Sriracha BBQ Ground Beef and Green Beans

Sriracha BBQ Ground Beef and Green Beans

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Inspired by my sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli, this ground beef and green beans skillet is super easy to make and packs a bigger flavor punch than a 20-minute dish should. The entire recipe comes in under the 1,000 calorie mark and every serving has 26 grams of protein with just 16 grams of carbs. It’s perfect for serving over a bed of rice, cauliflower rice, or a blend of the two! 

This is a minimal recipe so you can probably jump straight ahead to the printable recipe card at the bottom. If you have an ingredient question, I’ll cover everything I can think of in the tutorial below.  

Step 1: Cook ground beef and bacon in a large skillet. 

ground beef and chopped bacon in a cast iron skillet

Unlike the sticky sweet ground beef recipe I mentioned above, this spin uses raw bacon instead of pre-cooked. As you can imagine, this provides a bit more flavor and fat for the spices to bloom in.

Pre-cooked would work fine, just add it after the beef is fully cooked. You can typically find leaner pre-cooked bacon options like turkey that are actually crispy. So if you wanted to save some fat and have crispy bacon, that’s an option. 

Speaking of crispy, if you wanted crispy bacon with your ground beef and green beans, cook the bacon on its own and remove from the skillet before adding the beef. Then add it back in at the end of cooking. 

dry mustard, cumin, paprika, and black pepper in the ground beef and bacon

For the spices, I used most of the dry spices from my Ninja Foodi pulled pork recipe. If you want a smokier flavor profile, use smoked paprika. You could even use a dash of liquid smoke. Feel free to experiment here! 

Step 2: Add sriracha, Worcestershire, and your choice of BBQ sauce.

barbecue sauce, sriracha, and worcestershire sauce added to the cooked beef and bacon

As-is, this recipe is not overly spicy. If you wanted to crank things up a notch, you could use a bit more sriracha. Though it’s probably safest to add that at the end when serving. You can also add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes at the end. 

For the BBQ sauce, I used Stubb’s Original. It’s a pretty low carb sauce, but you could save some extra carbs and calories with something like G Hughes sugar free BBQ sauce. That’s what I used in my bbq bacon cheeseburger stromboli. Love the stuff!  

bbq ground beef and bacon

Picky Eater Note: If you have a veggie hater in the house like I do, you could stop here and use the ground beef and bacon mixture for something like sloppy joes or in wraps. I bet you could make a mean bbq mac and cheese as well. Check out my queso mac and cheese with ground beef or buffalo ground chicken mac and cheese recipes for inspiration. 

Step 3: Add the green beans.

steamed green beans added to the ground beef and bacon

I used a 12-ounce refrigerated bag of fresh green beans from Target’s Good & Gather line. You can use frozen or any variation you want. You’ll just want to cook them before going in with the ground beef. 

If you wanted softer green beans and have the time, you could add a bit of beef broth and let everything simmer for an extra 10 minutes or so (like with the coconut milk in my spicy coconut ground chicken)

For a bit of added texture and flavor, I topped my ground beef and green beans with toasted sesame seeds, crushed red pepper flakes, and a pinch of brown sugar. This is totes optional. Oh, and if you wanted to serve with something other than rice, I bet my air fried rosemary parmesan potatoes would be great here.

cast iron skillet with ground beef, bacon, and green beans

Now, I know you’ve bean waiting on this part. The recipe card is below. If you have any questions I didn’t cover, leave a comment at the bottom of the post. 

Sriracha BBQ Ground Beef and Green Beans

Sriracha BBQ Ground Beef and Green Beans

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A simple one-pan dish with smoky bacon, seasoned ground beef, and green beans in a spicy BBQ sauce.


  • 1 lb Ground Beef (96/4)
  • 4 slices Bacon, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 C (132g) BBQ Sauce (I used Stubb's Original)
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Sriracha
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Worcestershire Sauce
  • 8-12 oz Steamed Green Beans


  1. Microwave steamable green beans according to its packaging. Set aside.
  2. Add the ground beef and bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Mix the dry mustard, paprika, black pepper, and cumin together and add to the skillet. Cook until no pink remains in the beef and the bacon is fully cooked, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Mix the BBQ sauce, sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce together in a small bowl. Once the meat is cooked, reduce the heat to low and add the sauces. Stir to fully incorporate.
  4. Add the green beans to the skillet and toss to coat. Allow everything to get to know one another for 5-10 minutes in the skillet over low heat before serving.


Each serving (1/4th the recipe) has 5 WW SmartPoints (blue plan).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Servings Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 7gCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 26g

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8 thoughts on “Sriracha BBQ Ground Beef and Green Beans”

  • I made this last night for dinner and had leftovers!
    So much flavor
    I did swap beef for ground chicken and turkey bacon as I don’t eat red meat
    still good!

  • Used ground turkey worked super well too! Love it, added some chicken stock flavouring too… sounds wierd but it was good!

  • Made this last night, and it’s so good! We will definitely be adding this to our meal rotations. The beef and broccoli was already one of our faves, and it’s nice to add something new! So good!

  • Tried this one today and it was even hubby approved! I did change up a few things though. I actually used fresh green beans steamed in the ninja. I also added onion and broccoli to it as well to get some extra veggies in. I don’t do hot food so I even left out this sriracha for mine but added it to my hubby’s. Easy enough to throw together and delicious!

  • Made this for dinner last night (did a separate job sriracha batch for my 5 year old) this was an absolute hit- sooo good definitely adding it to my arsenal. I served it on top of some wild rice.

  • So good! I used 90/10 beef as it is what I had onhand so I only used one slice of bacon. I only had about 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and all the spices and sauces I eyeballed for measurements. I used fresh green beans which I steamed in the Instant Pot (set at 0 minutes) and then added when i plated the meal. My husband had straight right and I had a mix of cauliflower rice and regular rice. Spicy and so delicious! Super quick for meal prep!

  • I just made this tonight for myself and the wife and she loved it. I did substitute a chili garlic sauce for the Sriracha. Instead of just tossing in the green beans I decided to make the spicy sesame green bean side and just mix them in afterward. The flavors together were fantastic.

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