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southern green beans in a purple Dutch oven

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.
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



  • 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.



  • 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.


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