Tangy Green Beans With Bacon

Tangy Green Beans With Bacon
Tangy Green Beans With Bacon. Diana Rattray
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings

This easy recipe uses canned or cooked green beans, along with bacon and seasonings. The tangy sweet-sour sauce is reminiscent of a German-style potato salad.

The sauce is a simple mixture of shallots or green onions with a little vinegar, sugar, and cornstarch for thickening. Crumbled bacon is the topping for these delicious green beans. 

I used frozen French-cut green beans in this recipe. Feel free to stir some of the bacon into the sauce before adding the green beans.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cans (about 16 ounces each) cut green beans, drained, or 16 to 20 ounces frozen green beans, cooked and drained
  • 5 strips bacon, preferably thick-cut
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion or shallots
  • 1/2 cup cold water or cooled cooking liquid from the beans
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper

How to Make It

  1. In a large skillet cook the bacon until crisp. Drain the bacon on paper towels, leaving 1 tablespoon of drippings in the skillet. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  2. In the drippings in the skillet, over medium heat, cook the green onion or shallots until just tender.
  3. In a bowl or measuring cup, combine the water and vinegar; stir in cornstarch. Add liquid to skillet with sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the sauce is thickened and bubbling.
  1. Add drained green beans to the thickened sauce mixture, stirring gently to coat thoroughly.
  2. Heat through; transfer the green beans to serving dish and top with crumbled bacon.

Serves 4 to 6.


  • Fresh Green Beans: Cut off the stem ends of 1 pound of green beans and rinse thoroughly.  Leave the green beans whole or slice.  Put them in a steaming basket and place in a saucepan over 1 inch of water. Cover the pan and bring the water to a boil. Cook for about 4 to 6 minutes, or until done as desired.
  • Use 1/4 cup of finely chopped sweet onion or yellow onion instead of shallots or green onions.
  • Sprinkle the green beans with some crumbled French-fried onion rings along with the crumbled bacon.

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