill 5 large foil container. I will make this recipe for my husband and i and see how much i will have to increase before i decide to make it for the Homeless!

Thank you!

Andi Gleeson
7 years ago

I hope you enjoyed it for your family even if it wasn’t feasible to make for 60! Thanks for the good work you are doing to help the homeless, Sheila. Take care!

Crystal winter
9 years ago

Can you use regular potatoes?

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Hi. Sure, you could make it with regular potatoes!

Laura
9 years ago

I made this for dinner tonight. I’m pretty sure my husband fell a little more in love with me!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Ha! I’m glad to hear it, Laura. Thank you!

BeckyB
9 years ago

O M G !!!!!! I KNEW that we would love this recipe because we LOVE sweet potatoes and franks and beans and bbq sauce, but this was a brilliant combination Andi ! If my dad were still alive he would freak out over this! He LOVED hot dogs! And all the rest would have been a bonus! Thank you! We L O V E D it!!!!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Becky! I’m thrilled you liked the meal, and I appreciate that you shared that memory about your dad with me. What a funny and sweet thing that he loved hot dogs!

tanya
10 years ago

Ooh I love the addition of sweet potatoes Andi! Looks so good and savory. Mental note: do not serve with rice! Good to know!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Tanya! I can eat a lot, and I was so stuffed after eating a big bowl of these over rice! Of course I could have stopped eating at any time, but they were too good not to finish ;)

Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
10 years ago

I LOVE Turkey franks, and beans…and sweet potatoes. It’s like you made a recipe specifically for my taste budz ;) Pinning this!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you! I DID make it just for you, Taylor :) Glad you like it! xo

Kelly
10 years ago

My lil guy is a big fan of beans and I love that you added sweet potatoes in here! Can’t wait to try this next time – and you can never go wrong with bacon :)

Andi
10 years ago

I hope you guys like it if you get a chance to try it. If your son likes BBQ sauce then I’m sure it will be a hit. Thank you!

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