Looking for the perfect holiday side that’s packing a little heat? These Chili Buttered Green Beans and Almonds are the perfect thing to make this holiday season.
When you want a little extra flavor to your everyday green beans, this is just what you want to whip up. Forget the boring, plain green beans, these beans have a little extra flavor from the chili and butter, plus a nice crunch from the almonds.
I’ve been adding nuts to more of my cooking in recent months. I love the texture and taste they add and not only to desserts! I’ve been adding them to salads and yogurt, and now wonderful side dishes.
Why You’ll Love This Side Dish Recipe
- Delicious enough to be a holiday dish, but simple enough to be a weeknight dinner side
- Various textures from the beans and then the almonds
- Great way to get in more veggies and lowering cholesterol
- Ready in just 20 minutes
- You just need 5 simple ingredients
- Chili flakes
- Green beans
- Sliced almonds
How to Make Chili Buttered Green Beans and Almonds
- Step One: Roast almonds in a shallow baking pan in a 350ºF oven for 5 minutes. Set aside.
- Step Two: Blanch green beans in boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Drain. Then immediately put the beans in a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.
- Step Three: Add butter and chili flakes to a sauce pan and heat over medium low to melt. Add the green beans and almonds and toss. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot.
Helpful Kitchen Equipment Needed
This post contains affiliate links.
What to Serve with Green Beans
This easy fall side dish goes with just about anything! Here are a few of our favorite mains and other side dishes to serve alongside this vegetable recipe:
Helpful Tips and Tricks
- You can blanch the green beans ahead of time to make this easy side dish recipe even faster.
- Always prep and clean your green beans before cooking with them. To do this, simply rinse and pat the green beans dry then snip the ends if desired. It’s important to know that some of the fresh beans you get at the store may already have the ends snapped off.
- You can leave the fresh green beans whole, or cut them into smaller pieces before cooking them.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- If you don’t want to use the butter, you can use olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, or even ghee. You can also use flavored garlic butter in place of plain butter for added flavor.
- For more of a southern green bean and almonds flavor, you can add some cooked diced onion and some leftover cooked bacon bits or crumbled up strips of bacon.
- Feel free to add ham hocks or leftover ham to your green beans to increase the protein count for this side dish recipe.
- You can use pre cut or pre sliced almonds or you can buy whole almonds and slice or cut them yourself. We like to do this on occasion. Then there’s more for us to snack on as we make them, without feeling guilty like you’re eating the more expensive almonds that you are supposed to be using in this fantastic Green Beans with Almonds side dish recipe.
Leftover green beans and almonds should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
When reheating the green beans, we like to add some more butter to coat them again and really enhance and brighten that flavor up again.
You can reheat these beans and nuts in the microwave, or toss them back in a saucepan to reheat them on the stovetop until they are all warmed through thoroughly again.
Can I Freeze This?
Great question! Yes, excitingly enough, you can freeze leftovers.
Since this is a great recipe for holidays or feeding a crowd since it’s so easy to double or triple and scale to make more, we like to make a big batch of this recipe and freeze some to have on hand for later.
This is a great way to make dinner time easier in the future by putting in a little extra work now. Trust me, it’s well worth it to have a tasty side dish ready to be thawed and reheated later when you’re in a time crunch or just want something simple and healthy for dinner.
What else can I add to these green beans?
Other sliced or chopped nuts and more sliced almonds are my immediate go to for this recipe. When I want to bulk this recipe up some more, those are things I like to add in.
Not feeling super nutty? There are a ton of other additional options to choose from.
You could also add in some sliced cherry tomatoes, and garnish with some parmesan cheese, romano cheese, or even some shredded mozzarella cheese on top. If you choose to go the cheese route, I suggest popping it in the oven on broil to really melt the cheese over top of the beans for a real hit!
Why did my green beans turn out tough or chewy?
If after you cooked your green beans you find that they’re chewy, tough or stringy, this usually happens because the fresh green beans were picked too late.
Usually that means they’re past their most fresh point, so, unfortunately, there’s not much more you can do to fix it, especially after you have cooked the beans.
More Green Bean Recipes
Want a few more ways to prepare your green beans? Here you go:
- Green Bean and Tomato Salad
- Green Bean Casserole
- Green Beans with Warm Pistachio Vinaigrette (see nuts really go well with green beans!)
- Southern Style Green Beans
You’ll also like this Ice Cream Pie.
Follow me on Instagram @simplystacieblog, Facebook at Simply Stacie, TikTok @simplystacierecipes or Pinterest at @simplystacie and let me know how you liked this recipe and my other recipes.
If you make the recipe, rate it on the recipe card below and tag me on Instagram and use #simplystacie. I like sharing the photos on my Instagram stories!
- ½ cup salted butter
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
- 8oz green beans, ends trimmed (about 2 cups)
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- Salt, to taste
- Roast almonds in a shallow baking pan in a 350ºF oven for 5 minutes. Set aside.
- Blanch green beans in boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Drain. Then immediately put the beans in a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.
- Add butter and chili flakes to a sauce pan and heat over medium low to melt. Add the green beans and almonds and toss. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 329mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g