Best Canned Green Beans Recipe

If you need a quick, easy way to make the best canned green beans recipe, this is it! Adding bacon makes it feel like an impressive gourmet side dish for any meal.

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Canned vegetables are a quick budget friendly way to serve vegetables. But sometimes the flavor can be a little lackluster.

Enter this canned green bean recipe. It’s the perfect side for a quick dinner that’s on the table in under 30 minutes.

And I (Rebecca of Good Things Baking) love being able to serve my family a vegetable that I know they’ll enjoy.

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Canned Green Bean Ingredients

14.5 ounce can of green beans

Sea salt, to taste

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

2-3 slices of bacon — Optional: Cut into 1” pieces.

1 tablespoon olive oil

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Different Kinds of Canned Green Beans

When you’re at the grocery store, the different kinds of green beans can be confusing.

Any kind of green beans will work for this recipe, but look for a variety that has only green beans, water, and salt listed as ingredients.

The simpler the ingredients, the better the green beans taste after being cooked. Some of the different varieties are:

Cut Green Beans — They’re the most common kind you’ll find. Cut green beans have been cut into bite-sized pieces.

Whole Green Beans — These green beans have had the ends trimmed off, but are otherwise whole.

French Cut — These green beans a thinly cut, or julienned. They’ll take less time to cook than whole green beans.

 

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How To Make The Best Canned Green Beans

Preparing the Bacon

Cut 3 slices of regular bacon or 2 slices of thick-cut bacon into pieces.

Place them in the bottom of a skillet and cook them over medium heat, stirring every couple of minutes to make sure that each piece is cooked.

When all of the bacon is cooked and crispy (this should take about 5 minutes), turn off the heat and remove the bacon bits from the pan to a separate dish.

Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pan.

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Cooking the Canned Green Beans

Open the can of green beans and drain them, leaving 1/3 to a 1/2 of the liquid in the can.

In a small bowl, stir a bit of salt together with the pepper, garlic, and onion powder.

Don’t add a lot of salt, since you will be tasting the beans and can add more after cooking. This is important for avoiding over-salted green beans.

Add the can of green beans with the liquid that wasn’t drained into the pan with the bacon grease.

Sprinkle the seasonings over them and cook the beans over medium-high heat until the liquid has completely evaporated.

Sprinkle the cooked bacon bits over the green beans and serve them right away.

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Making Canned Green Beans Southern Style

Southern-style green beans are unique in that they’re cooked until very soft and tender. There’s no crunch or snap left, which means that they’re a perfect way to use canned green beans!

To make Southern-style green beans, don’t drain off the liquid. Add them to a pot with all of the canning liquid and season with salt and pepper.

Instead of garlic and onion powder, add 1/4 cup diced onions and 1 clove of crushed fresh garlic.

Over high heat, bring to a boil.

Once they’ve boiled, reduce heat to medium-high, and cook them until the liquid has evaporated.

Cooking times will vary depending on how many cans of bean you are making. But it should take 15-20 minutes.

Once all of the liquid has cooked off, remove the green beans from the heat.

Stir in the bacon pieces.

Serve the southern-style green beans immediately.

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Recipe Notes and Tips

— These canned green beans are gluten, dairy, and nut-free.

— If you want to make this recipe vegan, opt for olive oil and skip the bacon and bacon grease.

— Depending on the brand you buy, canned green beans can be on the salty side. If you want to keep them low sodium, you can opt for cans of low or no-salt green beans. Also, skipping the bacon and bacon grease is another great way to reduce saltiness.

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Dishes That Pair Well

Green beans are the perfect side dish that go with almost anything. Check out a few of our favorite entrees below to serve with canned green beans —

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Best Canned Green Bean Recipe

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5 from 1 vote
If you need a quick, easy way to make the best canned green beans recipe, this is it! Adding bacon makes it feel like an impressive, gourmet side dish for any meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Sides

Equipment

  • Can opener
  • Small pot
  • Wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 14.5 oz green beans 1 can
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 slice bacon optional, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Nutrition

Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 947IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 3
Calories: 93kcal

Notes

  • 3 servings per can of green beans
  • These canned green beans are gluten, dairy, and nut-free.
  • If you want to make this recipe vegan, opt for olive oil and skip the bacon and bacon grease.
  • Depending on the brand you buy, canned green beans can be on the salty side. If you want to keep them low sodium, you can opt for cans of low or no-salt green beans. Also, skipping the bacon and bacon grease is another great way to reduce saltiness.

Instructions

How to prepare the bacon:

  • Cut 3 slices of regular bacon or 2 slices of thick-cut bacon into 1" pieces.
  • Place the cut bacon at the bottom of a skillet and cook them over medium heat, stirring every couple of minutes to make sure that each piece is cooked.
  • When all of the bacon is cooked and crispy (this should take about 5 minutes), turn off the heat and remove the bacon bits from the pan to a separate dish.
  • Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pan.

How to cook the canned green beans:

  • Open the can of green beans and drain them, leaving 1/3 to a 1/2 of the liquid in the can.
  • In a small bowl, stir a bit of salt together with the pepper, garlic, and onion powder. Don’t add a lot of salt, since you will be tasting the beans and can add more after cooking. This is important for avoiding over-salted green beans.
  • Add the can of green beans with the liquid that wasn’t drained into the pan with the bacon grease.
  • Sprinkle the seasonings over them and cook the beans over medium-high heat until the liquid hascompletely evaporated.
  • Sprinkle the cooked bacon bits over the green beans, and serve them right away
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