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Southern Green Beans

Southern green beans are packed with the savory flavors of bacon, garlic, and onions. They are an incredible vegetable side dish that may taste better than the main meal!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 226kcal


  • ½ pound bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • Chop the bacon into pieces, about 1 inch in size (roughly).
  • Add the chopped bacon to a large saucepan and cook over medium heat.
  • Cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. The bacon should be golden brown and crispy.
  • Add the onions to the pan with the bacon and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook for another minute.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and put the bacon, onion, garlic mix in a bowl and set aside. Return the pan to the stovetop- do not wash it! You want all that tasty bacon flavor in the pan.
  • Add the green beans to the pan along with the chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low.
  • Let the green beans simmer for one hour.
  • Strain the chicken broth from the green beans, keeping the beans in the pan and discarding the broth.
  • Add the onions and bacon back to the pan along with the butter.
  • Stir to melt the butter and mix the green beans with the onions and bacon.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg