Southern Green Beans (Keto + Whole30)

My Southern Green Beans are so good you can eat them as an entrée. They are slow cooked all day with bacon, ghee, onions and garlic. The best healthy side dish that will go with any meal.

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A while back, I shared a step by step of my Southern Green Beans. You guys absolutely flipped for them. In my opinion they make any entrée complete. They truly are one of a kind and are overflowing with amazing flavor. I have a 2 year old who only eat cottage cheese and crackers. I introduced these green beans to her and now all she eats is cottage cheese, crackers and my green beans. They will turn any vegetable sceptic into a believer.

Green beans with bacon in a bowl with a spoon

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Canned cut green beans
  • Chicken broth or water
  • Bacon (no sugar added)
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Ghee
  • Salt/pepper
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HOW TO MAKE SOUTHERN GREEN BEANS

Add a large pot to low heat. Transfer the canned green beans, undrained and chicken broth or water to the pot. Make sure the liquid covers the green beans. Tear the onion slices into medium size pieces and add to the beans along with the ghee, garlic, bacon and salt/pepper.

Cook uncovered for 6 hours on low. Make sure to check back on the green beans throughout the day. As it cooks it will get low on liquid, so be sure to add more chicken broth or water as needed. If they do not have enough liquid they may shrivel and get crispy.

Once the beans are done cooking, remove the bacon and chop into smaller pieces and add back to the green beans.

raw green beans in a large pot with chicken broth, ghee, garlic, and onion. Overhead shot

HOW TO SERVE THESE SOUTHERN GREEN BEANS

These Southern Green Beans are so delicious I can literally eat them as a meal by themselves. If I don’t eat the whole pot first, I like to serve them with the following:

Cooked greens beans in a large opt overhead shot

TIPS & TRICKS

  • Add liquid through the cooking process. Throughout the day, make sure to check on the green beans and as liquid gets low add either chicken broth or water to cover the green beans. If you don’t do this they will burn and shrivel up.
  • Make sure to add full slices of bacon to the pot of green beans. This adds so much flavor to the green beans during the cooking process. When you are ready to serve, you can cut the bacon up into tiny pieces and add back in or remove all together. The main purpose of the bacon is to give the beans flavor.
  • Cook long and low. Every Sunday when I wake up I will double my recipe and cook all day. We will eat some of the green beans for Sunday night dinner and have enough leftovers to eat throughout the week.
  • You can cook the green beans in the crockpot, however they are not near as good as cooking on the stovetop. I’m not sure why they don’t taste the same, but I have tried and tried, but they just don’t compare to the stovetop version.
a close up shot of the green beans

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Southern Green Beans


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

My Southern Green Beans are so good you can eat them as an entrée. They are slow cooked all day with bacon, ghee, onions and garlic. The best healthy side dish that will go with any meal. Keto, Paleo and Whole30.


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Ingredients

  • (3) 14.5 oz. cans cut green beans, undrained
  • 3 cups chicken broth or water
  • 4 slices bacon (no sugar added)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced and torn into pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Add a large pot to low heat. Transfer the canned green beans, undrained and chicken broth or water to the pot. Make sure the liquid covers the green beans. Tear the onion slices into medium size pieces and add to the beans along with the ghee, garlic, bacon and salt/pepper. 
  2. Cook uncovered for 6 hours on low. Make sure to check back on the green beans throughout the day. As it cooks it will get low on liquid, so be sure to add more chicken broth or water as needed. If they do not have enough liquid they may shrivel and get crispy.
  3. Once the beans are done cooking, remove the bacon and chop into smaller pieces and add back to the green beans. 
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

  • As for the liquid you can use chicken broth or water. I love using chicken broth because it give the beans a lot of great flavor. 
  • Be sure to check back on the beans frequently to make sure it has enough liquid. Make sure there is always liquid slightly covering the beans. 
  • You can cook in the crockpot on low for 6 hours. However, I just don’t like them as well as the stovetop version. 
  • Store any leftover green beans in Tupperware and in the fridge for up to one week. 
  • 7 NET carbs per serving
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 5
  • Sodium: 594
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 12
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 6
  • Cholesterol: 14

Keywords: Southern Green Beans, Green Beans, Slow Cooked Green Beans, Side Dish, Whole30, Keto, Paleo

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Comments (2)

  • These are the bomb.com!

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    • Thank you so much

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