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Hot Dog Soup

Approximate Cost: $1.50
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Tired of traditional hot dogs on a bun? Hot dog soup is a great way to mix things up that’s super satisfying and unexpectedly tasty. Classic hot dogs combined with potatoes, diced tomatoes, carrots, and onions in a tomatoey broth for a simple, pantry-staple one-pot meal the whole family will enjoy.

Overhead view of a white bowl holding hot dog soup - a red broth filled with cut up hot dogs and diced potatoes.

🌭 What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • Hot dog soup is a surprising but tasty recipe that’s actually pretty satisfying. The name’s a little off-putting, I know, but don’t let it sway you. This recipe’s loaded with hot dogs, potatoes, diced tomatoes, onion, and carrots – all ingredients that’ll actually fill you up.
  • There are a lot of ways to customize your hot dog soup, and it can really be a great pantry clean-out recipe, depending on what’s in your pantry. Feel free to use any vegetables you like, incorporate some spices, fill it out with bone broth, or try different flavors of hot dogs.

💵 Our 2 Cents

To make this recipe even more budget-friendly…

Hot Dogs: Like most proteins, hot dogs freeze well. If you find them on sale, don’t hesitate to stock up and toss them in the freezer until you need them.

Vegetables: Don’t be afraid to branch out! A lot of times, you’ll find better prices (and better quality fresh produce) at a local farmers’ market. If you don’t have a convenient farmers’ market, though, you can still get decently priced produce at your local grocery store. Consider planning multiple recipes each week that use the same ingredients – say, a soup with cubed potatoes one night and then a ground beef and gravy with mashed potatoes the next – so you can pick up potatoes in bulk. You could also use a can of Veg-All instead of fresh produce, which would also give you green beans, celery, peas, and corn, in addition to the potatoes and carrots we use here. You could also pick up bags of frozen produce (which I prefer to canned) for roughly $1 a bag.

👩🏼‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • With hot dogs, you don’t really have the same markers for doneness that you do with, say, ground beef or chicken breasts. So how do you know when your hot dog soup is cooked and ready to enjoy? It’s all in the taters! Simmer the soup until the potatoes are fork tender – or, when you can easily pierce the potatoes with a fork.
  • Packing lunches for the week? This soup is great for meal prep, since it stores and reheats really well. Just let it cool completely and then refrigerate it in an airtight container up to 5 days. Reheat the soup on the stovetop or in the microwave, whichever’s most convenient for you.
A close-up look at a bowl of hot dog soup. A spoon lifts a scoop of the soup's contents out of the bowl.

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Hot Dog Soup

Easy but tasty hot dog soup combines franks and veggies in a tomatoey broth for a satisfying 30-minute meal that won't break the bank.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Recipe Makes: 4 servings
Approximate Cost: $1.50


  • knife
  • large pot
  • fork


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • ½ pound carrots (peeled, chopped)
  • ½ pound potatoes (peeled, cut into 2-inch cubes)
  • 8 cups water (more or less as needed)
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes (or crushed tomatoes, do not drain)
  • 1 16-ounce pack hot dogs (approximately 8 hot dogs, cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • salt (to taste)
  • freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • fresh chopped parsley (optional, to garnish)


  • Heat large pot over medium-high heat. When pot is warm, add olive oil and heat until oil is hot and shimmery.
  • When oil is hot, add onion and carrots to pot. Sauté 5 minutes or until onion is translucent and carrots have softened.
  • Add potatoes to pot, then pour in enough water to cover – approximately 8 cups or so, depending on size of pot.
  • Bring water to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and add tomatoes and hot dogs. Stir to incorporate.
  • Simmer mixture uncovered 20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender (see Notes). After 20 minutes, season soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Portion soup into serving bowls. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired and serve warm.


  • Water: For more flavor, use vegetable broth or beef broth instead of water. You could also use bone broth if it works in your budget or if you’ve got the leftover bones from another recipe and want to make your own!
  • Fork Tender: Fork tender just means that the potatoes are tender enough that you can poke them with the tines of a fork, and the tines will easily pierce the skin and down into the potato.

Recipe costs provided are approximate. Actual cost per recipe & serving will vary by location, store, brand, etc. Approximate cost shown does not include costs for any optional ingredients.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 437kcal | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 853mg | Potassium: 819mg | Total Carbs: 43g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Net Carbs: 39g | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 105mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used. To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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Recipe by Cheryl Malik

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