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Southern Green Beans

These Southern Green Beans are the ultimate side dish. Slow cooked all day with bacon, ghee, onions and garlic. They go great with any side dish and are perfect for a holiday meal or BBQ.

  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


  • (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
  • optional 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 


  1. Add a large pot to low heat. Transfer the canned green beans, undrained 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. OPTIONAL: If you want additional flavor, instead of adding the garlic, bacon, and onions raw, saute them up with the butter in the pot before adding the green beans. Don’t cook the bacon all the way through, just heat enough until warm. 
  3. Cook uncovered for the first 2 hours on low then cover the last 4 hours. 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.
  4. Once the beans are done cooking, remove the bacon and chop into smaller pieces and add it back to the green beans. Taste and add any additional salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy!


  • You can sub French style green beans for cut green beans. 
  • 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 flavors. 
  • 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. They will not taste the same, but they are still good. 
  • Store any leftover green beans in Tupperware and in the fridge for up to one week. 
  • Canned green beans are the best. You can use fresh but it will not taste near as good as canned. 
  • 7 NET carbs per serving
  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 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