Southern Green Beans

Southern, Soul Food Green Beans

I was raised on string beans and this southern green beans recipe is a favorite with my family. I love that it’s so easy, yet full of flavor.

Now I won’t even lie, I usually only fix homemade, fresh green beans for holidays and special occassions. Normally I just crack open a can of green beans, throw them the a pot with some Goya seasoning and call it a day! I got a TON of fresh green beans from Aldi’s because they were on sale and I just couldn’t pass them up. I’m so glad I didn’t! Canned green beans just can’t compare to a pot of homemade, savory green beans.

southern green beans recipe

You can easily substitute the smoked turkey sausage with crispy bacon if you’d like or just leave the meat out altogether. That savory chicken broth, fresh onion and garlic does quiet the job with seasoning these southern green beans to perfection.

If adding bacon, fry it up separately and add it to the greens beans when done.  That way you won’t have soggy, weird tasting bacon.

Watch me make thee southern green beans from start to finish!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Southern Green Beans
  • 1 lb. of fresh, green beans
  • ½ cup of finely chopped white onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup or more, chopped smoked sausage or smoked bacon
  • 1-2 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes seasoning salt & black pepper to taste.
  1. Wash the green beans.
  2. Snap off the ends of the greens beans and cut or snap the green beans into pieces. Set aside.
  3. Finely dice onion, garlic, and smoked sausage. Set aside.
  4. In a saucepan or pot, melt butter.
  5. Add in onion, garlic, smoked sausage and chicken broth.
  6. Bring to a boil and add in rd pepper flakes
  7. Add in green beans.
  8. Cover and simmer for 1- 1½ hours. Check the green beans every 5 minutes after the one hour mark. You don't want to overcook them or they will be mushy!
  9. Season with seasoning salt & black pepper.
  10. Serve and enjoy!



  1. Dominique bradford says

    This recipe is amazing. I made them with jowl bacon all time best meat to cook anything green with. The chicken broth garlic and onion gave them an amazing flavor. My kids at them all. They have never ate my beans like this before. I am so appreciative for this recipe. It takes like someone’s grandma ma them from Alabama. Amazing. Divas can cook!

  2. Jazzy says

    I made these for Thanksgiving & they were delicious! It is very hard to find a good recipe online at times, but this recipe has changed my mind! I also made them again for dinner one day b/c my husband kept talking about how good they are. I will always use fresh green beans & this recipe from here on out! Thanks for this great recipe! :)

  3. vlivelove says

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I made it as a side dish for this Easter weekend and my hubby and in-laws enjoyed it to the fullest! I thank God for people like you that post yummy recipes! Keep up the God-Great work!

  4. says

    If you ask any one who knows me they will all say the say thing. Ambra can not cook. My mom got sick in November of 2008 and not one holiday has been the same since. I found myself realizing that she was the common denominator in regards to the family coming together and getting a home cooked meal. I have gone these past few holidays without a home cooked meal or sweet potato pie and that is pure torture and depressing. No one I know cooks anymore or just never really cooked in the first place. I decided just a week ago while realizing Thanksgiving was a flop and christmas is is drawing near, that this is going to change I said to myself I am about to get in this kitchen and transform. I thought one dish at a time and I will cook through out the year to be ready for next christmas but after I tried your recipe for southern green beans I will be headed to the grocery store with my list to complete a christmas meal from your menu this year. Thank you and yes absolutely Divas can cook. I can’t wait to try out your peach cobbler recipe. looking at the ingredients and watching the video, I think it’s exactly how my mom made hers.

  5. RDC says

    I made these last night for dinner. They were sooo good. My husband had about three plates. I am so grateful for your website. I’ve always wanted to learn to cook but was never really good at it because I had no one to teach me. It was a blessing to run across your sight.

  6. Demiere says

    This recipe wasn’t what I expected. It was okay but I ended up having to use extra season salt and black pepper. If you are sensitive to hot spices, work with 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. However the rest of your recipes Monique are the bomb!

  7. Sheryle says

    I’ve been looking for my “grandma’s” southern green bean recipe for Christmas dinner. It’s been a while since I made these and could not remember if I put onion to them or not! This is basically her recipe. I skip the hot pepper flakes and add a very little bit of fresh ground black pepper and seasoned salt to taste. I’ve never used garlic, not sure if I would like it in this recipe. And to really make it a meal, grandma also added small white or red potatoes after the first hour of cooking. If you can’t find the smaller potatoes go ahead and add larger yellow potatoes that are cut into smaller pieces. Spoon the cooked beans and potatoes onto your plate, mash the potatoes with a fork, add butter and then use the pan broth as “gravy”! YUM!!!! You really need the chicken broth here (I use Swanson’s Chicken STOCK) for flavor so don’t use just water and I also use good bacon. TIP..Bake the bacon in your oven and save that good bacon grease. Add a bit of that when you add the bacon…delicious! The long cooking time is essential! You want some of the green beans to open and spill the beans inside into the stew.

  8. melissa says

    wow! my kids ate these green beans up! barely gave me any to taste. The aroma smelled soo good. thanks for his recipe. I’m becoming a better cook with your help. thanks and god blesss.

  9. Ember says

    I wanna make these beans for Christmas, and I cooked ur greens recipe already and they were sooooo good and meaty!…just how I like my greens! could I use ham hocks or smoked turkey legs instead of the sausage in this recipe?

  10. Ms.Hill says

    Monique you got it going on with these green beans girl.

    Didn’t have to cook them an hour though. They were tender before that!

  11. Mocha_B says

    I tried this recipe today to go with my homemade scallop potatoes and it was BOMB! My family loved it.

  12. Bee says

    Will this work with frozen green beans? Also what flavor Goya do you use with the canned green beans?

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