Southern Style Seasoned Green Beans (From Canned)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

A lot of folks simply open a couple of cans of green beans, heat, add a bit of butter...and wonder why no one eats them! This simple little "tweak" turns them into a delicious, satisfying side that'll change the way you think of canned green beans.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans cut green beans (not french-style)
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 14 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt


  1. Cook the bacon in a heavy sauce pan (do not crisp the bacon, just cook enough to extract the drippings). Remove from heat.
  2. Empty the 2 cans of cut green beans into the sauce pan directly on top of the cooked bacon and drippings.
  3. Add salt to taste and then the 1/4 teaspoons of minced garlic. Stir well and return to heat.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to med-low, cover, and simmer for at least 30 minutes (1 hour is better).
  5. Serve and enjoy.
  6. NOTE - Use good quality canned green beans. My family prefers "flat beans" (Cut Italian Green Beans), but regular cut will taste just as good.
Most Helpful

Yes, yes, yes! These are delicious! I add more garlic mainly because we are addicted to it, and some dehydrated chopped onion. I also drain the cans of green beans and then add back about a cup of chicken broth or bouillion - and then cancel the salt. This is a wonderful way to get everyone in the family interested in eating their green beans!! Thanks so much!

TJ-Montana May 21, 2009

I gave this five stars because my gosh, who would have thought these beans could be so simple and yet so good!<br/>I added a teaspoon of red wine vinegar to lift up the flavors. <br/>Thanks for posting!

Bellablue September 15, 2014

For the 2 of us I used 1 can of green beans, chopped a slice of bacon and a couple of garlic cloves. The flavor was awesome. A wonderful fix for canned beans. This is one that I will make again.

PaulaG March 05, 2013