Southern Style Green Beans

May 14th is Mother’s Day here in the USA.  For all the mothers out there,  Happy Mother’s Day.  Hopefully, good food will be part of your day.

Mother’s Day is celebrated all around the world in different ways and different times.  Here in the USA, we celebrate the day by giving mothers gifts and flowers and a day off from cooking and other household chores.  My favorite way to spend Mother’s Day is with a family dinner of grilled burgers.

This recipe for green beans is in honor of my own mom.  It is not her recipe because she did not like to cook. Early on in my childhood she became the designated sweet tea maker while my dad did all the cooking.

She may not have cared for cooking, but she was one heck of a gardener. She grew the best green beans as well as many other vegetables. She also had a beautiful flower garden. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of any of her flowers or vegetables.  I wish I did.  I remember that she always grew Kentucky Wonder green beans.  Here is a picture of some Kentucky Wonder green beans courtesy of

I am sure that my love of gardening came from my mom.  I don’t have room to grow vegetables but I do have a lot of summer flowers that I grow and enjoy.  I believe she would love all of them.  Here are a couple of pictures from last summer.

I love green beans cooked any way but I especially love them cooked the Southern way, which essentially means cooked to death.  These green beans will not have the bright green color that you get when cooking until just crisp-tender, but the flavor will make up for it.  This is a very easy recipe to make but it does take some time for the cooking process.  The aroma of these green beans while cooking takes me back to my Southern upbringing.

Southern Style Green Beans

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 pound of fresh green beans or 16 ounce size frozen green beans
1 1/2 slices of bacon, finely diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1-2 cups water
salt and pepper, to taste

If using fresh green beans, wash the beans and snap the ends off.  Leave whole.

In a medium Dutch oven or large saucepan, fry the bacon until most of the fat has been rendered.  Add the onion and sauté about two minutes or until onion is translucent.  Add the green beans, stirring until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.  Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add one cup of water.  Cover the pan and simmer on low heat until the green beans are very tender, approximately one hour.   Check the green beans on occasion, and add more water as needed.  Before serving, drain if desired.  

1.  When simmering the green beans, you will want a very low simmer and not a rolling boil.
2.  I like to snap the ends off the fresh green beans and cook them whole.  If using frozen, I buy the whole green beans.



  1. Hi Bev, your mom would so be proud of your green thumb for sure! The flowers are beautiful and so are these southern green beans. I lived in the south for some time and completely get it about the BACON and green beans!!! They are all about the bacon. Thanks for reminding me of this delicious side dish. What mother wouldn’t love to have these on Mother’s Day? XOXO

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