Tasty Green Beans – Green Beans and Ground Beef

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This Tasty Green Beans recipe features only five ingredients including canned green beans and ground beef.  You can easily make green beans a main dish by adding a hearty protein like ground beef.

I grew up eating canned green beans. Mom always bought the French-style green beans, and she’d heat them up with a little butter, and we gobbled them up every time. I still have a special place in my heart for those little string beans.

At my house, my kids prefer the cut green beans from a can.  I do the exact same thing as Mom; I add butter, salt and pepper and I heat them up to serve as a quick side.

Sometimes, though, it’s nice to jazz up green beans.

Green Beans and Ground Beef

And that, my friends, is exactly what this Tasty Green Bean recipe does, in a very simple way.

The original Tasty Green Beans recipe is an Amish recipe, and I imagine they used canned green beans they put up themselves from the garden.  You can do the same if you have home-canned green beans.

Green Beans with Hamburger Meat

I love the addition of hamburger to these green beans.  It takes the humble can of green beans, and turns it into a meaty side dish or even the star main course.

The sauce for these green beans is very simple with just tomato juice, sugar and seasoned salt. Green beans in tomato sauce is actually a pretty awesome combination. It’s one that I’ve fallen in love with when making my Healthy Green Bean Chili.

Cooking tomato juice down in this green bean, tomato sauce and ground beef recipe means you get a punch of flavor. Simmering the tomato juice both reduces the sauce to a thicker consistency and also intensifies and sweetens the flavor.

Tasty Green Beans is a unique green bean recipe with only five ingredients including canned green beans and ground beef.  You can easily dress up green beans with this simple green bean dish.

Why should I simmer tomato sauce?

Cooking tomato sauce at a low and steady temperature causes two different results:

  1. The tomato sauce will thicken as it simmers (the water evaporates).
  2. The flavor of the tomato sauce becomes sweeter and more intense.

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Tasty Green Beans Ingredient List

Ground Beef, browned and drained

Canned Green Beans, drained

Tomato Juice

Sugar

Seasoned Salt

How to Dress Up Green Beans

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for green beans and hamburger, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. Drain canned green beans; set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef (hamburger) in a large skillet; drain excess grease.
  3. Add browned ground beef, drained green beans, tomato juice, sugar and seasoned salt back to the skillet.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

How to Jazz Up Canned Green Beans

I love using canned green beans in soups and casseroles. Canned green beans are super inexpensive and also fall on the healthy side as far as ingredients go.

Check out our top four recipes using canned green beans.

Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans

Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans are a German-inspired side dish. Canned green beans are enhanced with water chestnuts, onions and bacon and baked in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce.  These can be eaten right away or prepped the night before for the perfect holiday green bean recipe. 

 Green Bean Chili

This green bean chili is full of vegetables and flavor.

Crock Pot Green Beans

These Crock Pot Green Beans with bacon and onions are easy to make for a crowd. A work pitch-in, family reunion or holiday dinner is not complete without this iconic side dish.

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 bland can of beans into a family-pleasing side dish in no time flat. 

Notes About Ground Beef and Green Bean Recipe

  • Use Cut Green Beans instead of French Style Green Beans.
  • Be sure to drain the juices from the canned green beans.
  • Canned green beans from the garden work for this ground beef and green bean recipe too.
  • For extra flavor, add diced onions and/or garlic to the ground beef while browning.
  • If you want to stretch the recipe a bit farther, use three 14.5 ounce cans of green beans instead of two cans.
  • Substitute tomato sauce for tomato juice, if needed.
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Tasty Green Beans - Green Beans and Ground Beef

Tasty Green Beans is a unique green bean recipe with only five ingredients including canned green beans and ground beef.  You can easily dress up green beans with this simple green bean dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans and ground beef, green beans and hamburger meat, ground beef and green beans, how to jazz up green beans, tasty green beans, unique green bean recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 29 ounces cut green beans 2, 14.5 oz cans
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

Instructions

  • Drain green beans.
  • Brown ground beef in large skillet; drain excess grease.
    Tasty Green Beans is a unique green bean recipe with only five ingredients including canned green beans and ground beef.  You can easily dress up green beans with this simple green bean dish.
  • Add drained green beans and hamburger, tomato juice, sugar and seasoned salt to skillet.
    Tasty Green Beans is a unique green bean recipe with only five ingredients including canned green beans and ground beef.  You can easily dress up green beans with this simple green bean dish.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Tasty Green Beans is a unique green bean recipe with only five ingredients including canned green beans and ground beef.  You can easily dress up green beans with this simple green bean dish.

Notes

  • Use Cut Green Beans instead of French Style Green Beans. 
  • Be sure to drain the juices from the canned green beans. 
  • Canned green beans from the garden work for this ground beef and green bean recipe too. 
  • For extra flavor, add diced onions and/or garlic to the ground beef while browning. 
  • If you want to stretch the recipe a bit farther, use three 14.5 ounce cans of green beans instead of two cans.
  • Substitute tomato sauce for tomato juice, if needed.
  • Love green beans? Try our Dutch Pennsylvania Green Bean Casserole

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4 Comments

  1. I’m fairly sure my mom also threw potatoes in there. Such a memory from growing up! I can still taste it. 🙂

    Also, love those crazy daisies. I have a full set still being used daily!

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