Sweet and Sour Green Beans in a white baking dish with a side of cornbread
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5 from 3 votes

Southern Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Sweet and Sour Green Beans is definitely one delicious green bean recipe that deserves a place of honor in your repertoire of "go-to" green bean recipes. So it's move over Green Bean Casserole, there is a new green bean side-dish in town!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: green bean recipes for Thanksgiving, how to cook canned green beans
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cans cut green beans 14.5 oz cans, low sodium
  • 8 oz water chestnuts sliced
  • 1/2 white onion medium, sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Pan fry the bacon in a large oven-safe saute pan over medium-low heat and frequently turn for about 10 minutes or until it is browned and crispy. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Leave the drippings in the pan.
  • Add sugar and vinegar and stir until they are well combined. Add the onions and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add two cans of green beans, one drained and one not drained, and add the can of drained sliced water chestnuts. Combine and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Crumble the bacon and add it to the green bean mixture. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately!


Sharon's Expert Tips:
Southern Sweet and Sour Green Beans are delicious either warm or at room temperature.
You can also make Southern Sweet and Sour Green Beans up to 24 hours ahead and simply reheat before serving.
You can substitute fresh cooked or frozen cooked green beans for the canned green beans, but you might have to add about 1/2-3/4 cup of water or chicken broth to make up for the liquid in the canned green beans.
Canned green beans are very versatile and if you are in a hurry, and need to get a vegetable on the table, the quickest and easiest way to cook canned green beans is on the stove. Simply drain the can of beans and add to a skillet over medium heat with about a tablespoon of butter or bacon grease. Once warmed through, add your choice of salt, garlic powder, a tablespoon or so of pesto, lemon zest, crumbled bacon, cherry tomatoes which have been halved or parmesan cheese and serve


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg