Southern Style Seasoned Green Beans (From Canned)

"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."
Southern Style Seasoned Green Beans (From Canned) created by lazyme
Ready In:
4 cups


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


  • Cook the bacon in a heavy sauce pan (do not crisp the bacon, just cook enough to extract the drippings). Remove from heat.
  • Empty the 2 cans of cut green beans into the sauce pan directly on top of the cooked bacon and drippings.
  • Add salt to taste and then the 1/4 teaspoons of minced garlic. Stir well and return to heat.
  • 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).
  • Serve and enjoy.
  • NOTE - Use good quality canned green beans. My family prefers "flat beans" (Cut Italian Green Beans), but regular cut will taste just as good.

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  1. faverruth
    I drained Allen's flat Italian green beans and substituted one carton of vegetable broth for liquid, and I used powdered garlic and onion to taste. I simmered for an hour, but if time is an issue, they taste amazing after 30 minutes.
  2. ccolson
    Do you drain the green beans?
  3. Kristine R.
    Had my doubts but I had all the ingredients and needed another side for party last minute and I didn't want to run to store. I simmered about 50 min. Everyone raved, more than the main dish that I spent all day on. It had the nice bacon flavor but no slimy greasy feel. Will make it again - maybe add shallots.
  4. Bellablue
    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!
  5. PaulaG
    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.



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