Beans ‘n’ Caramelized Onions

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 40 minutes


8 servings

Updated: Jan. 29, 2022
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
Beans 'n' Caramelized Onions Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.