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Southern Style Green Beans with Crumbled Bacon on top
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5 from 5 votes

Southern Style Green Beans

Southern Style Green Beans are made with fresh green beans cooked low and slow flavored with salty bacon. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Nikki Lee


  • 4 slices bacon, cut into pieces
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, rinsed and ends snapped
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • dash red pepper flakes


  • Cut bacon with kitchen scissors into bite size pieces. Saute in a heavy bottom pot until done.
  • Add in green beans, chicken stock, salt, black pepper, garlic, red pepper (if desired) and stir.
  • Bring to a boil, cover with lid, and then turn down to medium to medium low (simmer) and cook for 1 to 2 hours. 
  • Serve with crumbled bacon on top if desired.


These are meant to be cooked rather low. Adjust your temperature according to your stove. 
If necessary, you can add more liquid if it cooks out to quickly.