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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Smothered Green Beans

Your new favorite side dish is here! These green beans are smothered in a simple sweet and sour sauce with plenty of crumbled bacon.

close up of smothered green beans with bits of bacon served with bbq chicken in the background

        This simple side dish is popular enough to be welcomed at your holiday table and easy enough to make it for a regular family meal. The green beans get a ton of flavor from brown sugar, soy sauce, butter and a bit of garlic. Of course the crispy bits of bacon don't hurt either.

         These green beans might be one of the more popular side dishes I've ever made.  The first time I made them 4 of us (including one six year old) ate the whole batch.

         That is almost a whole can of green beans a piece! And there was plenty of other food to go around, so it's not like we were starving.

        The next time I threw them together thinking it would be just us for dinner. But we had a turkey on the grill, so it seemed a shame not to invite some people to enjoy it with us.

pan of green beans with bacon on top in background with bowl of sauce mixture for smothered green beans, ready to smother and cook

        I immediately regretted not doubling the recipe. The pan was practically licked clean!

       Side dishes are usually a bit hard for me to decide on. It's hard to get inspired or creative.

        So when I saw a local food facebook star, The Farm Stand, post her famous green beans I was inspired. She caters large events, so her recipe was scaled up quite a bit.

       I scaled it down to a family dinner size and lightened it up just a bit. Going whole hog on the holidays is one thing, but I knew I was making these for just because.

square pan of green beans and bacon smothered in delicious sauce straight from the oven

         The vegetable section of my dinner plate is usually something I want to feel good about. So I dialed back the butter and brown sugar a bit.

        Having never had the all in version, we didn't know we were missing anything.  So we were very happy with the results.

Dinner plate loaded with smothered green beans and bacon and bbq chicken

        This recipe is already on repeat at our house and I don't see that changing any time soon!  You are going to have to give them a try so you can see why we love them so much.

These green beans would go great with:

smothered green beans, sweet and sour green beans, green beans with bacon
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Yield: 9 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee

Smothered Green Beans

Your new favorite side dish is here! These green beans are smothered in a simple sweet and sour sauce with plenty of crumbled bacon.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 50 M


  • 3 14.5 ounce cans of green beans, drained
  • 6 slices cooked bacon
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


How to cook Smothered Green Beans

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a n 8 inch square baking dish or similar sized casserole. 
  2. Dump drained green beans into baking dish.  Crumble or chop bacon and sprinkle over the top of green beans.
  3. In a small bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic powder. Drizzle over green beans and bacon.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  5. Stir to coat before serving. 
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Your new favorite side dish is here! These green beans are smothered in a simple sweet and sour sauce with plenty of crumbled bacon


  1. What a great idea to add bacon to the string beans. They look great and I will have to try your recipe

    1. Bacon and green beans are a match made in heaven! I hope you enjoy it!

  2. If our house had an official vegetable, green beans would be it. HA! By far the most requested veggie of all. These green beans would be a sure hit..they look amazing!

    1. Green beans would be up there on our official list as well! Surprisingly Little Dude likes green beans and broccoli most of all.

  3. I make green beans like this all the time...but a sauce, friend you just took them to the top notch of green beans! YUM!

    1. This does kick them up a notch for sure!

  4. Wow, this sounds wonderful. I like that you dialed back on the butter and brown sugar. I have got to make these green beans!

    1. It makes them a bit healthier but still super flavorful!

  5. This is a delicious recipe for green beans, we will love it! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  6. I'm taking this dish to our next family dinner! I don't care for the traditional green bean dish that usually shows up, but this one... Carlee, I know I will love!

    1. I hope you do!! I'll be curious to hear about it!


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