Dilly Beans


Spicy pickled green beans made the old fashioned way. This was my grandmother's recipe, I hope you enjoy!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 pints


  • 6 cups water

  • 1 cup pickling salt

  • 6 cups distilled white vinegar

  • 8 heads fresh dill weed

  • ½ cup pickling spice

  • ½ cup mustard seed

  • 8 dried red chile peppers

  • 16 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 teaspoon alum

  • 5 pounds fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed


  1. Sterilize 8 (1 pint) jars in boiling water for at least 5 minutes.

  2. Combine the water, pickling salt and vinegar in a large pot, and bring to a boil. When it begins to boil, reduce heat to low, and keep at a simmer while you pack the jars.

  3. In each jar place the following: 1 head of dill, 1 tablespoon of pickling spice, 1 tablespoon of mustard seed, 1 dried chile pepper, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1/8 teaspoon of alum. Pack beans into the spiced jars in a standing position.

  4. Ladle the hot brine into jars, leaving 1/2 inch of space at the top. Screw the lids onto the jars, and process in a hot water bath for 6 minutes to seal. Store for at least 2 weeks before eating.


Contact your local university or county extension for proper processing times and safety precautions for canning in your area.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

42 Calories
1g Fat
7g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 3481mg 151%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 13mg 66%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 186mg 4%

* 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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