Green beans, crispy bits of pan-fried bacon, and tender onions all come together with sugar and apple cider vinegar for a sweet and sour side dish that takes the traditional green bean recipe our grandmother used to make and turns it on its head in the most delicious way. These green beans are the unfailing friend of any occasion, from weeknight suppers to holiday feasts. You can easily triple the batch and freeze the leftovers to have on hand for those busy days.

By Christy Jordan,


Credit: Jennifer Davic

Recipe Summary

27 mins
27 mins
Serves 8 to 10


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook bacon and onion in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring often, 6 to 8 minutes or until browned. Transfer bacon mixture to a plate, reserving drippings in Dutch oven.

  • Cook beans in hot drippings, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or to desired degree of tenderness. Stir in vinegar, sugar, and bacon mixture. Cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Season with salt and pepper to taste