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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
Cook bacon until crispy, then remove from pot.
Add green beans to bacon grease and stir to coat well.
Add bacon back to pot. Add broth, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer and cook until tender.
Add butter when beans are almost done. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.