southern style greenbeans

Southern Style Green beans

Every true southerner has their own Southern Style Green Bean recipe.  They love to take them to potlucks, share them with others, and talk about how their recipe is different from everyone else’s.

Green beans are another comfort food that’s really hard to mess up.  This easy recipe is so good it will have your family asking for more, and they are a great side to make with almost any main dish.

Aside from the green beans, the ham pieces are probably one of the most important ingredients to make Southern Style Green beans. It gives that perfect flavor that you just can’t create without it. You can use any brand name and it doesn’t have to be ham pieces.  You can use bacon or any type of ham or pork.  The ham pieces are the easiest in my opinion because they are already cut up and ready to go.

southern style green beans

I used fresh green beans in this recipe.  I usually get them from the farmer’s market or at the grocery store.  However, if you are unable to find them you can use frozen beans.

Break the ends off and break each bean in half.  Then you need to wash them thoroughly.

southern style greenbeans

You also need to chop up a small onion, because this gives the beans a ton of flavor.

southern style greenbeans

When you’re finally ready to cook the beans, throw all the ingredients into a large pot and turn on high until it begins to boil. Next, turn it down to a simmer to cook the rest of the time. You will not need to add salt to this recipe, because the chicken stock has enough to season the beans. If you add more it will be too salty.

southern style greenbeans


Southern Style Green beans

southern style greenbeans

Delicious Southern Style Green Beans that will have your family asking for more.  They are so easy and go with almost any main dish.

  • Author: Sheryl Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, ends broken off and beans broke in half
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, (I buy it already minced in a small jar)
  • 1/2 cup small ham pieces, uncooked
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • pepper to taste


Break and wash the green beans.

Cut up onion.

Add green beans to a large pot, then add chicken broth, minced garlic, onion, butter, pepper and ham pieces.  Turn on high heat until it begins to boil, then turn down on low heat to simmer for 1 hour.

Serve warm.


Busy Life Tip: Frozen green beans will work with this recipe if you cannot find fresh ones or don’t have time to break them.  The cooking time should be increased by about 5-10 minutes.

You can use one or two pieces of bacon if you can’t find ham pieces.  Be sure to cut up the bacon into small bite size pieces.

I wouldn’t add any salt to this dish.  The chicken stock has enough salt to season the beans.  If you add more it will be too salty.

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