Slow cooker Southern green beans is a simple dish that requires a handful of ingredients and takes comfort food to a whole new level, perfect for feeding a crowd.
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There is just something about adding the smoky flavor of bacon to vegetables, it creates the best southern-style side dish with so much flavor. Plus the addition of the diced potato soaks up the juices and tastes delicious.
Why this recipe works
These crockpot green beans are so good the whole family will love them, cooked slowly with onions, garlic, and bacon of course. I've never been a huge fan of green beans but this is my favorite way. Served as an easy side dish recipe during the holidays like with my Slow Cooker Honey Ham or during the warm summer barbecue months like with my Oven Baked Ribs. This crockpot green bean casserole recipe can also be served as a main course with some of my Southern Hoe Cakes on the side.
- Green Beans-Fresh, frozen, or even canned works.
- Chicken broth-You can use low sodium if you prefer.
- Onions-I use a sweet yellow onion
- Garlic- Fresh is best here.
- Potato- I use russet, but red potatoes are also delicious.
- Bacon- I like to use smoky bacon.
- Worcestershire sauce- Don't leave this out it adds a ton of flavor.
- Red pepper flakes- Are optional but highly recommended.
How to make this recipe
- Step 1- In a skillet or if you have a saute option in your crock pot add the chopped slices of bacon and cook until crispy. Remove using a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel.
- Step 2-Next add the diced onions to the bacon grease and saute, then add in the garlic.
- Step 3- Add the green beans, garlic and onions, bacon drippings, and diced potatoes into the slow cooker.
- Step 4-Cook until desired tenderness, and add crispy bacon topped with salt and black pepper to taste.
- I use fresh green beans, not canned.
- After rinsing, trim off the ends of the green beans. I usually get the beans that are already prepped and ready in the bags.
- I also prefer to cut my beans in half, but you can leave them longer if you want it doesn't change anything.
- The best part of the diced potatoes is that it soaks up the cooking juices and it is so good.
- You can toss the cooked bacon in with the beans while it cooks but I like to sprinkle the bacon on top at the end.
You can but you will have to shorten the cooking time a bit so they don't get too mushy. You'll need 29-32 ounces and cook for about 3-4 hours on low.
Of course frozen works great, no need to thaw first.
Absolutely, a ham hock is a great addition and a perfect way to add a delicious meaty flavor. Toss it in with your green beans or even some diced-up ham.
Place leftover slow-cooker green beans in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Or freeze for 3 months.
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Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans
Southern green beans are packed full of flavor and the perfect side dish to you Holiday meal or family gathering.
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans (rinsed and trimmed)
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 medium onion diced
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 russet potato peeled and diced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire
- Pinch of red pepper flakes optional
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add the trimmed green beans to the slow cooker. (I like to cut mine in half)
- Cut bacon into small pieces and cook over medium heat until crispy. Remove and set aside.
- Add the onions into the bacon grease and saute until soft about 3 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds.
- Add sauteed onions and garlic and bacon grease to the green beans. Followed by the diced potatoes.
- Pour in the chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes if desired. Give the green beans a toss. Cover.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours or until desired tenderness.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle cooked bacon on top and serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories 113Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 12mgSodium 376mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 7g
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can these be cooked in a stock pot to make a larger batch?
Yes, you can if you prefer fresh.
Can you use fresh green beans?