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Louisiana Green Beans

Louisiana Green Beans

Bring some authentic Southern cooking to your dinner table with this delicious side dish. Add your favorite cajun seasoning or hot sauce for a kick.

Number of servings: 4
Serving size: 1/4 of recipe


1/4 cup onion, chopped

1/4 cup green pepper, chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 16-ounce cans green beans,drained

1 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes


Time needed: 15 minutes preparation

  1. Drain the liquid from the green beans. Rinse with water.
  2. Put the green beans in a saucepan. Add enough water to cover them.
  3. Cook the green beans on low heat until heated thoroughly. Then drain off the water.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a skillet.
  5. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, until the onion and celery is tender and the food is hot.

Nutritional information

Calories 70
Total Fat: 1 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 g
Sodium: 580 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 13 g
Dietary Fiber: 6 g
Sugar: 5 g
Protein: 3 g

Allergens: None noted

Tips and variations

Use low-sodium canned green beans and tomatoes to lower the sodium.

To add more Louisiana-style flavor, add 1 teaspoon of your favorite cajun seasoning or hot sauce to taste.

Turn this into a complete meal by adding 1 cup of cooked, chopped ham or smoked sausage into the skillet with the other ingredients. Serve the mixture over brown rice.


This was adapted from the United States Department of Agriculture's Louisiana Green Beans (no date; What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl).

Related resources

Green bean saute — Make this recipe whenever you have canned or fresh green beans on hand. It goes great with any main entree.

Chopping or Dicing Celery (PDF) — Get instructions on the best way to prepare celery.

Liven Up Your Meals with Vegetables and FruitsUnited States Department of Agriculture — Discover the many benefits of adding vegetables and fruits to your meals. Part of theĀ 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series. English | español

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