Green Beans with Caramelized Onions

Probably about ten years ago a teacher friend and I were discussing side dishes for Thanksgiving, and she told me that her family always requested these Green Beans with Caramelized Onions. She gave me the recipe, and I made it that year for my family at Thanksgiving, and it has often been requested at my house ever since. This is a very easy recipe that doesn't require any great cooking skills. If you can operate a can opener, you're on your way with this one.

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions
4 or 5 (14.5 ounce each) cans whole green beans
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 - 10 slices cooked bacon
Salt and pepper to taste

Drain most of the liquid off the green beans, reserving only about 1/2 cup liquid. Bring green beans to a boil in a large pot, then turn down to a low simmer. Saute onion in bacon grease (or olive oil) until tender, then add brown sugar to onion. Cook and stir on low heat until sugar and onion begin to caramelize. Pour the onion and sugar mixture into the simmering beans. Crumble bacon into the beans, add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for a few more minutes.

Saute the onions until tender.

Cook and stir the onions and sugar over low heat until caramelized, then pour this mixture into the simmering beans along with the crumbled bacon.

There are two things that I do a little differently from the original recipe as it was given to me. The original recipe called for 1 cup of brown sugar. I have cut that down to 1/2 cup, but if you want your beans sweeter, you may want to add more brown sugar. Also, after adding the onions, sugar, and bacon, I simmer the beans for a short while, but the original recipe indicated to simmer for 1 hour, so however you decide to prepare these beans, I think your family will love them.

They might even forget they are eating a vegetable.


  1. That sounds delicious. I could probably eat the entire batch all by myself. I love caramelized onions.

  2. They look yummy! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I just love Green Beans and Onions. I will have to try your recipe, I have never tried the brown sugar, that will be a nice addition. Hope you are having a great week and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Just like my mom used to make 'em! Love bacon in beans. Thank you for linking these!

  5. I love green beans...can't wait to try this recipe.Yum!