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Bacon Green Beans

Need a simple and flavorful side dish that can be served all year long? Make a big batch of these Bacon Green Beans!

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Why You’ll Love Bacon Green Beans

  • This recipe is sweet, smoky, bacon-y, and oh-so-delicious! It will quickly become one of your favorite easy side dishes.
  • This dish can be served all year round. Whether it’s May, December, or any other month, this recipe feels perfect for the season!
  • You can use frozen, canned, or fresh green beans. Your choice depends on what’s in season, what’s in your kitchen, or how much effort you want to put in.

Ingredients Needed to Make This Bacon Green Beans Recipe

Ingredient quantities are located in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Green beans (frozen, canned, or fresh) ⭐
  • Bacon
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Liquid smoke
  • Swerve Brown or another brown sugar substitute
  • Onion
  • Garlic

It probably goes without saying, but fresh green beans will result in the crunchiest final texture, frozen the second crunchiest, and canned the least crunchy. Try all three and see which you prefer!

How to Make Bacon Green Beans {Quick Overview}

This is just a quick overview of some of the steps involved in making the low carb green bean side dish. For the recipe in detail, including exact measurements used at each step, scroll to the recipe card at the end of the post.

First, prepare your green beans per the instructions on the recipe card. If you’re using fresh green beans and don’t know how to blanch them, not to worry! Check the next section for my quick blanching guide.

Next, make the bacon…

overhead view of skillet on stovetop with six slices of raw bacon

… and cut into small pieces. Set aside.

overhead view of skillet on stovetop with fried bacon

Add chopped onion to the bacon grease in the skillet and saute until translucent.

Drain extra fat, then add Worcestershire sauce, Swerve Brown, and liquid smoke. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Add green beans and mix with the sauce. Cook for 10-12 minutes until softened.

Mix in bacon pieces and cook for 1-2 more minutes to reheat the bacon.

overhead view of skillet on stovetop with cooked bacon green beans after combining and cooking

Serve and enjoy. This is a great recipe for potlucks, parties, and your dinner table!

sideview of bacon green beans and air fried chicken breast on white plate ready to serve

How to Blanch Green Beans 🌱

Technically you can add raw green beans to this recipe since the recipe involves further heating up (and thus cooking) the green beans, but I’ve found that they are a bit too crunchy without a quick blanch first.

To blanch green beans, here’s what you need:

  • A large pot (to cook the beans)
  • A large bowl (to cool off the beans)
  • Ice + water
  • Fresh green beans
  • A slotted spoon or similar utensil

Blanching in four simple steps:

  1. Boil water: Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the green beans. Increase the heat to bring the water to a rolling boil.
  2. Prep the ice bath: As the water begins to boil, prep a bowl of ice water.
  3. Cook the beans: After trimming the ends off your green beans and once the water is boiling, carefully add the beans to the pot. Cook for 2-4 minutes, based on your preference for tenderness (keeping in mind that, for this recipe, you will cook them further).
  4. Cool down the beans: Promptly transfer the green beans to the ice water using a slotted spoon. After cooling, drain the beans and remove excess moisture by patting them dry.

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Nutrition Facts for This Easy Bacon Onion Green Beans Recipe

Per serving (6 total servings):

  • 135 calories
  • 9g fat
  • 5g protein
  • 7g net carbs
overhead view of ready to serve bacon and onion green beans recipe in a skillet on stovetop

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Bacon Green Beans

Need a simple and flavorful side dish that can be served all year long? Make a big batch of these Bacon Green Beans!
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Course: Keto Side Dishes, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: bacon green beans, gluten free recipes, green bean recipes, keto side dishes, low carb side dishes, sugar free recipes, vegetable side dishes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 135kcal

Ingredients

  • 24 to 28 oz green beans frozen, canned, or fresh
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/4 cup Swerve Brown or another brown sugar substitute
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Instructions

To Prepare Green Beans

  • If using frozen green beans, allow to thaw in the fridge overnight or for eight hours. Drain any excess water.
  • If using canned green beans, drain any excess water.
  • If using fresh green beans, blanch green beans and then cut into bite-sized pieces. (Not sure how to blanch beans? Check out the post for the "How to Blanch Green Beans" section.)

To Prepare Dish

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy.
  • Turn off heat and carefully cut bacon into small pieces using a spatula or kitchen scissors. (If the bacon is too hot to handle, you can let it cool first.)
  • Remove bacon pieces from pan and set aside.
  • Return stovetop to medium heat. Add the chopped onion to the bacon grease in the skillet and saute the onions until they turn translucent.
  • Drain any remaining fat from the pan, then add Worcestershire sauce, Swerve Brown, and liquid smoke. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add green beans to skillet and mix to coat the beans with the sauce. Cook for 10-12 minutes until green beans have softened.
  • Add bacon pieces to green beans, stir, and cook for 1-2 additional minutes to reheat the bacon.

Notes

If using frozen or canned green beans, use cut green beans, not whole green beans.
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 190mg8%
Potassium 337mg10%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 858IU17%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer



Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.

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