Southern Style Green Beans cooked with bacon make an epic side dish everyone will love.
Southern Style Green Beans Recipe
We love this easy green bean recipe with bacon. I made this for my husband's grandmother to go with a stovetop meatloaf I made for them and my dear husband walked into the kitchen when I wasn't looking and devoured half the bowl.
I ended up making three batches of these Southern green beans in one afternoon so I would have enough to put in his grandmother and moms weekly meal kits that we bring over. I have to say this green bean side dish paired perfectly with meatloaf and the Ritz Chicken Casserole I made for them.
- Bacon + Bacon Grease
- Green Beans
- Chicken Stock
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and Pepper
Bacon Grease - If I know I am going to make these green beans in the afternoon for dinner. I will cook bacon for breakfast and leave the grease in the pan until the afternoon and reheat it. You can also use a bacon grease container to store bacon grease in the refrigerator if you want to have it on hand and ready.
Green Beans - We make these southern green beans with bacon year-round so I use canned green beans most of the time with this recipe. You can easily switch out the canned green beans for fresh green beans if you have them available.
Chicken Stock - You can also make this with vegetable stock if you want to. Either chicken or veggie stock will taste great in this recipe.
Garlic Powder - Feel free to reduce or add garlic powder based on how much you love garlic.
Cast Iron Pan/ Frying Pan - You will want to use a pan that is large enough to handle all the ingredients.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled depending on how many people you are serving. If you are making a huge batch I like to use a large dutch oven or large pan that has more than enough space for the green beans.
If you like a butter flavor on your green beans you can add in a tablespoon of butter right before serving.
You can add in a bit of spice by adding in ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
We skip adding in onions but if you love the flavor of onions you can add-in a medium onion that has been diced.
If you are barbecuing these work great being cooked in a cast-iron pan. They would also be fantastic on a campfire in a cast iron pan. Though they smell so amazing they may attract people to come visit.
How to cook Fresh Green Beans Southern Style?
When cooking fresh green beans southern style you want to plan for them to cook low and slow. The longer they cook the more flavor they have.
Make sure to trim the fresh green beans before cooking them after they are rinsed and dried. Make sure the green beans are dried so they don't react with the bacon grease and cause grease splatters.
Can you freeze Southern Green Beans?
Yes! You can portion the green beans into an airtight container. When you are ready to serve them just thaw them out and heat them up in the microwave.
Great Side Dishes
Southern Style Green Beans Recipe
- Cook bacon and place on a paper towel to drain, keep bacon grease in the pan.
- Add in green beans and toss them to coat them in the bacon grease. Let them cook for a few minutes in the grease.
- Pour in chicken stock, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and stir together. Top with bacon pieces
- Turn burner to low and cover pan with a lid just off center so the moisture evaporates. Cook green beans for 45 to an hour, stirring a few times while they are cooking.