Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Bacon

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Sweet and Sour Green Beans with bacon recipe is a fast way to jazz up a regular can of vegetables.  Bacon, onions, sugar and vinegar turns a plain can of green beans into a family-pleasing side dish in no time flat.

Sweet and Sour Green Beans Recipe

This is another winner from the cookbook Savory Samplings.  Time and time again, I open up the pages to find a recipe that meets my family’s needs.

Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Bacon recipe only has 5 ingredients which is why I love it. Canned green beans, onions, bacon, sugar and vinegar is all it takes.

Many of my go-to recipes have few ingredients including:

Fresh Broccoli Casserole with 5 ingredients

6 Ingredient Hot Crab Dip

3 Ingredient Chicken Salad

4 Ingredient Egg Salad without Mayo

3 Ingredient Spiral Ham

These BLT Bites (stuffed cherry tomatoes) from The Country Cook only have 5 ingredients!

How to Make Sweet and Sour Green Bean Recipe:

For the full sweet southern green bean recipe, scroll to the bottom of this post.

  1. Fry up bacon chunks in a skillet until the fat is rendered and the bacon crispy; remove the bacon leaving behind the fat.
  2. Saute chopped onions in the bacon fat until soft.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, and simmer until warmed through up to 15 minutes.

Sweet and Sour Green Beans with bacon is a fast way to jazz up a regular can of green beans.  Bacon, onions, sugar and vinegar turns a bland can of beans into a family-pleasing side dish in no time flat. 

Notes About Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Bacon:

  • Sweet and Sour Green Beans are also called Sweet Southern Green Beans.
  • This recipe makes a smaller portion that feeds 2-4 people; however, you could easily double or triple the recipe if desired.
  • This is a 5 ingredient recipe – canned green beans, bacon, onions, vinegar and sugar.
  • Do not cook these these sweet southern green beans very long since they are already cooked through.  Cook it until flavorful–up to 15 minutes.

Favorite Green Bean Recipes

Looking for some other ways to eat green beans?

Try Slow Cooker Green Beans with Onions and Bacon to serve a crowd or try fixing fresh green beans with andouille sausage. We also love these Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans with Water Chestnuts.

Want to make green beans the main dish? Try our Zero Point Green Bean Chili or Tasty Green Beans with Ground Beef.

Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Bacon

Sweet and Sour Green Beans with bacon is a fast way to jazz up a regular can of green beans.  Bacon, onions, sugar and vinegar turns a plain can of beans into a family-pleasing side dish in no time flat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet and Sour Green Beans, Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Bacon, Sweet Southern Green Beans
Servings: 4
Calories: 92kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 14.5 oz. canned green beans, undrained
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 slices bacon

Instructions

  • Cut bacon into chunks, and cook over medium until the fat is rendered out and the bacon is crispy.
  • Remove the bacon pieces to a bowl, leaving behind the bacon grease.
  • Saute the onions in the bacon fat until soft; add vinegar, sugar and undrained green beans.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Top with cooked bacon.

Notes

  • We used a 15-oz can of green beans so as long as the size is close to 14.5 to 15 ounces, go for it!
  • Sweet and Sour Green Beans are also called Sweet Southern Green Beans.
  • This recipe makes a smaller portion that feeds 2-4 people; however, you could easily double or triple the recipe if desired. 
  • This is only a 5 ingredient recipe---canned green beans, bacon, onions, vinegar and sugar.
  • Since these sweet southern green beans are already cooked through, you don't necessarily need to cook them to long in the vinegar sauce.  Cook it until flavorful--up to 15 minutes. 
  • Looking for some other ways to eat green beans? Try Slow Cooker Green Beans with Onions and Bacon to serve a crowd, Zero Point Green Bean Chili if you are watching your weight, or try fixing up fresh green beans with andouille sausage

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 709IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

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3 Comments

  1. who is the author of Savory Samplings? I have tried to find the book, but had no luck. Thanks….Barb

    1. It’s one of those community cookbooks! It’s official name is Savory Samplings from Historic Madison, Indiana and it was published by the Psi Iota Xi sorority.

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