Canned green beans don’t have to be boring! Add onions and bacon to kick up this pantry staple a few notches. This is a family favorite!!
If you have never had the pleasure of eating green beans and bacon together in the same side dish, you’re missing out!
Thanksgiving tables usually have some version of a green bean casserole, but this is something completely different. It’s a southern comfort food classic, and while it could be made with fresh or frozen green beans, canned is just so much cheaper and easier to keep on hand.
Canned green beans can sit in your pantry for years before going bad, making them the perfect addition to an emergency food stockpile.
Canned green beans on their own are already pretty tasty, but when you add in bacon and onions, you elevate it to an entirely new level of awesome.
With just 2 strips of bacon and chopped onion, you can enjoy a crunchy, soft, savory and slightly sweet dish that is incredible, cheap and easy!
Green beans with bacon and onions are the perfect side dish.
With sauteed onions and chopped bacon, even the picky food eaters will enjoy the canned green beans. They would go great paired on a plate with garlic roasted red potatoes or any cut of meat. Everything from a delicious beef roast to a whole cooked turkey or fried chicken.
Because canned green beans with bacon can pair with anything, making it the perfect side dish to enjoy in your home. Keep the ingredients on hand for those lazy days when you don’t want to think too far ahead for dinner, and you can have a quick and easy side to go with dinner on a moment’s notice.
Does it matter what canned green beans you use?
Everybody has their personal favorites when it comes to canned foods. What’s great about this recipe is that it doesn’t matter which brand or cut of green bean you choose to use, they all work well. So if you like whole or french cut green beans, feel free to use the ones you love the most.
A health tip is to select the can of green beans that has the least amount of sodium in it, but again, that’s all your preference and choice!
You can even choose to use your favorite cuts of bacon!
You can choose a thick or thin slice depending on how crunchy or chewy you want the bacon to be. Just keep in mind the flavor of the bacon, because each one will give a different end result. Although, using different kinds of bacon each time you make this canned green bean side dish could be a fun way to experiment and find your favorite way to make it!
Canned Green Beans with Bacon
- 2 strips bacon chopped
- 2 tablespoons bacon grease
- 1/3 cup onion chopped, yellow or purple
- 1 can green beans about 15 ounces
- In a medium skillet, cook bacon until crisp.
- Drain bacon grease, leaving 2 tablespoons in the pan.
- Add the onions, cook until translucent.
- Drain half of the liquid off of the canned green beans.
- Add the green beans and half the liquid into the pan with the onion.
- Cook until almost all the liquid is evaporated.
- Add bacon back into the pan. Stir to combine.