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
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: 106 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g 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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SPO1966 38791
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!"

Ashlynne 205373
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011


overture 123262
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

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

shortyan6el13 205372
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

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

foodeater 123260
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."

scrappychic5 46379
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"Absolutely delicious. Used frozen green beans since fresh weren't available, and it turned out wonderful."

sgsigman 123253
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2009

"I substituted 1 can of cut green beans for fresh, and used just 1 onion to make for me and my husband, with regular measurements for the rest of the ingredients. covered onions to cook, and wow, did that turn out great!"

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