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Dilly Beans - Pickled Green Beans

Updated on February 26, 2017

A different way to preserve your garden grown green beans.

Dilly beans are dill pickled green beans. This recipe is for the spicy dilly beans that I make using the fresh green beans I grow in my garden. They are incredibly tasty, especially on salad, in tomato juice, on their own as a snack.

Basics of Home Canning

Home canning is basically preserving foods in jars. They can be pickles, sauces, vegetables, fruit, jams, or preserves. It can be a little intimidating to start with but once you get the hang of it you can preserve your favorite in season foods year round.

I started canning quite recently when I ran out of room in my freezer for the extra vegetables my garden was producing (and not all veggies respond well to freezing). I didn't want the extra to go to waste and there's only so much I can unload on my friends.

It turned out to be a lot of fun especially since I absolutely love pickles and dilly beans. The equipment needed to start out with is pretty minimal, you can get the jars at many stores or order them online, a pot big enough to cover the jars completely with water, other pots and pans for preparing the foods, and a good pair of tongs for removing the jars from boiling water.

Water Bath Canning

Equipment Needed

  • Stove
  • 4 Pint Jars w/2-part lids
  • Large Saucepan
  • Large Pot for Processing/Sterilization
  • Tongs (large canning tongs work best)
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 2 lbs Fresh Green Beans
  • 1/4 cup Kosher or Canning Salt (I use Kosher)
  • 2 1/2 cups White Vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 4 heads Dill
  • 2-4 Jalapeno Peppers
  • 2 tsp Whole Black Peppercorns


  1. Place jars and lids in the large pot and cover with water, bring to a boil. Alternatively you can use a dishwasher with a sterilize setting to sterilize your jars.
  2. Wash and remove ends form the beans. Slice the garlic and chili peppers.
  3. Combine water, vinegar, and salt in large saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer at least 5 minutes.
  4. While waiting for the vinegar mixture to boil pack the jars with beans, 1 head of dill, 1 sliced garlic clove, 1/4 of the sliced peppers, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  5. Pour the vinegar mixture into each jar until nearly full. Place lids on the jars.
  6. Process the jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
  7. Store in a cool place for at least 2 weeks prior to eating.

Warning: These are spicy, if you don't like spicy foods reduce the amount of chili peppers or remove it altogether.

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 4 Pints

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Look my garlic turned blue!

Look my garlic turned blue!
Look my garlic turned blue!

Why Did My Garlic Turn Blue?

A chemical reaction between garlic, vinegar, and copper (usually from water or cooking utensils) will turn the garlic blue-green. The garlic is still safe to eat despite the funny color.

Cooking is chemistry, we just don't realize it most of the time. Many of the things we do while cooking involve changing the chemical makeup of food.

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    • tedwritesstuff24 profile image

      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      Big fan of pickled anything!

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      teamgouletregina 4 years ago

      I made these beans two weeks ago and opened a jar today.....Wow these are crisp, spicy,tasty and I will so be doing more. Very easy. Very yummy. Thanks for the recipe

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      sounds tasty

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I don't think I have ever eaten pickled green beans. They sound good,

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      I haven't had pickled green beans in years! Thanks for the great lens!

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      timathee1 5 years ago

      very informative article keep up the good work

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      cathywoodosborn 5 years ago

      I will definitely be doing your Dilly Beans.

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I love to make dilly beans. They make such a nice appetizer for company.

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      KellydeBorda 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious - I'll have to give it a try! Green-Liked for St. Patrick's Day!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Looks really good. My mom used to make pickled asparagus and it was delicious so I can imagine that pickled green beans are just as tasty.

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      Bobbala 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you!

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      I've had pickled green beans once. I'm doing a garden this year so I will give this a try for sure!

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      cinstress 5 years ago

      nice green recipe to honor st. Pat's day

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      helpmeetingneeds 5 years ago

      No questions, I am not a chef, learning to prepare great dishes as a mother of 7, thanks.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love dilly beans, and didn't have a recipe. Now I can make them!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I hav eactually never heard of pickled beans, they sound delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I never thought of pickling beans before. i must stop eating mine while I water them and then perhaps I will have enough left to try this out. My main lens is about growing my own food in the outback

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens. I love "Good Eats" too. Blessed by an angel on the I love this word quest.

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      CoeGurl 6 years ago from USA

      Dilly beans sound delicious and look easy to make. Thanks for creating this lens!

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      godinhora 6 years ago

      Nice lens...

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Never thought of making dilly beans before. Have to try it. Angel Blessings! Please add your lens on the Not Zazzle Lens plexo on my August 2011 Zazzle Sales and Blessings

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      Mosoma 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe.

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      PatriciaLi 6 years ago

      I love the recipe and the interesting facts on canning, very well put together, thanks!

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Never tried it, but I have tried pickled okra.

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      thanks for the info... we always end up with more veggies that we can use.... :)

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      wow, canning chemcial reactions, who'd a thunk it! Lets be careful out there canning squids.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Happy April Fools Day! This Fool is Leaving You a Special Yummy Angel's Blessing!

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 6 years ago

      I used to make dilly beans and corn relish.

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      TWOnline2 6 years ago

      wow. i want pickles now.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      My dear, YOU have opened my eyes today to sour pickles AND dilly beans! Yumm.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I thought i had eaten pickled everything. Now I know I haven't.

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      My family will love these! Thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great info on a vegie I know nothing about. Your blue garlic made me smile :o)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens. Lots of interesting informations :)

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      SaraMu LM 7 years ago

      I didn't know about Dilly Beans before, and I love that they're spicy. Hope to try soon.

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star! Well-deserved!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Nice lens. It's been along time since we've had these. Thank-you for the recipe.

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      CleanerLife 9 years ago

      I've never had pickled bean like this, the beans in three bean salad might be pickled, but probably aren't anywherewhereas good as yours.

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      Pamela2Heaven 9 years ago

      Well done!

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      badmsm 9 years ago

      MMMMMM, I love pickles! This is great: well put together and informative. Keep up the good work.

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      This sounds great! I didn't know you could dill beans.

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Looks like a great lens, full of information and nicely set up. I used to do some canning, etc. and I am sure my family misses it...


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      chef_filipina 9 years ago

      Very informative.

      Great lens. Rated it 5 stars.

      Feel free to visit Filipino Food Recipes.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      I remember being a little girl in Solon, Iowa a million years ago and watching my babysitter can tomatoes. I had to ask my mom about it. lol Personally, I am a raw foods woman, but I love that people are still doing it. I envision rows and rows of jars in your basement that have to be dusted before being brought up stairs!

      Great 5* lens

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      lifelongfitness 9 years ago

      cool lens. Never tried or even heard of this before. I will definitely try these dilly beans 5*

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      Oh wow! What a great lens! I love dilly beans, we used to make them every year. (Grew the beans too!) Belles of Maine sells them in the local stores, but as far as I've heard they are a pretty local food and hard to find outside of Maine.

      I think Dilly Beans are even better than regular cucumber pickles.

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      dannystaple 9 years ago

      Thanks for this. I am currently growing tomatoes, but growing and pickling beans sounds like another good food. Have you thought of joining "The Green Thumb" group? My three planting related lenses are all part of it. Ways to cook with and preserve homegrown foods are all party of the gardening thing IMHO.

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      badmsm 9 years ago

      I love pickles!