Southern Green Beans

Southern green beans are easy to make, tender beans that are flavored with bacon or ham hocks. These green beans are a must-have side dish on every Southern table.

Southern green beans are tender, flavored with bacon or ham hocks, and a must-have side dish on every Southern table.

I like roasted green beans with a little olive oil, but my kids love old-fashioned Southern green beans, cooked to death and full of fat.

This is the basic way to cook green beans, although I don’t usually measure seasonings, just add until it looks like enough and then taste as I go. These measurements are an estimate, so you may add more or less depending on how you like them.

How to Cook Southern Green Beans:

2 lbs green beans (use frozen or fresh)
6-7 slices bacon, chopped into one inch pieces
6 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp Garlic Powder
1/2-1 tbsp Salt
1/2-1 tbsp Pepper
½ stick Butter

Grab a large pot, dutch oven is fine, and start with sautéing the bacon.

Southern green beans are easy to make, tender beans that are flavored with bacon or ham hocks.

Cook the bacon until it’s done but not crispy. Then remove from pot with slotted spoon and drop in the beans. Stir the beans until they are well coated with the bacon grease then add the bacon back into the pot.

Southern green beans are easy to make, tender beans that are flavored with bacon or ham hocks.

Add the broth and seasonings and bring to a boil. Once the beans are boiling, turn down to medium-low (maybe low) and keep to a low simmer. After about 25 minutes, add half a stick of butter, then simmer another 10 minutes or until beans are tender.

They will taste just like Grandma’s! Enjoy!

Southern green beans are tender, flavored with bacon or ham hocks, and a must-have side dish on every Southern table.

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Southern green beans are tender, flavored with bacon or ham hocks, and a must-have side dish on every Southern table.
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Southern Green Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Southern green beans are easy to make, tender beans that are flavored with bacon or ham hocks. These green beans are a must-have side dish on every Southern table.
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 172 kcal
Author: Lucy
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. green beans (use frozen or fresh)
  • 6-7 slices bacon, chopped into one inch pieces
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2  tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon until crispy, then remove from pot.   

  2. Add green beans to bacon grease and stir to coat well.

  3. Add bacon back to pot. Add broth, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

  4. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer and cook until tender. 

  5. Add butter when beans are almost done. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed. 

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Southern green beans are easy to make, tender beans that are flavored with bacon or ham hocks. These green beans are a must-have side dish on every Southern table.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Diane
    June 22, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Love homestyle green beans! I did notice a discrepancy in the amount of butter in the “print” recipe…. what is the correct amount?

    • Reply
      Lucy
      June 22, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Thanks for catching that! The correct amount of butter would be 1/2 stick, but of course you can use a little less if you prefer and will still probably taste fine. It sounds like a lot, but for that amount of green beans and liquid it really isn’t. Hope you enjoy!

      • Reply
        Diane
        June 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

        Thank you so much for your prompt reply on the amount of butter to use. They sound dee-licious! I will be making them soon. 🙂

      • Reply
        Diane
        June 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

        I just noticed something else…do you add the bacon to them after they’re done, or when? Just trying to get it straight before I mess them up!

        • Reply
          Lucy
          June 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

          Wow, I really did a sloppy job on this one :)) just add the bacon after you add the broth. And you really can’t mess this up so don’t worry!

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