Spicy Green Beans

"You can buy chili oil in Asian markets or in the ethnic foods section of the supermarket. You can also substitute with olive oil and a pinch of red chili flakes or use recipe #175117. Most of the recipe can be made in advance, and you can quickly finish the beans at the last minute. This is from Firehouse Food: Cooking with San Francisco's Firefighters. Edit: You may want to start with 1 tablespoon of chili oil and adjust to your liking."
Spicy Green Beans created by Engrossed
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  • 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 ounces thick-cut pepper bacon, diced
  • 1 -2 tablespoon hot chili oil (to your liking)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with water and ice.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beans to the ice bath; this will stop the cooking process so that the beans remain crisp. When the beans have cooled, transfer them to a colander and allow them to drain completely. Spread them on paper towels to dry. Set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the bacon and continue to cook for 5 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the onion is golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon and onion to a plate lined with paper towels, leaving as much fat in the pan as possible. Discard the fat, wipe the skillet with a paper towel, and put the pan back on the heat. Add the chili oil and the green beans; saute the green beans for 3 minutes. Toss in the bacon mixture, stirring until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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  1. clayttany
    This is our go-to recipe for a quick and easy dinner. I lived in China for 4 months and my husband lived in Taiwan for 2 years so whenever we are craving some authentic tasting spicy green beans we always make these!! Delicious!
  2. MarraMamba
    These were delicious. really enjoyed them, sorry the review is late i thought had i put it in. Made for 123 tag in games forum.
  3. Engrossed
    Spicy Green Beans Created by Engrossed
  4. Engrossed
    HOT! This is a nicely flavored green bean dish but I know for next time not to use so much chili oil! I boiled my green beans for a couple of minutes and then put them straight into a colander and sprayed them down with cold water. I had to use regular bacon but compensated with lots of fresh ground pepper at the end. My green beans turned out perfect bright green and crisp tender. Made for 1-2-3 hit wonders.
  5. Mamas Kitchen Hope
    Spicy Green Beans Created by Mamas Kitchen Hope



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