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Beans ‘n’ Caramelized Onions

Brown sugar, bacon and cider vinegar season this simple side. I often make it for family and friends, and it never fails to please!—Jill Heatwole, Pittsville, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 minutes
  • Makes
    8 servings


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


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in pan.
  • In drippings, saute onions over medium heat until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook until deep golden brown, 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar and brown sugar.
  • In a pot of boiling water, cook green beans, uncovered, until crisp-tender, 4-7 minutes; drain. Add to onions; cook 1 minute, tossing to combine. Stir in bacon; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 106 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 146mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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  • weisd
    Nov 21, 2017

    Made this for dinner yesterday. Thought it was yummy. I did add a little more brown sugar, as one person said she thought it was too tart. Love the carmelized onions with the beans and bacon.

  • SPO1966
    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
    Nov 23, 2011


  • overture
    Nov 18, 2011

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

  • shortyan6el13
    Jan 10, 2011

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

  • foodeater
    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
    Jan 10, 2010

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

  • sgsigman
    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!