Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Bacon


This green bean concoction is similar to others but not the same! This recipe offers optional 'speed cooking' to quickly get this fresh-tasting side dish to the table.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 cups


  • 1 ½ pounds green beans, trimmed, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon water, or as needed

  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 6 slices bacon, or more to taste

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place green beans in a microwave-safe bowl and add enough water to make a layer in the bottom; heat in microwave until green beans are tender yet firm to the bite, 1 to 3 minutes. Drain.

  2. Heat peanut oil in a large wok or skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer onion to a bowl and discard any remaining oil.

  3. Place the bacon in the wok or skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels and cut into bite-size pieces. Reserve 4 to 5 tablespoons bacon drippings in the wok.

  4. Mix onion, brown sugar, vinegar, and liquid smoke in the reserved bacon drippings; cook and stir until sauce is bubbling and brown sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add green beans to sauce and stir to coat; cook until green beans are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Transfer green bean mixture to a microwave-safe casserole dish; season with black pepper. Serve immediately or warm in the microwave, if needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

270 Calories
8g Fat
43g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 270
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 340mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 31mg 154%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 564mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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