Would you like to include more vegetables into your diet? Do you enjoy spicy foods? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then this recipe is for you! Not only does this recipe have a spicy kick, but it’s also practical for anybody who is unable to get fresh produce on a regular basis as it utilizes frozen green beans and canned tomatoes. What a great recipe for autumn when the abundance of fresh produce starts to wane. By adding a few spices that should be handy dandy in the spice cabinet to frozen and canned produce, this is a wonderful side dish to throw together to incorporate some more nutrition (and a some spice!) into a meal.


Mean Green Beans is an easy, quick and flavorful side dish to add to a weeknight meal if you ever think you need a little extra spice or nutrition (or both) to your meal. Make it into a meal by serving on top of some plain brown rice or wholemeal bread.

Vegan and free of added salt, sugar, oil, soy, nuts and seeds.

Reasons to love this recipe: spicy, 10 ingredients or less, simple, ready in 30 minutes or less

Serves 2


  • 1 can(400 g) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb (500 g) of frozen green beans
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • black pepper to taste


Add all ingredients into a large fry pan. Bring the contents of the pan to boil then turn down the heat to allow the beans and sauce to simmer. Cover the pan and heat the contents until the beans are fully cooked. When the beans are thoroughly warm, uncover the pan and allow the sauce to thicken and deepen in flavor for around 15 minutes. Enjoy immediately.

  • Updated 3 years ago
Sara Binde

Sara is a health and nutrition coach. She advocates for a whole foods plant-based lifestyle and teaches the world how to achieve weight loss.