Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (2024)

My Southern style green beans are meltingly tender, butter, and deliciously smoky! These are vegetables your whole family will ask for. I predict they’ll quickly become a favorite in your house and in your regular dinner rotation!

If you’re from the South, I can almost bet your grandma made green beans just like these. My grandma used to serve these on almost every Sunday supper, right after church. This recipe is pure Southern goodness that will take you back right back to your grandma’s kitchen!

If you love green beans you’ll love my sweet and smoky Arkansas green beans, roasted green beans, green bean casserole, and, or my super easy air fryer green beans!

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What I Love About This Southern Style Green Beans

Is there anything more wonderful than a green thing that your kids don’t scoff at? Dinner~winner in my book!

  • Kids love these!
  • BACON
  • Easy to make
  • Slow-cook flavor without the slow cooker

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Southern Green Beans Ingredients

  • Bacon: I use nitrite and nitrate-free bacon. It’s a little more expensive but I think it’s worth it for the health benefits.
  • Green Beans: This recipe is best made with fresh green beans. Trim them and cut in half or in thirds depending on the length of the beans.
  • Chicken Broth: I like to use low-sodium broth so I can control the salt in the overall dish.
  • Salt + Black Pepper: The perfect simple seasoning to finish off these beans!

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Tips

  • Dry: After rinsing the beans, it’s VERY important to dry them! When you add the beans to the hot bacon grease, you risk reactions like this one if you have excess water. Avoid the danger by drying your beans with a clean kitchen towel! Please!!
  • Onion:Try this recipe with a bit of onion! Chop up 1/2 cup of yellow onion and sauté it in the bacon drippings for about 5 minutes, with the heat on medium-low, before adding the green beans.
  • Fresh is Best: Use fresh green beans! You know that I love using convenience foods when the time is right, but this is NOT one of those times. You need the structural integrity of fresh beans to stand up to the long cooking time. Frozen or canned beans would just disintegrate!

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Tools You’ll Need

The tools to make this country style green beans recipe are very straightforward:

  • A colander, for draining your beans.
  • A clean kitchen towel.
  • A large pan.
  • A spoon.

Storing + Freezing +Make-Ahead

  • How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge? These Southern style green beans with bacon will last in the fridge for 4 days.
  • Can You Freeze This? Yes! This makes a great freezer meal to have on hand when you need a quick, delicious side dish. Portion out your green beans and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months. The lack of dairy or other more perishable ingredients gives these southern green beans a long shelf life.
    • To thaw, simply pop your containers in the microwave and hit the “thaw” setting!
  • Make-Ahead Tips: Since these beans have to simmer for at least an hour, they come with make-ahead built right in! Just start these beans an hour before you need them, and they’ll be ready and waiting for you. Or you can always make them ahead of time and store them overnight! Just reheat and serve.
  • Food Safety: If you’d like more info on food safety check out this link.

Serving Recommendations

I love serving these Southern style green beans with bacon grease with just about anything! But they’re awesome with more Southern classics.

Try my smothered chicken, crockpot pork chops smothered in mushroom onion gravy, chicken lazone, blackened chicken, jambalaya, or my baked mac and cheese.

My grandma always had biscuits on the table for every Sunday dinner! Try my super quick and easy Bisquick biscuits!

More Really Delicious Vegetable Recipe!

  • Broccoli Salad
  • Sautéed Asparagus
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Simple Roasted Peppers
  • Roasted Garlic Asparagus With Feta
  • Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
  • Carrot Salad
  • Fajita Veggies
  • Fried Cabbage And Bacon
  • Southern Collard Greens

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Southern Style Green Beans

Southern Style Green Beans aren't just for Easter anymore! Make them go with a summer BBQ or a family get together --they're a veggie treat!

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Cook Time1 hour hr

Total Time1 hour hr 3 minutes mins

Servings: 10 servings

Author: Kathleen

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon cut into small pieces
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans ends trimmed and snaped in half
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

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Instructions

  • Rinse beans in a colander, thenwrap up in a clean dish towel to dry.

  • Cook bacon pieces (4 slices) in a large saucepanuntil crisp. Add greenbeans (2 pounds) tothe pan and continue to cook on medium heat, tossing beans well to coat in bacon dripping, until beans turn bright green about 3 minutes. Slowly add the chicken broth (2cups), then the salt (1/2teaspoon) and pepper (1/2teaspoon), and bring to a simmer.

  • Simmer on low, covered with the lid cracked just a bit, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 1 hour. Adjust seasoning. Remove to serving platter with a slotted spoon. Top with a splash or so of the cooking liquid and serve.

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Notes

  1. Dry:After rinsing the beans,it’s VERY important to dry them!When you add the beans to the hot bacon grease, you riskreactions like this oneif you have excess water. Avoid the danger by drying your beans with a clean kitchen towel!Please!!
  2. Onion:Try this recipe with a bit of onion! Chop up 1/2 cup ofyellow onionand sauté it in the bacon drippings for about 5 minutes, with the heat on medium-low, before adding the green beans.
  3. Fresh is Best:Use fresh green beans! You know that I love using convenience foods when the time is right, but this is NOT one of those times. You need the structural integrity of fresh beans to stand up to the long cooking time. Frozen or canned beans would just disintegrate!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/10 of the recipe | Calories: 67.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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  1. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (10)Lynn says

    My husband loved this recipe and it is definitely a keeper. It is a treat!

    Reply

  2. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (11)Bailey says

    Can I put potatoes in this too?

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (12)Kathleen says

      Hi, Bailey. I think that’ll do well. I also have sausage potato green bean casserole, here’s the link.

      Reply

  3. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (13)Jerry Wilburn says

    I’m in my 70’s and have cooked green beans this way since I learned how watching my mother when I was about 6 years old sitting on the counter while she cooked. She learned as a young girl from her mother as well. Bacon and onion have always been part of how they been cooked. I’ve also added mushrooms on occasion for a bit of a different taste. Not always, just occasionally. BTW, not that it matters, I’m a male person. Thanks Kathleen for putting your recipe out there. It’s definitely a good one to have. Simple and delicious.

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (14)Kathleen says

      Jerry, I love to hear that this recipe is like you Mothers!!! That makes my day. I try to capture all of my Grandmas and other family members recipes here, so if you didn’t happen to get the written recipe from your family, you have a place to find it! Happy cooking my friend!

      Reply

  4. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (15)Joe says

    Perfect! My Southern wife loves them. They take her back home. Served with pan seared pork tenderloin and roasted potatoes. A hit!!

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (16)Kathleen says

      Wow, that’s super amazing, Joe! I’m so happy it was a hit and you paired it perfectly! 🙂

      Reply

    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (18)Kathleen says

      Agreed! 🙂

      Reply

  5. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (19)Valori Moore says

    THANK YOU! My family will usually not eat green beans but there wasn’t one left! Followed recipe exactly. So easy and so good!

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (20)Kathleen says

      OMG, that’s so great! I’m glad they like this. Thanks for the review 🙂

      Reply

  6. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (21)Barbara Williams says

    Thank you I give this one a 10

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (22)Kathleen says

      So happy you enjoy these beans, Barbara! My Grandma would truly be proud!! <3

      Reply

  7. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (23)Kim says

    This is the only recipes I use for green beans! Absolutely love it!

    Reply

    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (24)Kathleen says

      Yaaay! Thank you so much, Kim! 🙂

      Reply

  8. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (25)Kathi says

    I have always made my green beans like this – but added 1 tablespoon of garlic powder to them. Yum!!!!!!! Only way to make them in CA too.

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (26)Kathleen says

      Hi, Kathi! Yes to garlic powder! Thank you 🙂

      Reply

  9. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (27)Caitlin says

    Can you remove the bacon after cooking and add it to the finished dish so it stays crisp? thx!!

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (28)Kathleen says

      Hi, Caitlin! Yes, that’s perfect. Thank you!

      Reply

  10. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (29)Angie says

    This is a family favorite. I use whatever broth I have on hand or bullion cubes in a pinch. I also sauté diced onions in the bacon grease.

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (30)Kathleen says

      Hi, Angie! That’s perfect 🙂
      Thank you for your positive review!

      Reply

  11. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (31)Shari says

    I bought fresh green beans for the first time and wasn’t sure how to make them. Your recipe took me right back to my folks house where my Mom made green beans just like these! Thank you so much for a recipe that is easy to follow and brings back sweet memories of many days gone by!

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (32)Kathleen says

      Oh, Shari, you’ve made my day! I love when my recipes remind you of Mama’s cooking. I’ve got lots down-home recipes so I hope you find many more you like!!

      Reply

  12. Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (33)Kimberly A Wilson says

    I grew up on fresh green beans and my mom made the BEST! This is now my go to recipe every time I serve green beans. Absolutely LOVE it!

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    • Southern Style Green Beans {Grandma's Recipe!} Gonna Want Seconds (34)Kathleen says

      I’m so happy to hear that, Kimberly! So glad you loved these green beans <3

      Reply

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