Sauteed Green beans with Lemony Chorizo Breadcrumbs

Sauteed fresh green beans topped with crispy breadcrumbs flavored with lemon zest and chorizo.

These were so good.  I loved the bits of chorizo in it.  Sauteed Green Beans with Lemony Chorizo Breadcrumbs Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Side Dish


Don’t even think about green bean casserole. Forget it, banish it from your mind.  One bite of my Sautéed Green Beans with Lemony Chorizo Breadcrumbs and you will never ever want green bean casserole again.These are fresh, crispy and “chorizo-ey” good.  It’s amazing what a few browned bits of meaty deliciousness can do for green beans.  They can even make a green bean hating person, like my husband, give it a try, and say “not too bad”.  That is huge!  I mean really huge.  He usually won’t even put a green bean on his plate let alone in his mouth.

My poor hubby physically shivers at the thought of green beans.  It is so funny.  Me, being the supportive wife, always laughs like crazy when he does.  It’s a green bean, it’s not a monster or something that is going to kill you.  He may be a grown man; but give him a green bean and he is back to a little boy not wanting to eat his veggies.  Needless to say, we only have green beans when he is not home for dinner.

I could eat green beans this way everyday.  I especially love the haricot vert beans.  I am so happy I can find them regularly in my local grocery store now.  I’m thinking I might be able to turn my hubby into a green bean lover with this recipe.  Don’t tell him.  I’m going to work on it.

These were so good.  I loved the bits of chorizo in it.  Sauteed Green Beans with Lemony Chorizo Breadcrumbs Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Side Dish
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Sauteed Green beans with Lemony Chorizo Breadcrumbs
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 oz. finely diced Spanish Chorizo (it's dried)
  • ½ tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. haricot vert green beans
  • ¼ cup minced Onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh Bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Place breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes.
  3. Place on nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook chorizo until crumbly. Turn off the heat.
  4. Add breadcrumbs and lemon zest and mix well. Pour into a small bowl.
  5. Wipe out the pan and return to medium high heat with ½ tsp. olive oil. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent.
  6. Add green beans and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer for about 7 minutes.
  7. Add butter and salt.
  8. Place haricot vert on a plate and sprinkle chorizo bread crumbs on top.
Nutritional value per serving: Cal 108/Fat 6 grams/Carbs 13 grams/Fiber 5 grams/Protein 4 grams

Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ of recipe
Happy Healthy Eating,


Make ahead tips:

  1. Make the bread crumbs a day or two ahead.  I keep fresh bread crumbs in the freezer.
  2. Brown chorizo a day ahead.
  3. Wash green beans a day ahead.

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  1. Adi Lucas says

    Very nice recipe!! I do also love green beens and this is so interesting way to give them a “kick”…Since I´m Spanish (and I also live in Spain), it´s very easy for me getting excellent quality chorizo, the one made with the certification of “IBÉRICO”, which means it comes from pigs grown free in the huge acorn pastures of Extremadura region (on the mid-west of Spain) and also in Andalucía (in the south). One other terrible thing to take into account is that chorizo ibérico is seasoned with the superb “Pimentón de la Vera”, made with artisanal smoke-dried red peppers, a slow process that take places in the limpid and fresh mountain air, then mechanical grounded into a very thin powder that you can get, depending on the variety of red pimientos used, in three kinds: Sweet, Sweet-Sour and Hot (my favorite). Please forgive me for this exhaustive explanation, but I am in love with Spanish artisanal products… Thanks again for the recipe.


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