Green Beans with Salsa

Note there are many kinds of salsa! Typically salsas are comprised of tomatoes and chiles (cooked, canned, or fresh), chopped onions, garlic, vinegar, and oil. For years we made our own salsa using canned tomatoes and chiles. Now there are some store-prepared salsas that are just as good as the salsas we used to make at home. Any prepared salsa (cooked, not raw) will work with this recipe, whether you make it from scratch or buy it already made.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • Fresh green beans - 1 1b, strings removed, stem end cut off, cut into even sized pieces, approximately 2" long
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Prepared salsa


1 Boil the green beans: In a medium sized pot, add enough water to cover the beans (about 2 quarts). Add 1 tablespoon of salt for every 2 quarts of water. Bring the water to a boil. Add the beans and boil with the pot uncovered for 5 minutes. Remove from stove, strain out the beans, set aside.

2 Heat olive oil, add beans and salsa:  Put the empty (dry) pan back on the stove over high heat and add the olive oil. Let this heat up for 1 minute, then toss in the beans and about 1/2 cup of prepared salsa.

Toss to combine and cook 1 minute. Add salt or more salsa to taste.