Slow Cooker Recipe | Fresh Green Beans and Bacon. Lots of Bacon

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There’s one summer vegetable that I love fresh picked more than the rest … green beans.

As a kid I remember helping my mom snap fresh green beans every summer and watching her drop them in the pot with the hideous looking ham hocks. It was a task that I don’t remember resenting even though I wasn’t fond of being in the kitchen.

These days … I don’t mind the chore for the first ten minutes or so. Then I’m just bored and turn the snapping job over to hubs.

snapping fresh green beans

The fun for me doesn’t begin until I start dropping all of the ingredients in the 7 qt slow cooker. You can of course cook stove top green beans a lot faster but I prefer to let the slow cooker do all the work and come home to a house that smells just incredible.

The key (for me) to great tasting fresh green beans is the bacon. Lots and lots of bacon. Oh and the bacon grease too! I won’t even try to claim these are healthy, they’re comfort food that you might find in a southern kitchen.

slow cooker green beans and bacon

Eight hours later you get a dish of savory green beans that just melt in your mouth!

slow cooker fresh green beans

These really could be a meal all by themselves but I like to serve this with a small slow cooker ham, cottage cheese and warm Vienna bread with sea salt & olive oil butter.

Slow Cooker Green Beans and Bacon
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Type: Main Dish
Serves: 10
  • 2 - 49 oz cans Swanson Chicken broth
  • 2 large bags of fresh green beans (sorry, I don't weigh or measure them)
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion
  • 1 pound of Oscar Mayer bacon, cut into chunks
  • 6 small red potatoes, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into chunks
  1. Prep the green beans by cutting off the ends and snapping each bean in half. Then rinse the green beans and drop them in a 7 qt slow cooker.
  2. Fry the bacon just until crispy and pour the cooked bacon and all of the drippings over the green beans.
  3. Add the chicken broth to the slow cooker.
  4. Cut the onion into bite size chunks and drop them in the slow cooker along with the potatoes.
  5. Add the pepper and salt. Stir.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 8 hours.
  7. minutes before the green beans are done, add the butter.
  8. Serve warm and save the rest for left overs.


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  1. says

    Love the idea of this in the slow cooker! And fresh green beans, my mouth is totally watering. I haven’t been cooking much lately with vacation and finishing up school. I love that your blog inspires me to get going again! :)

    • says

      I know what you mean. This is the first thing I’ve cooked since our vacation. I really need to get back in the kitchen and cook daily … but I’ll miss having a plate dropped in front of me without all the work.

  2. Carolyn G says

    Wow that looks awesome. I wish I had seen this recipe before because I just cooked up the last of my green beans from the garden. For some reason I never thought about making them with bacon. DOH!

  3. Indira says

    I will try it , but I don`t have a slow cooker (on my country is cheaper use the stove that the electricity), so I`ll make it on stove top, I can`t wait to taste it. Thanks,


  4. says

    Those green beans look just like my Grandma’s so they must be delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe Cat!

  5. says

    That looks sooo good. My mom used to make something similar. It’s been forever since I’ve had fresh green beans and bacon together.

  6. says

    My family, we all love green bean. We did lots of menus of it.
    This recipe looks simple and yummy. But I wonder if 8 hours is too pulpy for green bean?

  7. Lequeta Presson says

    Good Morning, If I cut the recipe in half, do I cut the cooking time in half also? These sound amazing.

  8. Dee says

    Have you ever thought about adding olive oil instead of butter and bacon? I grew up with green beans from the garden with bacon and fat but after I started eating healthier I use olive oil. Tastes really good . I never have used a crock pot before so decided to look up a recipe for how long to cook them I never use onions but that sounds really good. Can’t this time as I have a stepson coming for thanksgiving and he won’t eat them but I’m going to next time. I love onions !