Southern green beans and potatoes with bacon is an easy summer recipe to use up your garden fresh green beans.  Learn how to cook this classic on the stovetop or the slow cooker.  This tasty Southern comfort food is simple to make ahead for your next potluck.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
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Southern Green Beans and Potatoes with Bacon

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This post was originally published on May 17, 2018.

Are you a big fan of fresh green beans?  My three girls are, so naturally I’m on the look out for tasty green bean recipes.  My southern green beans and potatoes with bacon are made on the stovetop and are perfect for kids, or can easily be doubled to serve to a crowd. 

bowl of Southern green beans and potatoes with fork and spoon

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How to Make Green Beans and Potatoes in a Slow Cooker

  • Cook the bacon in a skillet and pour out the fat into a bowl.
  • Add one tablespoon of bacon grease back to the skillet and sauté the onion and garlic.
  • Add the cooked veggies to the slow cooker. 
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients.  Cover and cook for 4 hours on high and 6 to 8 hours on low.
  • Transfer the beans and potatoes to a large serving bowl, stir in the bacon, leaving some for garnish, then sprinkle with black pepper.

person spearing a potato with a fork

What are the best potatoes to use for green beans and potatoes?

Since the potatoes are boiled and then simmered for a long time, it’s best to use red potatoes or yellow potatoes.  Russets and baking potatoes turn to mush when making this recipe.

What to Serve with Green Beans and Potatoes

  • Hot buttered cornbread
  • Sliced tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Pork chops, meatloaf, or roasted chicken

person holding a spoonful of green beans and potatoes

Can you make green beans and potatoes ahead of time?

Absolutely!  Make on the stove top in a Dutch oven or in a slow cooker.  Allow to cool and cover tightly, and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.  When ready to eat, reheat on the stovetop over medium heat, in the microwave, or in a slow cooker.

What are the calories for green beans and potatoes?

You might be surprised to find out it is quite healthy, so you can have a second helping.  A serving of 1/2 cup has 126 calories and has 24% of your daily vitamin C.  For nutritional information, scroll down past the recipe card.

spoonful of Southern green beans and potatoes

How to Make Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

Gather all the ingredients.  Wash the green beans under cold running water, then top and tail them and cut into smaller pieces.  Chop a yellow onion and mince some garlic.

bowls of potatoes, green beans, bacon, onions, garlic, chicken broth, and spices

Cook the bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, then turn the heat down a bit to prevent burning the bacon.  Use a fork to flip it over.  Once it’s crisp, it’s done.

cooking bacon in a Dutch oven

Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate, and blot off the excess grease.  Let cool, then break into smaller pieces.

blotting fried bacon with paper towels

Pour all the bacon grease into a small bowl.  Add one tablespoon of bacon grease back to the pot.  Keep the bowl of bacon grease in your fridge for other dishes.

adding bacon fat to a Dutch oven

Sauté the onion for a few minutes until soft then add the minced garlic and cook for one minute, stirring constantly.

sauteeing onions in a Dutch oven

Add the fresh green beans to the pot and pour on the chicken broth.

pouring chicken broth into a pot of green beans

Cover the Dutch oven and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Lower the heat to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes.

cooking green beans in a pot

While the green beans are cooking, scrub the potatoes and rinse them under cold water.  Cut them in quarters or eighths if they’re large, or just in half if they are smaller.

adding chunks of potato to the pot of green beans

If your red potatoes are large and need more liquid to cover them, pour 1 1/2 cups of filtered water into the pot.

pouring water into pot of potatoes and green beans

Add the dried spices: salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

adding seasonings to green beans and potatoes

Cover the pot and let simmer for 30 minutes or until the green beans and potatoes are done to your liking.  Check the potatoes with a fork to see if they are fully cooked.

pot of green beans and potatoes

Remove the green beans and potatoes from the Dutch oven with a large slotted spoon and place in a large bowl.  Gently stir in most of the crumbled bacon, reserving the rest for garnish.

Keep the pot liquor in the fridge or the freezer to use for another batch of green beans or for soup.  I used mine for beer cheese soup (recipe coming soon).

sprinkling bacon on green beans and potatoes

When ready to serve, place in a serving bowl and sprinkle some black pepper and the remaining bacon on top as a garnish.

green beans and potatoes with bacon and black pepper

Pro Tips for Making Green Beans and Potatoes

  • Want it spicier?  Double the red pepper flakes, add 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, or one large jalapeño with the seeds.
  • Want to lower the sodium?  Use low sodium bacon and no salt chicken broth.
  • Don’t want to flavor the beans with pork?  Use smoked turkey wings.
  • Don’t want to use bacon?  Use country ham or ham hocks.
  • Want other seasonings?  Try garlic powder, cajun seasoning, 1 teaspoon of sugar, or 1 tablespoon of bacon grease.
  • Don’t have fresh green beans?  Use good quality, organic frozen green beans.
  • Want to make it vegan? Use olive oil to sauté the onions and garlic, add smoked paprika, and omit the bacon and the bacon fat.
  • Don’t have red potatoes? Use Yukon gold or yellow potatoes.  Don’t use russet or baking potatoes, because they’ll turn into mush.
  • Want to use a slow cooker?  Cook the bacon, onions, and garlic on the stovetop, then transfer to the slow cooker.  Add the remaining ingredients and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  • Don’t want to use a yellow onion?  Try a Vidalia or sweet onion.
  • Want to be fancy?  Peel the center strip off a new baby red potato before cooking.
  • Keep the pot liquor for another batch of green beans or for soup.

Add this recipe to your cooking binder, as you’ll want to make this Southern green beans and potatoes with bacon soon!

bowl of green beans and potatoes

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Southern Green Beans and Potatoes with Bacon


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

Description

Southern green beans and potatoes with bacon is an easy summer recipe to use up your garden fresh green beans.  Learn how to cook this classic on the stovetop or the slow cooker.  This tasty Southern comfort food is simple to make ahead for your next potluck.


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Ingredients

  • 5 slices smoked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat, rendered from bacon
  • 1 heaping cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups fresh green beans, cut into 1 1/2 inch lengths
  • 4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds small to medium red potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp.  Flip each slice over halfway through the cooking.  Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and blot off the excess grease, then let it cool and cut into 1/4 inch pieces.
  2. Drain all the bacon grease from the pot into a small bowl.  Add one tablespoon back into the Dutch oven, and put the extra bacon grease in the fridge to harden and dispose of later.
  3. Turn the heat to medium-high and saute the onion in the bacon grease until soft, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the green beans, chicken stock, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, then cover.   Bring to a boil, and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. While the green beans cook, prep the potatoes by scrubbing them and cutting them into quarters or eighths for larger potatoes, or halves for smaller potatoes.  Make sure the potato pieces are similar in size.
  6. Add the potatoes to the pot.  If the potatoes aren’t fully covered with liquid, pour in 1 1/2 cups of filtered water.  Sprinkle the salt and red pepper flakes on top.  Cover the pot, and let simmer for another 30 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of the crumbled bacon.  Garnish with the remaining bacon and a few grinds of black pepper.  Serve warm.

Notes

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  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: green beans, southern green beans and potatoes, veggie side dish recipe, vegetable side dish

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6 thoughts on “Southern Green Beans and Potatoes with Bacon

  1. I love the crunchy bacon on top! The potatoes are soft and delicious. The green beans are nice and also soft. I love it! 🥔

  2. Every Friday when I read your blog you both inspire me to get into the kitchen and cook. You make it sound so easy and yummy with the photos. The helpful suggestions are awesome. Keep up the good work.

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