Beans 'n' Caramelized Onions Recipe
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Beans 'n' Caramelized Onions Recipe

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Bacon, brown sugar and cider vinegar seasons this side dish. I often serve this dish to guests, and it never fails to please.—Jill Heatwole, Pittsville, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 4 bacon strips
  • 2 large onions, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 106 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Cook onions in drippings over medium-low heat until tender and golden brown, about 50 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the beans in a large saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain. Stir the vinegar and brown sugar into onions; add beans. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 1 minute. Add bacon; toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Beans 'n' Caramelized Onions in Taste of Home February/March 2003, p19

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"I made this recipe for the first time on Thanksgiving of 2011 and then again on Christmas 2011, I have made it at different times during this year and am getting ready to make it again for Christmas 2012! I absolutely love it! The tart taste of the apple cider vinegar is what I love the most about it. It is a favorite side at our house!"

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011


Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"I found this recipe four years ago and it has become a Thanksgiving staple in our home!!"

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Everyone loved this when I made it for both thanksgivings we went to. On the sweetside but very good."

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2010

"i was really looking forward to this recipe because i love garden fresh green beans. my dad loved them but my boyfriend and i thought they were just OK. i feel that they tasted to much like the cider vinegar and were too sour for me. the green beans cooked very well but the flavor was not what i expected. if you are fan of vinegar then you will like this recipe but it is still worth trying. i might still make it again for my dad."

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