Smothered Green Beans Recipe -
Smothered Green Beans Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Smothered Green Beans

Recipe by  

"Fresh green beans with a robust bacon, onion, and garlicky flavor."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 4 to 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    50 mins


  1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until the fat begins to render. Stir in onions and garlic; let cook for 1 minute. Stir in beans and water. Let the beans cook until the water has evaporated and the beans are tender. If the beans are not tender once the water has evaporated, add a small amount more water and let them cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and serve.
Kitchen-Friendly View

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 01, 2007

Nice change from the traditional green bean casserole for the Holidays. Used a packaged thick sliced bacon and frozen whole petite green beans. Cooked the bacon whole first until it was crisp then removed from pan. As per other reviews only retained about 1 tablespoon of the grease. When I added the beans and the water I put a lid on the pan but left it cracked which allowed the beans that were not in the water to steam, while allowing the water to evaporate. When the beans were cooked and the water was pretty much gone, I returned the crisp bacon which I had chopped to the pan and tossed, put the lid on tightly and just let it sit for about two hours. I didn't want the beans to get mushy, but did want the bacon to soften up a bit. Right before serving I just heated it up. Everybody loved it - will definitely make again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 17, 2008

As I always have with other vegetables as well, I frequently cook green beans with bacon and garlic. It was the addition of onion and the cooking method itself, that caught my eye. I always saute the bacon and garlic, then add the COOKED green beans to the pan and toss to coat. With this recipes's method, the green beans lose their vibrant color, the bacon gets limp, and the dish looks "muddied" overall. I'll stick to my method, where both the beans and the bacon retain their rich color and where the bacon flavor enhances, rather than overwhelms, the beans.

Nov 09, 2006

This turned out yummy, although the onion and garlic flavor was overshadowed by the bacon. It was also a tad greasy so I felt like it wasn't as healthy as green beans should be. Next time I think I will cook the bacon completely in the pan first, then set aside to drain on paper towels. I will pour out all but a tablespoon or two of grease, and then cook the beans, onion and garlic in those drippings with the water. Hopefully that will allow some of the other flavors to come out.

Jul 24, 2003

This is a GREAT tasting recipe! Reminded me of green beans from when I was a kid. I just cut up the bacon with kitchen shears, it's a lot easier than using a knife.

Dec 19, 2003

Great side dish, though I wouldn't recommend covering the skillet while cooking - the bacon and onions got a little watery. I added toasted almonds which added to its great flavor.

Dec 25, 2003

I was hoping that the little black cloud from friday would clear out, and I FINALLY did something right...made a successful meal, which included these beans. YUM. I used red onion (my favorite) and instead of water, I used beef broth.. we all liked this one, thanks Michele ;) Now that I am home bound...CHEERS!!

Feb 11, 2008

I thought this was a good recipe although I like to add my previously cooked bacon at the end so it's not soft. I always read other reviews for suggestions. thanks Michelle for the recipe.

Aug 05, 2007

Really tasty way to eat green beans. Everyone enjoyed them, except for my green bean hating 8 year old, but she was the exception! Followed the advice of removing the bacon grease (left just enough to barely cover the pan), cooked the onions and garlic and added chicken broth instead of water. When green beans were just about finished, I added back in the cooked bacon pieces to warm them back up. Will definitely make again!


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 97 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 343 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More

About the Cook

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Rockin' Tacos
Rockin' Tacos

A simple tortilla topped with Mexican fillings gives you a burst of spicy flavor.

Mexican Desserts
Mexican Desserts

Flan, churros, tres leches cake? We have these and so many more. It's fiesta time!

Spring Sale! Only $5.99
Spring Sale! Only $5.99

Great recipes and cooking tips! For a limited time, get a year of Allrecipes Magazine for $5.99.

Related Videos

All about Green Beans

Thick or thin, whole or French cut, raw or cooked, green beans are the best side.

Slow-Cooked Green Beans

Slow-cooked green beans with bacon—it's Southern-style comfort food at its best.

Syrian Green Beans with Olive Oil

See how to make a quick-and-easy green bean side.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States