Grandma’s Southern Crockpot Green Beans are always a crowd pleaser, and they’re the perfect easy side dish to make for Thanksgiving or for Christmas. It also makes a great BBQ side dish!
Slow Cooker Green Beans With Bacon
After I shared my super popular Grandma’s Southern Green Beans recipe post last year, I got lots of emails asking for instructions to make them in the slow cooker. So, this recipe is for all of you that would prefer to make your green beans in the Crockpot instead of on the stove.
These are Chantelle’s (my sister-in-law) FAVORITE side dish. She loves them so so so much. Here’s what she had to say about them, “These green beans are like nothing you’ve had before. They’re bursting with flavor with every bite. They have this lovely combination of a little sweet and salty, and then the garlic and onions. If I had it my way, I would take the whole dish and hide in the closet and not share. I know the kids would, too, if they could (because I could barely get it onto a plate because they were so excited to have some). It was so quick and easy to get together, and what’s even better is the Crockpot basically does all the work. Another win in my books.”
So, if you’re looking for a fool-proof vegetable side dish that even kids will like, this is the recipe for you!
Southern Green Bean Ingredients
For having so much flavor, these green beans with bacon have a surprisingly short ingredient list. You’ll need thick but bacon, yellow onion, garlic cloves, chicken broth, garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, granulated sugar, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh green beans, and butter.
How To Cook Fresh Green Beans in Crockpot
The trick is to arrange all of the green beans so they’re facing the same direction, and tightly pack them in the slow cooker. This helps make sure that they all cook evenly. It’s also important to saute the bacon, onions, and garlic cloves before those ingredients go into the Crockpot for maximum flavor. You can cook the green beans for either 6 – 7 hours on low, or 4 hours on high.
Can You Use Frozen Green Beans?
Yes, you can! Just be sure to use the frozen extra fine whole green beans (the thin kind of green bean). You’ll also have to cook it for a bit longer, but I’m not sure exactly how much longer, so use your best judgement.
Can You Use Canned Green Beans?
You could, but you’d have to drastically lower the cooking time because the canned green beans are already soft. I don’t know what the right amount of time would be, but you’d basically just be heating the green beans until they’re warm. It won’t taste as good as cooking them from fresh, because they won’t have as much time to absorb all of the flavors.
How To Make Crockpot Green Beans Vegetarian
To make this recipe vegetarian, you’d have to omit the bacon, use olive oil to saute the onions and garlic, and swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth.
For the most part, the meat is the best place to play around with this recipe. Instead of bacon, you could use ham, sausage, smoked turkey, or you could add a ham hock in with the green beans while they cook. A couple of other popular additions are:
- Potatoes (red potatoes are my favorite).
- Adding a bit of vinegar to the chicken broth.
- Swapping the granulated sugar for brown sugar.
- For a totally different flavor profile, you could add a packet of onion soup mix.
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- Italian Green Beans
- Carrot Salad
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- 5 slices thick cut bacon
- 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
- 2 medium cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 cups chicken broth (plus more if needed)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans (washed with the ends trimmed)
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- Cut the bacon into 1/4 inch pieces, and cook them in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until they’re crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside, but reserve the bacon grease.
- Add the onions to the pan with the bacon grease and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes, add in the garlic and cook for another 1 minute, or until aromatic. Remove the onions and garlic from the pan and place into the crockpot, then discard the remaining bacon grease.
- Add the chicken broth, garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, sugar, and red pepper flakes to a 6 quart crockpot, and stir to combine. Add in half of the bacon and mix.
- Place the green beans into the crockpot, making sure they are all laying in the same direction and are tight together, this will ensure they cook evenly. Put additional chicken broth in if needed. The beans don't need to be fully submerged, but they do need to be about 90% covered.
- Cook on low for 6 - 7 hours (or on high for 4 hours). If cooking on the low setting, check to see if they are at your desired tenderness after 6 hours. If not, continue to cook until tenderness is reached.
- Once the string beans are done, drain them from the chicken broth. Toss with butter, the remainder of the bacon, and add salt and pepper to taste.
The green beans in the photographs were cooked on high for 4 hours, but I prefer this recipe cooked on low.
If you'd like instructions to make this on the stove, you can find them in my Southern Green Beans recipe.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 7.1gCarbohydrates: 10.8gNet Carbohydrates: 7.8gFiber: 3gSugar: 5.3gProtein: 6.8g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.
If you’ve never tried tender Southern style green beans with bacon, you’re in for a treat! Make them easily with this Crockpot green bean recipe.