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Garlic Green Beans with Bacon

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Garlic green beans with bacon is easy, simple and loaded with flavor. Bacon is cooked in a skillet, then green beans and garlic are sautéed in a small amount of the bacon grease. Everything is tossed together at the last minute for an easy side dish.

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Garlic Green Beans with Bacon

This is a simple side dish recipe that can be paired with anything really. We had this for dinner along with stuffed acorn squash. This would taste great with chicken, fish, pork or beef.

We love green beans in our house, I make air fryer green beans often, or simply boil them and drizzle freshly squeezed lemon on top.

But I’m going to be adding this recipe to our regular rotation. Adding a bit of bacon to a vegetable is *chef’s kiss*! It’s a simple idea that gives very flavorful results. My husband gobbled these right up! Daughter did too.

This is also the perfect Fall recipe to serve at your Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday celebrations. If you can, grab a bag of green beans straight from the Farmer’s Market – they’re always greener, crisper and have more flavor.

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Garlic Green Beans with Bacon Ingredients

You only need five ingredients for this flavorful side dish. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Green Beans – You’ll need 1 lb of green beans. These are washed and stems are removed.
  • Bacon – You’ll need 6 pieces of bacon that will be cooked and sliced.
  • Garlic – 3 garlic cloves are minced for the recipe.
  • Salt and Pepper – Used to season the beans.
Cooked green beans and bacon in black skillet with plaid kitchen towel underneath

Garlic Green Beans with Bacon Instructions

This side dish is cooked in two main steps:

  1. Cook Bacon – Add the bacon to a frying pan and cook until crispy. Pat the excess grease from the bacon, then slice in to bite-sized pieces. Set those aside.
  2. Sautee Green Beans – Leave 1-2 Tbsp of bacon grease in the bottom of the pan and discard the rest. Add the beans and minced garlic. Cover with a lid and cook until the beans soften, about 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Last Minute – Add the chopped cooked bacon back to the frying pan and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Get the full printable recipe card with instructions at the bottom of this post.

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More Side Dish Recipes

  • Roasted Root Vegetables – Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, rutabaga, turnips and brussels sprouts are baked in the oven, then topped with fresh pomegranate seeds. 
  • Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – A delicious and easy plant-based side dish that you can pair with any meal. 
  • Buffalo Cauliflower Bites – These have the perfect kick to them. They’re healthy, spicy, and will remind you of your favorite pub wings.
  • Asparagus Tomato Feta Salad – It’s so simple to put together and can be made in less than 10 minutes (which includes cooking asparagus). The result is fresh and flavorful.
  • Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts – So yum! They’re healthy, crunchy, and kids usually love them (because of their crispy deliciousness).

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Garlic Green Beans with Bacon

Garlic green beans with bacon is easy, simple and loaded with flavor. Bacon is cooked in a skillet, then green beans and garlic are sautéed in a small amount of the bacon grease. Everything is tossed together at the last minute for an easy side dish.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 176kcal


  • 6 bacon slices
  • 1 lb green beans
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • salt and pepper - to taste


  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Drain excess grease from the pan, leaving about 2 Tbsp of grease for cooking the beans.
  • Chop the bacon into small pieces using kitchen scissors or a knife. Set aside.
  • Wash and drain green beans. Slice off the ends.
  • Add green beans and minced garlic to the skillet along with 1-2 Tbsp of bacon grease. Season with salt and pepper.
    Cover the frying pan and cook over medium heat until beans are soft when poked with a fork, about 10-12 minutes.
    Tip: don't have a lid that will fit? Try using a baking sheet or aluminum foil to cover the frying pan.
  • Add the chopped bacon and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and season with more salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!

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Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition Info Note: The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the size and number of what you make. The nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands you choose and the ingredients you use.

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