My Southern style green beans meltingly tender, butter, and deliciously smoky! These are vegetables you 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 grandmas 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!
What I Love About This Recipe
Is there anything more wonderful than a green thing that your kids don’t scoff at? Dinner~winner in my book!
- Kids love these!
- Easy to make
- Slow cook flavor without the slow cooker
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!
- 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 in 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 time. You need the structural integrity of fresh beans to stand up to the long cooking time. Frozen or canned beans would just disintegrate!
How To Make Southern Style Green Beans Recipe
Rinse beans in a colander, then wrap up in a clean dish towel to dry.
Cook bacon pieces in a large saucepan until crisp. Add green beans to the 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, then the salt and pepper 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.
Tools You’ll Need
The tools to make this Southern 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 will last in the fridge for 4 days. T
- 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 in the freezer for up to a full year! The lack of dairy or other more perishable ingredients gives these 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 overnight! Just reheat and serve.
I love serving these Southern style green beans 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!
- Sautéed Asparagus–with lots of garlic!
- Roasted Broccoli-So simple but unbelievably delicious.
- Simple Roasted Peppers– These aren’t the roasted peppers you buy in the jar. Roasted just until tender, left unpeeled, these literally taste like candy!
- Roasted Garlic Asparagus With Feta– This one you don’t want to miss. Next time you see beautiful, fresh asparagus, please try this recipe! You wont be disappointed!
- Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole– Baked in a luscious cream sauce, loaded with cheese and topped with a crunchy topping.
- Brown Sugar Carrots– This sticky-sweet glaze makes these carrots downright divine.
Southern Style Green Beans
- 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
- Rinse beans in a colander, then wrap up in a clean dish towel to dry.
- Cook bacon pieces in a large saucepan until crisp. Add green beans to the 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, then the salt and pepper 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.
Barbara Williams says
Thank you I give this one a 10
So happy you enjoy these beans, Barbara! My Grandma would truly be proud!! <3
This is the only recipes I use for green beans! Absolutely love it!
Yaaay! Thank you so much, Kim! 🙂
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.
Hi, Kathi! Yes to garlic powder! Thank you 🙂
Can you remove the bacon after cooking and add it to the finished dish so it stays crisp? thx!!
Hi, Caitlin! Yes, that’s perfect. Thank you!
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.
Hi, Angie! That’s perfect 🙂
Thank you for your positive review!
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!
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!!
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!
I’m so happy to hear that, Kimberly! So glad you loved these green beans <3