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Bacon-Onion Green Beans

I threw together the recipe to give some color to the plate. I knew all the relatives liked green beans, so I added onion, bacon, tasted sesame seeds and a little vinegar for a nice tang.—Karen Darrell, Wood River, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings. Saute onion in drippings until tender. Stir in vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, place beans in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Cook, covered, until crisp-tender, 4-7 minutes; drain.
  • Place beans in a large bowl; toss with bacon and onion mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 84 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Bennyz
    Dec 24, 2020

    This is amazing! It's actually a lot like a "German Style Potato Salad" recipe, which in my German family, normally includes a small amount of sugar to soften the "edge" of vinegar/onion. Adding my family's "twist", I either add a little bit (teaspoon at most) of pure maple syrup or molasses to the vinegar/onion mixture.

  • Corwin44
    Nov 27, 2020

    Made this for thanksgiving. It was a huge hit. I had a small thanksgiving (just my household and lots of FaceTime with relatives). This was a perfect side for the 5 people who enjoyed it. I added fresh mushrooms. I did add some garlic and used balsamic vinegar instead of cider vinegar. I also added a teaspoon of sugar. The recipe didn’t specify but I used purple onion. I made it yesterday and reheated in a 13x9 pan at 350 for 30 minutes. It worked out great. Use slivered almonds if you don’t have seeds or just serve without either. It’s great and adaptable.

  • emb219
    Aug 27, 2020

    I add a little bit of sugar...1 teaspoon or to taste. :) Thank you for sharing this, Karen!

  • Itha
    Nov 25, 2019

    One of my sons hated green beans ... until I made this dish. Thank you very much.

  • samoanjoy
    Oct 11, 2014

    The best green beans

  • alaskakaren
    Apr 13, 2013

    Try balsamic vinegar....YUM!

  • justmbeth
    Nov 11, 2011

    These were flavorful. Simple to make with ingredients on hand.

  • mauishores
    Jun 11, 2011

    This is my favorite vegetable side dish! I served it when we hosted Easter -- everyone raved about it. There were not leftovers.

  • FriedaG
    Feb 1, 2010

    Very tasty! And such an attractive presentation.

  • scarlet286
    Mar 31, 2009

    These were so yummy! My friend's not a very big green bean fan, and she loved them.