Secret Recipes Club: Sweet Chili Green Beans with Bacon (A Healthy Low Carb Side Dish!)

I have a new favorite healthy side dish. Not surprisingly, it involves bacon.Sweet chili greens beans, topped with sesame seeds, caramelized onion, and bacon crumbles. Mm-mm good!


Peggy over at My Fiance Likes It So It Must Be Good (isn’t that a fun blog name?) came up with this gluten-free decadent veggie side dish featuring bacon and onion with an Asian flavor twist. Crisp-tender cooked green beans get their mild heat and sweet flavor from a couple of fresh poblano peppers, minced ginger, and a dash of Thai chili sauce. It’s an addictive fusion of flavors that will have you coming back for more!
The recipe requires a few steps, but it came together quickly after I got the bacon cooking in my new cast iron skillet. I did have to cook everything for a bit longer than the recipe notes stated since the bacon burned when I tried cooking it over medium-high heat. I substituted ginger powder for fresh ginger, and red poblano peppers for the Thai chilis Peggy used. Instead of “sweet chili sauce,” I used a hot chili sauce I found in the Asian section of the grocery store that has 0 grams of carbohydrates according to the label. Any chili sauce that contains garlic and rice vinegar in the ingredients will do the job. I added erythritol and a pinch of stevia to the hot chili sauce to create my own sweet chili sauce in a pinch. You can use any sugar-free sweetener you like here. Finally, I’d recommend you stick to the amount of bacon grease she uses here (1 tablespoon) instead of leaving extra in the pan, thinking that more fat equals more flavor. As delicious as bacon grease is, the taste of the green beans can become too oily rather quickly, especially if you top the dish with a drizzle of sesame oil. Strain and save that extra bacon grease in a cup for frying eggs!
Sweet Chili Green Beans
Adapted from a recipe at My Fiance Likes It So It Must Be Good
Serves 4-6 
1 lb. green beans, trimmed
4 strips of bacon, chopped
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced OR 1 ¼ teaspoons ginger powder
3 thai chiles, minced, OR 2 poblano peppers, seeds removed and minced
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce OR 4 teaspoons hot chili sauce + 2 teaspoons sugar-free sweetener
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1/4 c. water
sesame oil, optional
toasted sesame seeds, optional
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add green beans and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until beans are a bright green.  Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes.  Drain on paper towel-lined plate and set aside.  Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pan. Add onion, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the ginger, minced pepper, chili sauce, fish sauce, and water.  Add green beans and toss to coat. Saute for 8-10 minutes, until water evaporates, the sauce thickens, and the beans become tender.
Stir in bacon and garnish plated green beans with sesame oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, if desired.
I made this dish as a newly inducted member of the Secret Recipes Club!

28 Comments on Secret Recipes Club: Sweet Chili Green Beans with Bacon (A Healthy Low Carb Side Dish!)

  1. MIchelle
    August 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm (11 years ago)

    This sounds delicious, regardless of how healthy it is! Bring on the bacon!

  2. Lisa~~
    August 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm (11 years ago)

    Looks like a great way to enjoy green beans.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

  3. Alissa
    August 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm (11 years ago)

    anything with bacon and chili sounds like a winner to me! yummy 🙂

  4. Lizzy
    August 16, 2011 at 12:16 am (11 years ago)

    Great choice for the SRC…these beans look wonderful! I'm a big fan of Peggy's blog, too~

  5. Peggy
    August 16, 2011 at 1:52 am (11 years ago)

    Ahh, perfect choice! And thanks for the heads up on the directions – I edited them to say medium to medium high heat (everybody's stoves are different) so that burning of bacon does not occur any more!

    And great sub with the poblanos – definitely going to try it that way next time =)

  6. Tami
    August 16, 2011 at 4:11 am (11 years ago)

    Oh yes! Love this dish! Great choice of recipes!

  7. Sara
    August 16, 2011 at 6:26 am (11 years ago)

    This dish looks amazing. I love green beans and always love to try new ways to make them…especially if it has bacon! Yum.

  8. heidi
    August 16, 2011 at 7:08 am (11 years ago)

    Beautiful picture! The beans look so fresh and crunchy – well done!

  9. Rachel
    August 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm (11 years ago)

    I love any recipe with bacon on it. Great choice for the club.

  10. Dan
    August 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm (11 years ago)

    I've never had the combination of sesame and bacon – sounds interesting!

  11. Cindy
    August 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm (11 years ago)

    Wow, these look yummy. I have some garden fresh beans in my fridge just waiting for a recipe like this. Thanks.

  12. Kate
    August 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm (11 years ago)

    I have an abundance of green beans on hand. This will be a great one to try!

  13. Sara
    August 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm (11 years ago)

    I love green beans and this looks like a wonderful treatment for them! plus, it's beautiful in presentation! Can't wait for reveal day for my group next week! Welcome to the SRC!

    August 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm (11 years ago)

    Lovely colourful salad.

  15. Vivian - Let's Try These...
    August 17, 2011 at 3:10 am (11 years ago)

    bacon… how can it be bad if it has bacon??? Great job! Have this one bookmarked to try!

  16. Vivian - Let's Try These...
    August 17, 2011 at 3:10 am (11 years ago)

    bacon… how can it be bad if it has bacon??? Great job! Have this one bookmarked to try!

  17. Lisa
    August 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm (11 years ago)

    This just proves it. Everything is better with bacon, even healthy food 😉 Looks amazing!

  18. Noelle
    August 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm (11 years ago)

    Great pick! It looks so fresh and delicious!!! Good entry for the SRC!

  19. Susie Bee on Maui
    August 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm (11 years ago)

    What a beautiful dish! I'm sure the bacon makes it great. Nice SRC pick.

  20. Jennifer Sikora
    August 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm (11 years ago)

    This looks AWESOME! Gonna bookmark this to make at a later date.

    Thanks for sharing


  21. Maria
    August 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm (11 years ago)

    LOVE This! I've been on a green bean kick lately too with this baby's odd cravings. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    August 23, 2011 at 4:39 am (11 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing such a nice and delicious recipe. I like it very much and it seems to be very yummy in taste.

  23. AJ
    September 1, 2011 at 2:37 am (11 years ago)

    LOVE it…!

    Accidentally seared the onions a bit much, but it actually turned out great because they had a slight crisp to them. Matt likes things REALLY spicy, so he added some Sriracha (chili pepper paste, I'm sure you've used or seen it before, way better alternative to Tabasco or Cholula).

  24. stephanie
    February 17, 2012 at 4:00 am (11 years ago)

    These are amazing. Totally addictive. Can't wait to make them again. Thanks so much!

  25. Anonymous
    April 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm (10 years ago)

    Looks yum! cant wait to try ithis recipe. mynhusband likesmthings spicy, but turns his nose up at fresh green beans.Have you tried baking your bacon? It’s always perfect. For easier clean up we place our bacon on parchment paper. Trim the parchment paper the size of the pan. 350 oven. Good luck!

    • Lauren B.
      May 16, 2013 at 3:16 am (10 years ago)

      Thanks for the tasty tip! Will try baking my bacon – sounds fabulously easy! 😀