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Southern Green Beans

These Southern Green Beans are the ultimate sidekick, slow-cooked all day with bacon, butter, onions, and garlic. They're a perfect pairing for any dish and a must-have for holiday feasts or BBQ gatherings.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time6 hours
Total Time5 hours
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: green beans, keto, paleo, Side Dish, Slow Cooked Green Beans, Southern Green Beans, whole30
Method: Stovetop
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Ashley McCrary


  • 3-4 14.5 oz cans cut green beans undrained
  • 3 cups chicken broth or water
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion sliced and torn into pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Place a large pot over low heat. Add the butter, garlic, and onions. Cook until fragrant, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Next, add the bacon and allow it to cook for another minute or so.
  • Transfer the cans of green beans, undrained, along with the chicken broth and seasoning to the onion mixture.
  • Cook uncovered for 6-7 hours on low heat. Be sure to check on the green beans periodically. As they cook, they may start to run low on liquid, so add more chicken broth or water as needed. If they don't have enough liquid, they may shrivel and become crispy.
  • Once the beans are done cooking, remove the bacon, chop it into smaller pieces if desired, and then add it back to the green beans.
  • Taste the dish and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper to your liking.


  • 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


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 594mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g