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Bacon Green Bean Side Dish – A Quick and Easy Recipe

This bacon green bean side dish is sure to please your guests this Thanksgiving! If you need a quick, last-minute side dish recipe, this one is perfect!

Bacon Green Bean Side Dish - A Quick and Easy Recipe

A bacon side dish recipe to try

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re all enjoying your day with family and friends, and most of all, good FOOD!

I needed to make an easy vegetable side dish, our broccoli cheese casserole was forgotten and burnt to a crisp. I scoured the cabinets to see what I could make, finding a can of green beans. Ok, that’ll work, but plain old green beans wouldn’t do it. I decided to adopt the idea I used in my corn and bacon saute and try a bacon green bean side dish. Holy moly was it good! Get the recipe below, and if you love all things bacon, this slow cooker bacon and corn chowder is an easy recipe you’ll love!

Green beans and bacon Thanksgiving Side Dish

Bacon Green Bean Side Dish Recipe

The purpose of this green beans and bacon recipe is ease and taste, and I promise you this one is not lacking! All you have to do is saute the ingredients, steam, and serve.


  • 1 – 14 1/2 oz. can Del Monte whole green beans, drained
  • 6 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Fry up the bacon strips

In a large saucepan, fry the bacon slices until crispy. Remove bacon from the pan and set it aside to allow it to cool.

Bacon frying in a cast iron skillet

Step 2: Stir in the garlic and onion

Over medium heat, retain the bacon grease in the saucepan and add the minced garlic and diced onions to the pan. Stir to coat, about 2-3 minutes, then crumble the bacon strips into the pan.

Step 3: Add the green beans and simmer

Next, add the whole green beans, lightly season with salt and pepper as desired, and stir for a minute or two until all ingredients are combined. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the green beans are tender. Stir every 5 minutes and re-cover.

Easy green beans and bacon recipe

I love that my kids were fans of this bacon green bean side dish. I am sure that it is because of the bacon, but I’m not complaining! This recipe makes about 6 servings, so I would double it for larger families or leftovers. Give this Thanksgiving side dish idea a try, it is definitely a crowd-pleaser!

Enjoy this green bean side dish!

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Canbassador Program with Cans Get You Cooking. I am being compensated for my time, however, all opinions are my own. I have cooked with canned food for years!


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