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

Sweet and Spicy Carrots and Green Beans

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
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.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, German
Servings: 4
Calories: 238


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Carrots and Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 746mg31%
Potassium 475mg14%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 9912IU198%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: easy vegetable recipes, green beans recipes with bacon