Southern Style Green Beans
Southern Style Green Beans
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

This recipe for Southern Style Green Beans is a quick, easy, make in advance pot of bacon-y, buttery, meltingly tender deliciousness.  

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
  • 6 strips bacon (Do not use a “sweet” bacon such as “Cider House” or “Apple wood”)
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 3 cans French cut green beans (Make sure you get 'French cut')
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Chop the bacon crosswise into small strips
  2. Chop the onion
  3. In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, sauté bacon until browned, but not overly crispy. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat.
  4. Add onions and cook until translucent.
  5. Drain 2 cans of the French cut green beans and put beans only in pot. Add both beans and juice from remaining can to the pot.
  6. Add 4 tablespoons butter, 1 1/3 teaspoons salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  7. Reduce heat to simmer and cook, uncovered, 30 minutes.
MAKE AHEAD to this point. Cool, cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.
  1. Can hold on low up to 1 hour, add ¼ cup of water as needed to replace evaporation.

Recipe Notes

When I’m fixing a meal, I fix this first and let it hang out on the stovetop on low while I’m preparing the other items.