This recipe is for an easy way to make green beans and bacon in only 20 minutes. The best part is that the green beans get tossed with some of the bacon fat, making the whole dish decadent! This is a tasty, memorable side dish for dinner or a special occasion.
The full recipe is at the bottom of this page, but here's a quick overview of what you'll need & how to make it:
- 1 pound green beans, trimmed & chopped (about 5 - 6 cups)
- 5 strips thick cut bacon, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
How to Make Green Beans and Bacon
Step 1: Cook the Green Beans
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the green beans and boil for 8 - 10 minutes. Drain.
Step 2: Cook the Bacon
While the beans boil, cook the bacon. Add the bacon to a large skillet over medium heat and cook until crispy, stirring frequently, about 5 - 7 minutes. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of grease from the pan with the bacon.
Step 3: Add the Green Beans to The Bacon
Add the green beans, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to the pan. Stir to mix and cook for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve immediately.
Tips for this recipe:
How long to boil the green beans:
Boil the green beans for about 8 - 10 minutes, depending on how tender you would like them to be. I usually check them with a fork around the 8 minute mark and let them boil until they are fully tender.
Drain the bacon grease:
You'll want to drain all but 1 tablespoon of bacon grease from the pan before adding the green beans. You can also leave more or less in the pan, but I find that any more can make the beans too greasy.
What type of green beans to use:
You can also use frozen or canned green beans for this recipe. To use frozen green beans, steam them instead of boiling them. To use canned green beans, salt them to taste (some cans come with salt already added) and there's no need to cook them before adding them to the bacon.Print