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My Nana’s Famous Green Beans

My Nana's Famous Green Beans! One of the most requested recipes from my family - year-round! Made with just a handful of ingredients, this easy green bean recipe make a delicious addition to any meal!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword green bean recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 146kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 pounds of rinsed and trimmed fresh green beans
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth or water
  • salt and pepper to taste I usually don't add salt because the bacon is plenty salty


  • Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook over medium heat in a heavy 3 qt saucepan until the bacon is fully rendered.
  • DO NOT remove any of the bacon grease - it's what makes these green beans so amazing!
  • Add the onions and saute with bacon until transparent.
  • Add green beans and pepper and stir making sure the bacon drippings are getting mixed in well.
  • Add chicken broth and reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and continue cooking the green beans for 30 minutes up to two hours, stirring occasionally. Make sure there is liquid in the bottom of your pot so that the beans don’t get scorched.
  • Check for seasoning levels and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Enjoy!



Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 429mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1045IU | Vitamin C: 23.5mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1.8mg