These harissa green beans with tomatoes are so full of flavor and the tomatoes cook down making the most delicious sauce for all of the flavors to come together. If you are looking for a delicious and easy green bean side dish recipe, this one is it.
Now I know many people don't get excited about green beans but let me tell you, these harissa green beans with tomatoes are so delicious. If you give green beans lots of flavor and cook them properly, they are really delicious.
I made these originally to find a way to use up the leftover Harissa we had in our house from another recipe. Harissa and tomatoes are a great pairing and so this recipe was born.
I make some combination of green beans all summer long because I grow both of them in my garden and I always get a big bounty.
These harissa green beans are now one of my favorite ways to enjoy green beans and tomatoes together and it really is very simple to make.
- Harissa. I prefer to use a mild harissa but you can use a spicy harissa if you like spicy.
- Green beans. Make sure you are using fresh green beans for this recipe. Frozen will turn mushy and not hold up to the sauteing.
- Fresh garlic.
- Red wine vinegar. You could also use white vinegar or rice wine vinegar.
- Kosher salt.
- Sugar. This is optional and is listed because some brands of harissa can have a bitter note. When you taste the dish at the end, if you feel it needs a touch of sugar, go ahead and add it!
The only special ingredient in this list is the harissa. You can easily find this in most grocery stores and it is wonderful to use on other things like chicken and red meat.
How to make
When you are making these green beans, you want to cook down the onions in some olive oil first. After that you begin adding the green beans and cook for a couple minutes, then the harissa and tomatoes.
When you add the harissa, you want to cook that in the pan with the green beans to help heat up the harissa and warm the harissa spices.
Once the tomatoes are added to the green beans and harissa, you want to cover the pot and let it lightly simmer for about 4-5 minutes so the tomatoes release their juices and the green beans cook through.
Tip: If the tomatoes you are using are drier and don't have a lot of juice, you can add about ¼ cup of water to the tomatoes in the pan to help the tomatoes break down a bit and also to help steam the green beans.
If you are looking to jazz up green beans, adding bold spices to them is the best way. Adding harissa and tomatoes to this recipe will really add so much flavor to green beans.
Green beans are great mixed with tomatoes, peppers, onions, bold spices and garlic just to name a few.
A little bold spice like harissa, tomatoes, garlic, and onion in this recipe will really add so much flavor to green beans.
If you love this harissa green beans recipe, you may also like these ideas of what to serve with them:
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Harissa Green Beans With Tomatoes
- 1 lb Green beans Fresh not frozen
- 3 medium tomatoes quartered
- ¼ cup White onion finely chopped
- 3 tablespoon Harissa
- 2 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
- In a large saute pan over medium heat, add the olive oil.1 tablespoon olive oil
- Now add the onion and cook for about 2 minutes until softened.¼ cup White onion
- Add green beans to the pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.1 lb Green beans
- Now add the harissa and garlic and cook for 1 minute.3 tablespoon Harissa, 3 cloves garlic
- Add vinegar and allow the vinegar to reduce for 1 minute.2 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
- Add quartered tomatoes and salt and stir well.3 medium tomatoes, 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Place lid on the pan and simmer for about 5 minutes. Check to make sure the tomatoes have released enough juices in the pan for the green beans to cook in. If the variety of tomatoes you are using is a little drier, add ¼ cup of water.
- After 5 minutes, check that the green beans are tender. If they you prefer them cooked down more just add a few minutes of cooking time with the lid on.
- Taste for any additional salt and if the harissa you used tastes bitter, add a pinch of sugar and mix well.
- Serve immediately.
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