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Southern Style Green Beans

Easy Southern green beans on the stovetop with canned green beans, seasonings and bacon.
Course Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American/Southern
Keyword Southern green beans, with bacon, canned green beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird

Ingredients

  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans whole green beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 slices thick cut bacon, cut in half cross-wise
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste

Instructions

  • Dump green beans into medium pot and add all of the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil and then turn down to low and cook, uncovered, at a steady simmer for 4 to 6 hours. Add water as needed as it reduces to keep green beans from burning. Stir gently when adding water.
  • After 4 to 6 hours, if needed, break up bacon into pieces/shreds. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve immediately or hold on the stove for later.

Notes

  • Thick cut bacon is best and as it cooks down for several hours, it will naturally shred into pieces.
  • You can make a bigger batch if you like, adding another can or two of green beans. Add another cup of water to start, and a little more of the other seasonings (although you shouldn't have to double everything).
  • Stir occasionally and gently because you don't want to break up the beans which are already tender. Just let them cook down and shrivel and stir gently when adding more water.