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Lebanese Green Beans

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Lebanese Green Beans are a warm, spiced green bean dish, combining tomatoes, green beans, cinnamon and cumin. These pair great as a side dish to your weeknight meals! 

Lebanese Green Beans in a white bowl.

Lebanese Green Beans 

It has been some time now since I shared one of my Lebanese family recipes!

There are so many that I love and I am making an effort to share more of them with you guys.

These Lebanese Green Beans  are right up there as a one of my favorites.

Today’s recipe for Lebanese Green Beans (otherwise known as Lubee) is one of my favorite dishes that my Grandma and Mom made when I was a child.

It is slowly simmered with diced tomatoes, onions and garlic, cinnamon and cumin which allows the flavors to really develop and become rich and warm.

Lebanese Green Beans with tomatoes.

This dish would pair great with kibbeh meatballs, pita bread, hummus and plain yogurt. 

I remember as a child walking into my Grandma’s house and knowing that Lebanese Green Beans were cooking by the smells coming from the kitchen.

Isn’t it amazing how food can remind you a place, or a time in your life and transport you immediately?

These green beans are healthy and simple to put together–you need a can of diced tomatoes, a bag of frozen green beans (or you can use fresh green beans), an onion, garlic, cumin and cinnamon.

I make a batch of this and always have leftovers to eat throughout the week which is great when I need a quick, vegetarian side dish.

You can also modify this dish and add ham or stew meat to make it more of a meat a few minutes after sautéing your onions and then allow to simmer with the rest of the dish.

Lebanese Green Beans with onions.


GREEN BEANS: The green beans are the start of the show. I use a bag of frozen green beans because I like the water that the frozen ones produce and help all of the spices and juices come together. You can use fresh green beans if you prefer. 

DICED TOMATOES: I use a can of diced tomatoes in my green bean side dish. It helps create a nice sauce for the green beans along with the spices. 

SPICES: The spices are what really adds flavor to the dish. This recipe uses cumin and cinnamon for rich, warm flavors. 

Lebanese Green Beans with tomatoes.

Lebanese Green Beans

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Lebanese green beans are a warm, spiced green bean dish mixing tomatoes, green beans, cinnamon and cumin.


  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. green beans (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 - 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat 3 Tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for 2 minutes {if you are using meat, it can be added here and sautéed for an addition 4 minutes}.
  2. Add the green beans, cumin, cinnamon and diced tomatoes and mix together. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 40-45 minutes, or until green beans {and meat if using it} are tender, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings to taste as well as salt and pepper.
  3. Serve warm over rice or quinoa with a side of pita bread and yogurt.


Make this a full meal and add 1/2 lb. stew meat or diced ham.

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