Easy Southern Style Green Beans

Southern Green Beans

4.9 from 33 reviews

Now these easy Southern Green Beans combines fresh green beans, smoked bacon, and onion into the most mouth watering side imaginable.


  • 4 slices bacon diced
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 lbs fresh green beans trimmed
  • 2 1/23-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Optional 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (please see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. In large saucepan over medium heat cook bacon until almost completely brown. Add onion and cook for additional 5 minutes. Turn heat to low and add garlic; cook for 30 seconds. Remove bacon/onion mixture to a bowl. Do not wash saucepan.
  2. Add green beans and enough chicken broth to just cover the green beans. Add Cajun seasoning.
  3. Bring to a low boil. Cover and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 1 – 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally. Drain chicken broth, return  bacon/onion mixture and heat for 1-2 minutes. Add butter, stir and serve.


Readers with a more sensitive palate that want to tone it down can add a couple of pinches of crushed red pepper and about a half teaspoon fresh cracked pepper and salt. For those of you who really like it toned way down just one half teaspoon each of fresh cracked pepper and salt should be enough seasoning.  Any combination of the above is good as well as most people know their seasoning tolerance.

Keywords: southern green beans, southern style green beans, green beans, southern side, vegetable, side, slow cooked southern beans

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