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Green Beans with Bacon

This classic side dish recipe cooks the green beans just right, with crispy bacon for a salty crunch. With lots of fresh garlic, this will become your favorite green beans recipe!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy side dish, holiday dinner, legumes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 191kcal



  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon from skillet. Drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Pour off excess grease from skillet, leaving approximately 2 tablespoons in pan.
  • Add green beans and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until beans are tender-crisp and browned in spots, approximately 10 minutes.
  • Add garlic and red pepper flakes to green beans and cook over medium-high heat until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
    Green beans in skillet with garlic and red pepper flakes
  • Return bacon to pan and toss with beans before serving.
    Green beans with bacon in skillet


  • Make it Whole30: Use Whole30 compliant bacon like Applegate Organics No Sugar Bacon.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Refrigerate fully-cooled green beans within an hour of cooking.


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 6g