Experience the comfort of Southern-style braised green beans with this simple and savory slow cooker recipe. Slowly simmered with smoky bacon, the sweet green beans turn perfectly tender, offering a delightful side dish that pairs beautifully with cornbread at a picnic or cozy meal.
- 2 pounds fresh green beans
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup cooked bacon, roughly chopped (approximately 1 pound before cooking)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 small sweet onion, finely diced
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
To adapt the recipe for vegetarian preferences, substitute 2 tablespoons smoked paprika in place of bacon and opt for vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
- Begin by preparing the green beans. Wash them thoroughly and trim off the ends.
- In a slow cooker, combine the chicken broth, water, minced garlic, diced sweet onion, salt, and pepper.
- Add the prepared green beans to the slow cooker, making sure they are fully submerged in the liquid.
- Sprinkle the chopped cooked bacon evenly over the green beans.
- Cover the slow cooker with its lid and set it to cook on the low setting. Allow the green beans to cook for 6-8 hours, or until they become tender and flavorful. Stir occasionally if desired.
- Once the green beans are perfectly tender and infused with the smoky bacon flavor, they are ready to serve. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Serve your Southern-style braised green beans as a delicious side dish alongside cornbread, or as part of your favorite Southern-inspired meal.
For a vegetarian alternative, follow the provided substitution for bacon and broth mentioned in the ingredients section.