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A close up image of a spoon stirring Southern Green Beans made with green beans, cooked bacon, low sodium chicken broth, onion and garlic.

How to Make Southern Green Beans

Want to learn how to make a healthy southern green beans? I outlined how to do this step-by-step below. Comfort food never tasted better...or healthier!

Categories Clean Eating. Gluten-Free, Paleo, Side, Side Dish, Slow Cooker
Difficulty Easy
Keyword southern green beans, southern green beans recipe, southern style green beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 124 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


  • 4 nitrate-free bacon slices, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs fresh green beans, de-stemmed and sliced into 1 1/2-in. pieces
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth, plus more as needed
  • sea salt, as needed to taste


  1. In a deep stock pot or large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside. Reserve drippings and keep heating over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, cayenne, and black pepper, and cook for an additional minute.

  3. Add the green beans and cooked bacon and stir to combine. Add enough chicken stock to just cover the green beans. 

  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook, covered, 40-50 minutes, depending on preferred level of tenderness. Check flavor again and season to taste as needed. The longer you cook them, the more tender they’ll be.

  5. Remove from heat and serve hot.

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Nutrition Facts
How to Make Southern Green Beans
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 140mg6%
Potassium 396mg11%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 815IU16%
Vitamin C 15.5mg19%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.