Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion – Green Beans Like Grandma Used to Make

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Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion is the perfect garden recipe. These green beans like Grandma used to make will take you straight back to your childhood. Adding new potatoes to this recipe is recommended, but optional.

Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion

When I eat green beans from the garden, I want  expect them to taste just the way Grandma (and Mom) made them. I want green beans with bacon and onions and loads of flavor. (Thanks Mom for collaborating to put this old, faithful recipe into writing.)

The process of making garden green beans on the stovetop takes patience, but it’s totally worth it. You have to be willing to let the green beans cook down and absorb all the delicious flavors of diced onion and bacon while they simmer.

I prefer my garden green beans to be very tender; however, you can stop the cooking process whenever the green beans are to your desired consistency.

Green Beans Like Grandma Used to Make

My Grandma had a secret ingredient for making green beans from the garden.

She always put in a cube or two of chicken bouillon in the pot with the green beans. Chicken bouillon adds depth of flavor without it there’s just something missing. It won’t taste like Grandma’s Green Beans.

Back when she was alive, the product Better than Bouillon (As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.) wasn’t around yet, but I know she would have loved it and probably would have used it often in her dishes.

That’s why, I’ve tweaked Grandma’s Old Fashioned Green Beans by just one simple substitution.

Instead of using regular chicken bouillon cubes, I use Better than Chicken Bouillon instead. If you can’t find that product or you just have chicken bouillon on hand, that’s ok too. Just go ahead and use the regular chicken bouillon. It always worked for Grandma.

Ingredient List for Grandma’s Green Beans

Bacon, chopped

Onion, chopped

Fresh Green Beans

Baby Potatoes (optional)

Water

Chicken Base (or chicken bouillon)

Salt

Black Pepper

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Green Beans with New Potatoes

Adding new potatoes to garden green beans is very traditional around these parts. I love those cute little potatoes; they also absorb all the tasty flavors or bacon and onions during cooking.

I even sometimes smash them with a little butter if I’m feeling extra because butter does make everything better.

As much as I like the new potatoes, sometimes I leave them out. You can do the same, if desired.

How to Make Green Beans Like Grandma Made

  1. Prep fresh green beans by washing, snapping away the ends to discard and breaking into bite-sized pieces. Wash and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, add chopped bacon and begin to heat over medium-low heat to let the fat start to render out.
  3. Once the bottom of the pan is lined with grease from the bacon, add chopped onion and cook over medium low heat until softened but not brown.
  4. Add prepared green beans, new potatoes, Better than Chicken Bouillon, salt and pepper. Cover with water until the beans are just barely covered.
  5. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the beans are to your desired texture. This can take up to an hour. If the beans start to get dry, add a little more water. Do not let the beans burn.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for old fashioned green beans with bacon and onions, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion is the perfect garden recipe.  These green beans like Grandma used to make will take you straight back to your childhood.

Notes About Old Fashioned Southern Green Beans

  • Start with fresh green beans.
  • Add more bacon, if desired.
  • Substitute 2 cubes of chicken bouillon or 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon for the Better than Chicken Bouillon, if needed.
  • New potatoes can be omitted, if desired.
  • Southern green beans are done when they are cooked to your desired texture. My family likes them on the softer side, but you can eat them more firm, if desired.
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Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion is the perfect garden recipe.  These green beans like Grandma used to make will take you straight back to your childhood.

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Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion - Green Beans Like Grandma Used to Make

Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion is the perfect garden recipe.  These green beans like Grandma used to make will take you straight back to your childhood. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans like granma used to make, old fashioned green beans, old fashioned green beans with bacon and onion, southern green beans
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 6 - 8 cups fresh green beans (washed, snapped and broken into bite-sized pieces)
  • 6 - 7 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 Medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Better than Chicken Bouillon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Water, to cover
  • 6 - 8 new potatoes (small) or 2 large new potatoes cut into smaller pieces

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, add bacon and cook over medium/low until fat starts to render, and the bottom of the pan is covered with grease.
    Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion is the perfect garden recipe.  These green beans like Grandma used to make will take you straight back to your childhood.
  • Add chopped onion, and sauté until onions are softened but not browned.
    Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion is the perfect garden recipe.  These green beans like Grandma used to make will take you straight back to your childhood.
  • To the skillet, add prepared green beans, new potatoes, Better than Chicken Bouillon, salt and pepper. Add just enough water to cover beans.
    Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion is the perfect garden recipe.  These green beans like Grandma used to make will take you straight back to your childhood.
  • Cook over medium heat heat until the green beans are to your desired texture, stirring occasionally. Do not let all the water evaporate, if it becomes too dry, add a little more water.
    Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon and Onion is the perfect garden recipe.  These green beans like Grandma used to make will take you straight back to your childhood.

Notes

  • Start with fresh green beans.
  • Add more bacon, if desired.
  • Substitute 2 cubes of chicken bouillon or 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon for Better than Chicken Bouillon, if needed.
  • New potatoes can be omitted, if desired.
  • Southern green beans are done when they are cooked to your desired texture. My family likes them on the softer side, but you can eat them more firm, if desired.
  • Looking for a shortcut green bean recipe? Try these Slow Cooker Green Beans starting with canned green beans. 

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