Spicy Bean Dogs

Friday, 23 November 2018

I put my hand up. I like hotdogs.  Yes, I know they are filled with things that I probably wouldn't eat otherwise.  I know . . .  but I don't really care.  Every once in a while I just have to treat myself to a hot dog.  I am a bit discerning however in that I only eat beef ones.  And those I buy at Costco.  They're delicious!

Every month I am the lucky recipient of a Degustabox.  Once a month, around the middle of the month, I am sent one of these lovely boxes which contain a delicious assortment of all things foodie.  I just love these boxes. Opening each one is tiny a bit like opening a Christmas gift. Always a surprise, and always filled with things that pique my interest and desire to try. Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of 10 to 15 specially selected foodie products.

There's always a great mix of new products that I haven't tried before, as well as plenty of treats from more established brands. Quite often you will have the opportunity to try  new products before they arrive in the shops, so it can be a bit of a sneak peak! Each Degustabox costs only £12.99, delivery costs are included in the price, and there is no fixed contract involved - you can cancel at any time. I love getting these boxes! They are great value for money spent.  

Each month I challenge myself to come up with a recipe using at least one article from the box.  I did struggle a bit this month, but then all of a sudden it came to me.  I would use the Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz to do something tasty with, but more about that later.  First, here is what was in my October Box. 

UPBEAT DRINKS Spring water enriched with Protein and Vitamins 2 X £1.59

Enriched hydration for strength, energy and mental performance. Zero sugar, low calorie and real fruit flavour. 

 I got  a Summer Lemon and Blueberry Raspberry. I love flavoured waters, and I love the fact that there is no sugar and no calories!

JACK DANIEL'S Tennessee Honey Liqueur Lemonade 2 X £2.00

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey & Lemonade is a refreshing mix of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Liqueur and zesty lemonade. A convenient, perfectly mixed drink for when you are on the go or staying in with friends. The ultimate summer cooler, enjoyed all year round. 

I did not taste these as I don't drink alcohol, however my next door neighbour really enjoyed.

LIFT Instant Lemon Flavour Tea 1 X £1.49 

This was the product of the month.  The classic lemon flavour is a favourire for many and can be enjoyed hot or cold.  This refreshing beverage excites the tastebuds with a combination of sweet and citrus flavours.

Again, I don't drink tea or coffee, but I used to and I can see where this would be deliciously refreshing.  Especially cold served over plenty of cracked ice.

GINGER BEER by Supermalt 1 X £1.19

Ginger Beer by Supermalt is made using real ginger extract, and a delicate hint of lemongrass to give it a truly refreshing drink with an energising fiery kick. Best served ice cold.  Enjoy as a full flavour soft drink or as a mixer for your favourite cocktails.

Todd adores Ginger Beer and he loved this.  It was nicely spicy! Non-alcoholic it is also available as a sugar free drink.

CLIPPER Fairtrade Everyday Tea 1 X £2.89 

This delicate Fairtrade Tea is big, bright and bold, delivering a quality cup of tea, you'll want to come back to again and again. All Clipper products are made with pure, natural ingredients and a clear conscience.  There was also the added bonus of a Clipper Fairtrade tea towel included in the pack.

Again, enjoyed by my neighbour.

SANTA MARIA LATIN AMERICAN KITCHEN Mexican spiced Tomato Sauce 1 X £1.89

SAna Maria Latin American Kitchen cooking sauces, for a delicious meal, ready in 15 minutes!  Pour the sauce oer your cooked meat, fish or vegetables for fantastic latin American flavour.  Santa Maria cooking sauces are Vegan friendly and Gluten Free.   One of two flavours was included, Mexican Spiced Tomato Sauce, and Venezuelan Coconut and Lime Sauce.  I got the Mexican one.  I love the Santa Maria products.  I am wishing and hoping that they will come out with tinned chopped Green Chilies. 

SHREDDIES Original breakfast to go  1 X £1.99 

A new, all-in-one Nestle on the go solution coming with a portion of Shreddies cereals and a carton of milk. Packed in a recylclable cup with a spoon, simply pour the milk on the cereals and you're ready to eat in seconds.

We love Shreddies in this house!  Its nice to know that you can now eat them on the go!

SPOON Granola, Cherry Bomb 1 X £3.89

Wholegrain oat granola with ground almonds, pumpkin seeds and a natural cherry hit. Basically, berry granola but better.


GET FRUITY Bar  Moist Mixed Berry  1 X £0.70

Award winning Moist Mixed Berry Bar made of real frut and gluten free wholegrain oats, baked to perfection with absolutly no artificial ingredients, no added cane sugar, vegan, gluten free and a great source of fibre.

Its nice that it is gluten free and vegan for the vegans and celiacs in your life! 

KITKAT Chunky Salted Caramel Fudge 1 X £0.65

Introducing KitKat Chunky Salted Caramel Fude, an exciting indulgent, salty sweet taste sensation. Unwrap, snap off a chunk and enjoy the delicious smooth milk chocolate and cripsy wafer with a caramel fudge flavoured topping.

True confession . . .  we love KitKats anyways, and I had every intention of sharing this with Todd. He never got a look in. Once I started eating it, I couldn't help but finish it. Naughty me. 


The Heinz Creationz range comes in four delicious world flavours, Spanish, itailan and Mexican Beanz, as well as Lentil Curry. Perfect for taking to work for a quick lunch or as a tasty and speedy addition to your dinner.

I recieved the Mexican ones and was delighted as we are real lovers of Mexican anything and Heinz beans so how could these be anything but great!  They were quite delicious with some flavours of chorizo and bits of corn in them as well as a mix of beans. The zip open pack was easy to use. 

As I said I struggled a bit to come up with a recipe this month, but eventually I settled on using the beanz.  We love the Heinz products and I knew that I could come up with something tasty for them.  Spicy Bean Dogs.

This recipe was actually a rif on our favourite Baked Hot Dog recipe, which uses a can of chili.  I thought the Heinz Beanz Creationz would work very well with them, and no surprise, it worked perfectly! 

We loved the additional smokiness from the Chorizo sausage  . . .

These had just the right amount of spiciness, and had a wonderful hint of chipotle chilies. 

They would also be great in Taco's and Quesadillas.  

They would also make for a great Store Cupboard ingredient to keep on hand for when the mood hits.

Having enjoyed this flavour, I am now keen to try out the others!

Yield: 4

Spicy Bean Dogs

prep time: 10 minscook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 10 mins
Quick, easy and delicious.  A real family pleaser! Children love them!


4 smoked all beef hot dogs
4 hot dog buns
pickle relish
french mustard
mayonnaise (low fat works well)
1 pouch Heinz Creationz Mexican Beanz
4 ounces grated strong cheddar cheese (1 cup)
4 TBS chopped spring onions to garnish


Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Have ready a baking dish that is large enough to hold the hotdogs in the buns.

Open each bun.  Spread the inside with some pickle relish,
mustard and mayonnaise.  Place a hot dog into each.  Place each bun into
 the baking dish.  Spoon the beanz over top of the hotdogs inside the
buns as much as possible.  Scatter the cheese over top.   Cover with aluminium foil, making sure that the foil does
not touch the top of the hotdogs, but sealing the edges in well.

 for 45 to 50 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 5 to 10 minutes longer. 
Remove from the oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Use a
spatula to remove them to heated plates.  Sprinkle some chopped spring onions on top of each. These are knife and fork dogs
and oh soooooo scrummy!
Created using The Recipes Generator

So, that was the October Degustabox - a nice selection of products as always. We loved it. The price of each Degustabox is £12.99 (including delivery). To order your box, visit www.degustabox.com 
 Many thanks to Degustabox UK for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  Do you like the sound of this box? Why not sign up now! I find them to be really good value for money spent and I really enjoy trying out new products that I have not tried before.  

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Bon appetit!   


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