Old-fashioned Country Beans

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe is marked as a Heritage Recipe in the 1991 book, The Black Family Reunion Cookbook, Recipes and Food Memories.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place bacon in large saucepan and cover with water; boil 20 minutes.
  2. Add green beans, onions, salt, sugar and cayenne; boil 15 minutes.
  3. Add potatoes; boil until potatoes are tender.


Most Helpful

I used a 1 lb. bag of frozen green beans, 3 slices of bacon, 1/2 onion, 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 white potatoes quartered (we like potatoes) and a pinch of sugar. I forgot the cayenne pepper and this was still delicious. Next time, I'll follow the recipe to the letter for even better results. Thanks, Lennie.

ChefNikkiD July 20, 2009

We add Cavendar's Greek seasoning (about 1 tbsp) when cooking these beans and we use creole salt instead of plain old salt... But we've been making these for years!!!!!!!

JanetSmith154 November 21, 2006

Most excellent!! Sure brings back memories of my childhood. My grandmother made green beans just like this recipe. The onion and bacon sure sets off the flavor so much with the green beans and potatoes. Delicious!! I did cook the beans and potatoes alittle longer than the recipe called for. Thanks so much for sharing this old time favorite.

Marsha D. November 07, 2006

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