These Crock Pot Green Beans with bacon and onions are easy to make for a crowd. A work pitch-in, family reunion or holiday dinner is not complete without this iconic side dish.
Green beans fixed with bacon and onions are a staple on menus across the Midwest (maybe across the country…). You can go to any cafe or restaurant serving “homestyle” dishes and find green beans on the menu.
While fresh green beans are always great to use, sometimes we just don’t have the time (nor the energy) to prep a huge pan of green beans when we are looking to feed a crowd. Cracking open a few cans of green beans is definitely a time saver.
Crock Pot Green Beans
The only prep you have with this dish is cutting up the bacon into good-size chunks and frying it in a skillet on the stove or in an electric skillet. Cook the bacon until it is just browned but not extra crispy.
Be sure to keep that bacon grease and add it to the slow cooker insert with the green beans and the rest of the ingredients.
If your family is like ours, we have some folks who are not big fans of onions (it’s more of a texture issue, than a taste issue). Leaving the onion in large quarters allows the green beans to absorb the onion flavor but you can pull them out so your onion haters don’t see them.
- 6 (15.5 oz.) cans green beans, undrained
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 2 Tablespoons Chicken Bouillon
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- 6 slices bacon, chunked
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Cook bacon in skillet on stove top until partially cooked.
- Add all ingredients into the slow cooker insert, including bacon and bacon grease.
- Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours.