Lebanese Green Beans with Tomatoes

4.24 from 56 votes

A classic vegetarian Lebanese side dish recipe, green beans are slowly simmered in tomatoes and warm spices including cinnamon and allspice.

Lebanese Green Beans with Tomatoes in a bowl

Comfort food means different things to different people. For me and my family, the most comforting dishes are the Lebanese recipes of my childhood, passed down over the generations.

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holding a bowl with cooked green beans and tomatoes

While Lebanese stewed green beans are typically made with beef and served over rice pilaf, we also enjoy eating them as a vegetarian side dish topped with a dollop of plain yogurt or cucumber laban.

Lebanese Stewed Green Beans with Tomatoes a healthy side dish recipe

The star of the dish is the rich tomato sauce seasoned with warm Lebanese spices including cinnamon and allspice. For a Greek twist, you could also try adding fresh dill.

cooked green beans and tomatoes in a bowl

Frequently asked questions:

What pairs well with green beans and tomatoes?

Lebanese green beans would be delicious with Chicken Tawook, Beef Kafta, or my Hummus with Ground Lamb. Serve with a Middle Eastern Syrian Salad dressed in lemon and garlic and dinner is done.

What is tomato sauce?

For our international readers, tomato sauce in the US is basically pureed tomatoes.

Using your own spice blend:

If looking to do your own spice blend I would suggest doing 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and pinch ground allspice plus salt.

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📖 Recipe

Lebanese Green Beans with Tomatoes in a bowl

Lebanese Green Beans with Tomatoes

4.24 from 56 votes
A classic vegetarian Lebanese side dish recipe, green beans are slowly simmered in tomatoes and warm spices including cinnamon and allspice.
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 20 mins
TOTAL: 25 mins
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Servings: 4

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Heat clarified butter over medium high heat and saute onion until translucent, about 7-9 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in green beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and Lebanese spices. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer until beans are tender, about 20-30 minutes or longer if you wish.

Notes

What is tomato sauce?

Tomato sauce in the US is basically pureed tomatoes.

If I want to use my own spice blend what do you suggest?

I would do 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and pinch ground allspice plus salt.

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 20.9gProtein: 3.8gFat: 3.9gSaturated Fat: 0.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.3gSodium: 1006mgFiber: 4.4gSugar: 6.9g
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56 thoughts on “Lebanese Green Beans with Tomatoes”

    1. Yes you can! It might not taste as fresh, but green beans and tomato sauce both freeze well. Depending on what other sides and dishes you'll be serving, doubling the recipe should be enough for 12 people.

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