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side shot of cooked green beans, carrots, and apples, topped with diced bacon.

Sweet and Spicy Carrots and Green Beans

Katerina | Diethood
Sweet and Spicy Carrots and Green Beans are an easy, healthy side dish that’s loaded with flavor! Tart apples and thick-cut bacon are a knockout alongside tender fresh veggies and a sweet and sour sauce.
Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • ½ pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ pound fresh green beans, washed, ends trimmed, and each bean cut in half
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 granny smith apple, core removed, peel on, and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the cut carrots and green beans to the boiling water and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the veggies are just tender.
  • Drain.
  • In the meantime, set a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat and heat it up until hot.
  • Add the diced bacon to the skillet and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until just starting to crisp up.
  • Stir in the diced onions and cook for 3 minutes, or until softened.
  • Stir in the apple slices, hot sauce, and brown sugar; cover and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and green beans to the skillet; stir and cover, and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until heated through and tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper; taste for salt and adjust accordingly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Serve.


Calories: 238 kcal | Carbohydrates: 22 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 24 mg | Sodium: 746 mg | Potassium: 475 mg | Fiber: 5 g | Sugar: 13 g | Vitamin A: 9912 IU | Vitamin C: 19 mg | Calcium: 54 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 17 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, German
Keyword: easy vegetable recipes, green beans recipes with bacon