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Easy Southern Style Green Beans

These Easy Southern Style Green Beans are a staple old-fashioned side dish recipe. This homestyle dish is made with string beans and bacon for the perfect country meal. Add this to any soul food spread.

southern green beans in a purple Dutch oven

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Do you wonder how to make green beans taste better? I receive this question about a lot of vegetables. Nothing beats down-home southern cooking! Flavored foods are our specialty.

This is a dish that was commonly served for Sunday dinners growing up! It’s also a part of the spread for every holiday. You may also enjoy my Air Fryer Garlic Roasted Green Beans.

fresh green beans, broth, onions, bacon, seasoning, and garlic in separate bowls

What Type of Green Beans to Use? Fresh, Frozen, Canned?

I love to use fresh green beans! They just taste better in this recipe. If you are strapped for time, check out my Instant Pot Southern Green Beans. Same recipe, and ready in no time! For fresh green beans, remove the stems first.

For canned green beans, you can use cut or whole. A lot of people wonder what the best brand is. Del Monte is the most popular.

In terms of nutrition, in comparison to fresh green beans, canned green beans are similar in nutritional value and nutrients. Canned are preserved at their height of freshness, so they do retain nutrients.

In most categories, fresh green beans provide more nutrients, but not by much, except for when it comes to sodium. Canned green beans have more sodium than fresh green beans. In a recipe like this, that factors, because broth and bacon are added. You can read more about Canned Green Beans vs Fresh Green Beans here.

Canned green beans can be cooked for 20 minutes uncovered, or until the green beans reach your desired texture. Canned are already really soft.

If using frozen green beans, whole or cut is fine. Frozen will follow a similar cook time as noted in the recipe.

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How to Season the Green Beans

These green beans get their flavor from bacon (see substitutes below) and Creole Seasoning. You can make your own Creole Seasoning with 1/4 teaspoon (each) of the following: paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, white pepper, oregano, dried basil, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper.

How to Make Southern Green Beans

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  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large pot on medium-high heat. Add pieces of bacon and cook until the bacon crisps.
  2. Drain the excess fat from the pot.
  3. Add onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add chicken broth and deglaze.
  5. Add in green beans, Creole seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Stir.
  6. Reduce heat to Low. Cover and cook.
uncooked Southern green beans in a pot

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

This dish will cook on low for an hour to an hour and a half. You want to cook them until tender.

What Type of Pot to Use

I love to use a Dutch Oven. It will cook faster than a stock pot or soup pot, but you can also use those. I find the Dutch Oven usually saves me about 30 minutes.

uncooked Southern green beans in a pot

How to Substitute Bacon

You can use anything you wish. Here are some ideas.

  • Turkey Bacon
  • Andouille Sausage
  • Sausage
  • Chicken Sausage
  • Smoked Turkey Leg or Wing
  • Ham
  • Ham Hock
southern green beans with bacon in a pot

How to Make it Vegetarian or Vegan

Omit the bacon for a meatless dish. Use vegetable broth. Add in 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes for flavor.

Pair This With These Southern Main Dishes

Cajun Roasted Turkey
Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Instant Pot Turkey Breast
Air Fryer Turkey
Air Fryer Cornish Hens
Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs
Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

southern green beans with bacon in a pot

More Southern Soul Food Side Dishes

Southern Mustard Greens
Grilled Asparagus in Foil
Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
Instant Pot Southern Style Green Beans
Okra and Tomatoes
Instant Pot Cabbage
Southern Style Baked Mac and Cheese
Cornbread Muffins
Instant Pot Gumbo
Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Southern Potato Salad
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Southern Cornbread Dressing
How to Make a Charcuterie Cheese Board
Homemade Blueberry Cornbread

southern green beans in a purple Dutch oven
southern green beans in a purple Dutch oven
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Easy Southern Style Green Beans

These Easy Southern Style Green Beans are a staple old-fashioned side dish recipe. This homestyle dish is made with string beans and bacon for the perfect country meal. Add this to any soul food spread.
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine southern
Keyword green beans and bacon, soul food green beans, Southern green beans, southern style green beans
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 78kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 slices uncooked bacon sliced into small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound fresh green beans stems removed See notes for canned or frozen.
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste I go light on the salt because the bacon and broth provide plenty of flavor for me.

Instructions

  • Heat a Dutch oven or large pot on medium high heat. Add the pieces of bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes until the bacon crisps.
  • Drain the excess fat from the pot. I reserved about a teaspoon of fat in the pot.
  • Add the onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken broth and deglaze the pot with a spatula. Scrap up all the bits of cooked bacon in the pot.
  • Add in green beans, Creole seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Stir.
  • Reduce heat to Low. Cover and cook for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours until the green beans are soft. If it's your first time making the dish, check in on the green beans often to be sure they reach your desired texture and you don't overcook them. Cook time will vary greatly based on the type of pot you use. Using my Dutch Oven, the beans reach my desired texture after an hour.
  • Taste repeatedly and adjust seasoning as necessary.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon.

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Notes

  • Canned green beans can be cooked for 20 minutes uncovered, or until the green beans reach your desired texture. 
  • If using frozen green beans, whole or cut are fine. Frozen will follow a similar cook time as noted in the recipe.
  • You can make your own Creole Seasoning with 1/4 teaspoon (each) of the following: paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, white pepper, oregano, dried basil, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g
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Recipe Rating




Sarah S

Monday 7th of June 2021

Simple, but incredible. Will have you craving green beans

staysnatched

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Haha yes! So true.

Ikea

Friday 28th of May 2021

Easy to make and so good! My husband requests this dish often.

staysnatched

Friday 28th of May 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed them!