Cook up a batch of southern green beans in a skillet in just minutes. This keto-friendly recipe uses bacon, onion, and garlic and only has 4g net carbs!
Southern foods are the epitome of comfort foods, and few things are as comforting as bacon. I love finding new recipes that use bacon. It adds the perfect amount of saltiness, crunch, smokiness, and a touch of natural sweetness too!
This southern green beans recipe is perfect all year long. It isn't seasonal and it goes with just about any dish that you can think of. It's a family favorite because you can easily adapt it to feed a crowd or just two people.
This is about to become one of your favorite keto-friendly side dish recipes of all time!
Ingredients Needed For Southern Green Beans
It might feel like a delicacy, but this southern-style recipe uses ingredients that are super easy to find. I'll share all the exact amounts in the printable recipe card, but first, I want to share some tips about what I used.
I used fresh green beans for this meal. They are easy to prepare - just snap the ends off and then cut them in half.
If you want to save yourself time, use frozen green beans. Just let them thaw and get rid of as much water as you can before adding them to the frying pan.
Any kind of chicken broth will be perfect in this recipe. If you want it to have a bolder taste, use chicken stock.
You can also use low-sodium chicken broth if you are trying use watch how much salt you consume.
The type of butter isn't very important. If you use salted butter, just use less salt in the recipe.
For the best flavor, use fresh garlic cloves! If you don't have fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder, but it won't have the same taste.
To save yourself time, use frozen diced onion instead of fresh.
If you want to chop your own onions, use white or yellow. Red onions will have a lot more flavor but might overpower the rest of the recipe.
To keep this recipe keto-friendly, always use sugar-free bacon. Don't use maple-cured bacon.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Make the bacon first. If you want to save time in food-prep, make your bacon ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
- Reserve a little bit of bacon grease. If you make your bacon ahead of time, save some of the bacon grease. This is what gives the green beans their signature taste.
- Add salt to the broth. This will help tenderize the green beans faster.
- If you want to lower the number of carbs even further, leave out the onions.
How To Make Southern Green Beans With Bacon
Every single step, along with the tips and ingredients, is in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, I have some extra information along with some step-by-step photos.
Saute The Garlic And Onion
First, fry the bacon and reserve some of the grease. Then, sauté the garlic and onions in the bacon grease. After they caramelize (which only takes a few minutes), remove it and set it aside.
Boil the Green Beans In The Chicken Broth
This is the step that takes the longest! Boil the green beans in the chicken broth for about 45 minutes. If you are using frozen green beans, it will only take about 10 minutes.
Add The Bacon and Butter
When the green beans are completely cooked, drain the chicken broth. Then, add the green beans, bacon, and some butter back into the skillet. Cook everything up until they are nice and hot.
What To Serve With Southern Green Beans Recipe
Frequently Asked Questions About Southern Green Beans
Before we get to the recipe card, here are a few questions people often ask about how to make this keto-friendly side dish.
Are green beans keto-friendly?
Green beans might not be the vegetable with the lowest number of carbs, but they do fit in with a keto-friendly diet. One cup of green beans has 6g net carbs.
How do you make it taste spicy?
A popular way to make southern green beans taste spicier is to add cajun seasoning. You could also add some cayenne pepper, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, or a splash of hot sauce.
How do you store leftover green beans?
The best way to store leftover green beans is in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
Tip: The bacon might not be as crispy, so reheat it in a skillet.
How long will fresh green beans last?
If you buy fresh green beans, they will stay nice and crisp for up to 7 days.
Can you make them in the crockpot?
Yes, you can make this recipe in the crockpot! Just make the bacon ahead of time and add it to the green beans 10 minutes before you serve them.
If you make them in the crockpot, the green beans will be extra-soft and infused with flavor.
Add some southern flair to your dinner table with this meal-time favorite. These southern green beans are a popular recipe that you'll have memorized in no time at all.
Other Green Bean Recipes To Try
If you enjoyed these southern green beans, check out these low-carb side dish ideas next. They are some of our favorites!
- Green Bean Fries is a crispy snack that is fun to dunk in keto-friendly sauces.
- Sauteed Green Beans and Mushrooms are super easy and ready in mere minutes.
- Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole is low in carbs and tastes like your favorite holiday side dish.
- Green Beans Almondine looks stunning on your dinner table and has a delightful crunch.
- Roasted Jicama With Green Beans has an unmistakable flavor that you'll want to make again.
Southern Style Green Beans
- 1 pound green beans ends removed and cut into pieces
- ½ medium onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 3 slices bacon chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place the chopped bacon into a saucepan over medium heat on the stove and cook until done to your liking. Remove, and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- Remove most of the excess bacon grease from the saucepan but leave a bit in the bottom.
- Add the onion to the saucepan and cook until they become tender. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds longer. Remove, and set aside.
- Place the beans and chicken broth into the saucepan and bring to a light boil. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes to an hour. If needed, you can add water when the liquid runs low during the cooking process.
- Drain the beans, add the butter, onions, garlic and bacon back into the saucepan, and stir to combine well. Add salt and pepper to taste before serving.
Notes on Nutritional Information
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