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Sauteed green beans with bacon, veggies and spicy peppers is delicious and easy to prepare. Make this recipe to replace green bean casserole!
I’m going to show you how to cook fresh green beans in a way that will wake up your taste buds. This veggie side dish is full of flavor, and it doesn’t take very long to make.
Plus, it can be made ahead, saving you time on a busy holiday!
I created this recipe based on the Famous Dave’s green beans side dish. The flavor is outstanding!
Sauteed green beans vs. green bean casserole
I think some people make green bean casserole because they think they’re supposed to. After all, maybe it’s been a holiday side dish in your family for generations.
But honestly, is it really necessary? Any side dish that takes away oven space from your sausage dressing and holiday turkey seems like more trouble than it’s worth.
Sure, you can make slow cooker green bean casserole, but that steals kitchen counter space.
I hope you’ll try this green beans recipe. If not for a holiday like Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, make it for dinner on a weeknight. Fresh green beans are definitely tastier than anything from a can.
And who knows? Maybe this will become your new favorite dinner side dish.
How to make the recipe
1. Cook the bacon
The quickest way to make this dish is to cook the bacon in a skillet on the stove (you’ll need the bacon grease, too). This allows you to make the entire recipe using just one pan.
However, if you plan on doubling or tripling this recipe, or you want to make the bacon in advance, then bake the bacon in oven.
Then, store the cooled grease in the fridge until it’s time to make the recipe. After that, chop the bacon and store it in a ziptop baggie in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
After it cooks, remove the bacon from the pan and place it onto a double layer of paper towels to drain. Leave the grease in the pan.
2. Add and cook the bell peppers, jalapeno and onions.
Use caution when placing the diced veggies into the pan; the bacon grease is hot and may splatter.
3. Stir in the green beans.
Although I haven’t tested it, you can try making this recipe using frozen green beans instead of fresh. According to this article, frozen veggies are just as healthy as fresh.
Regardless, I like to use fresh veggies whenever possible.
How to cook fresh green beans
Using fresh may seem like a chore, but it really isn’t difficult. The most difficult part is trimming the ends off, and guess what? You don’t have to snap them off one at a time!
To trim a bunch of beans quickly:
- Place a handful of beans side by side on a cutting board. If possible, use use the ones that are similar in length.
- Hold a sharp knife in one hand and use your other hand to hold the veggies down on the cutting board.
- Carefully cut the tips off one end, then use your hand to turn the bunch around and trim the ends off the other side.
4. Stir in cooked bacon and serve!
How spicy is this side dish?
In my opinion, this dish has the perfect blend of spicy heat. Not a fan of spicy food? I promise, it’s not very spicy at all. We just use a pinch of red pepper flakes, and the salty bacon pairs perfectly with it.
Even my family members, who are not spicy food fans, love the spicy sautéed green beans.
Of course, if you are a huge fan of spicy food (ahem….like yours truly) then feel free to add an extra pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
Spicy Sauteed Green Beans
Perfectly cooked and full of flavor from the bacon, onions, and chili peppers, these spicy sauteed green beans make the PERFECT side dish!
- 1 pound green beans
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked (grease reserved)
- 2 tbsp bacon grease
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/2 jalapeno, seeded, ribs removed, and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Ground black pepper
- Snap the stem ends of the green beans, wash, and set aside.
- Cook bacon in a large skillet until fully cooked and crisp. Remove bacon from pan to drain on paper towels.
- Add chopped onion, red bell pepper, and jalapeno to bacon grease in a skillet over medium heat and cook just until the onions are soft and starting to caramelize. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
- Add the green beans and cook until the beans turn bright green, about a minute or so. Add the chicken broth, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Turn the heat to low and cover the skillet with a lid (leave the lid cracked slightly to allow steam to escape). Cook until the liquid evaporates and the beans are fairly soft, but still a bit crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Roughly chop cooled bacon and top finished beans before serving!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 735mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g
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Originally published: 3/27/13 Updated: 10/13/20
Otilia Incontro says
Can I cook these green beans time ahead?
Wendy O'Neal says
Hi Otilia, They do reheat well. I’d slightly undercook the beans so they aren’t mush when you reheat them.
Cynthia C says
These would make a nice side for my holiday dinner. Thanks!
Mmm looks yummy! I love anything with bacon and love that these have a kick.
Debra Givens Wagner says
Gotta try these…I love everything thats hot or spicy and this looks great!
Rahul Sharma says
Yummy..It looks very tasty. I am going to try this one.
Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂
Have a Nice Day!
I Wash You Dry says
I made these for Easter, except I didn’t have the red bell pepper and I didn’t use any of the bacon… they were a HIT!! Everyone loved them, and I bet they would be killer with all the extras I left out. Thanks!! 🙂
So glad you like them Shawn! You have to try them with the bacon….they’re killer that way!
“Wow, Firecracker Green Beans? Delicious! Looks like fun for the kids especially because it allows us to play with other additional ingredients like cheese and because it has bacon! Can’t wait to try it out. “
This has got to be the best green bean recipe ever! Love the bacon and the use of the bacon drippings. And of course the addition of the jalapeno sounds delicious!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
These sound SO good. I know my daughter would love them too!
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says
Yum yum yum! Love green beans!
Belinda @zomppa says
Love green beans, especially with a bit of heat and bacon!
I think everything is better with bacon, Belinda. 🙂
Scarlet Paolicchi says
These look tasty & really versatile! I can’t wait to give them a try!
I’ve added this page to my StumbleUpon. 🙂
Thanks Scarlet! We just bought 6lbs of green beans to make them for Easter….can’t wait!