Green Beans with Tomatoes
I love these braised Green Beans with Tomatoes flavored with olives and capers, and this is a delicious way to use fresh green beans!
For years I used to love having a garden where I could grow a lot of my own vegetables, so I know that keeping up with garden vegetables can be a challenge and if you’re not diligent vegetables quickly grow too big. Green beans were always the plant I’d have the hardest time with; they come on so quickly that often when I picked them I’d find a bunch of over-sized green beans.
If you have garden where the beans sometimes get a little too big, this recipe for Green Beans with Tomatoes is a good method for making larger beans tender. The method used here of braising the green beans on low with canned tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and capers will tenderize the beans and also create amazing flavor.
I’m mentioning that just as a public service announcement, since the pictures in these photos are those thin green beans from Costco! But whether you have fresh garden green beans or buy them at the store or farmers market, Green Beans with Tomatoes is always an amazing way to cook fresh green beans!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- fresh green beans
- minced fresh garlic or Minced Garlic (affiliate link) from a jar
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- canned petite diced tomatoes
- Pitted Kalamata Olives (affiliate link)
- Capers (affiliate link)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Do you have to use Kalamata olives for the Green Beans with Tomatoes?
I know the slightly bitter flavor of Kalamata olives is appealing for many people, and I love them myself. But if those aren’t a hit at your house, I would just make this recipe with regular black olives.
What canned tomatoes did we use for Green Beans with Tomatoes?
We made this recipe with regular petite diced tomatoes, with no added seasonings. But if you wanted to use Italian seasoned diced canned tomatoes, or fire-roasted canned tomatoes, those would also be delicious.
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How to make Green Beans with Tomatoes:
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- Trim the end of one pound of fresh green beans. (I trim by standing up a handful of beans in my hand, then laying them down and cutting off the ends. Then repeat with the other end.)
- Mince fresh garlic, measure Capers (affiliate link), and coarsely chop 8 Kalamata olives.
- Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet, saute garlic, then add beans and toss to coat with hot oil.
- Add canned tomatoes and juice, Kalamata olives, capers, and water and bring beans to a simmer. Cook on low until beans are tender.
- Remove lid, increase heat a little and cook until the liquid is mostly evaporated.
- Serve hot. You can sprinkle with some chopped fresh herbs if desired, but next time I wouldn’t bother with that.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
The Green Beans with Tomatoes would be great with Very Greek Grilled Chicken, Air Fryer Marinated Chicken Breasts, Paprika Chicken, Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Capers, or Artichoke Chicken Bake for a low-carb meal.
More Recipes for Fresh Green Beans:
- Lemony Green Beans
- Roasted Green Beans with Mushroom, Balsamic, and Parmesan
- Garlicky Green Beans Stir Fry
- Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds
- 1 lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed
- 2 tsp. finely minced fresh garlic
- 1 T olive oil
- one 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
- 8 Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
- 2 T capers
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Trim or cut ends from greens beans. (I do this by standing up a handful of beans, letting them fall down to the cutting board so ends are lined up, then trimming across the end with a knife; repeat with the other end.)
- Coarsely chop the Kalamata olives and mince the garlic.
- Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet with a lid, using medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook about 1 minute, just until the garlic is getting fragrant.
- Add the beans and stir until beans are all coated with the hot oil.
- Add the canned tomatoes with juice, chopped Kalamata olives, capers, and 2 T water.
- Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until beans are just starting to get tender. I checked them and stirred a few times. (If you have bigger beans, they will take a little longer to cook.)
- When beans are barely tender, remove lid, raise heat to medium, and cook cook until any remaining liquid is evaporated, probably not longer than a minute or two.
- Season beans with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste, and serve hot.
Recipe from Vegetables Every Day by Jack Bishop, one of my most well-used cookbooks. (affiliate link)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 417mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
These Green Beans with Tomatoes are a perfect side dish for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, or any type of low-carb eating plan, and the tasty beans are also vegan and gluten-free.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe for braising green beans with tomatoes was first posted in 2010 when I had lots of green beans in my garden. It was last updated with more information in 2023.