Bacon Green Beans with Brown Sugar (Crack Green Beans)

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Move over green bean casserole! These Bacon Green Beans are packed with flavor and super easy to make. They’re perfect for your holiday meal or a great side dish for any meal. 

Easy Bacon Green Beans - Crack Green Beans

What Are Bacon Green Beans?

Take your holiday meal to the next level with this simple side dish! Bacon Green Beans, sometimes known as “Crack Green Beans,” has converted even the staunchest veggie skeptics into true believers. What makes this recipe a family favorite is the fusion of flavors of crispy bacon, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Yum!

Bacon Green Beans fits just as seamlessly at a casual dinner as it does gracing the table at Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner. And for those watching their calorie intake, swapping in turkey bacon delivers similar savory, smoky flavors without the guilt. The smell of bacon cooking is just the first step to a dish that brings tons of flavor and is always a crowd-pleasing side dish. 

What you’ll love about Bacon Green Beans:

  • Bacon green beans are a simple and versatile dish, perfect for any meal. 
  • Crispy bacon elevates the green beans to a favorite recipe for both casual and special occasions. 
  • A low carb side that doesn’t sacrifice flavor.
Ingredients for Bacon Green Beans

Ingredients for Bacon Green Beans

  • 3 cans French-style Green Beans: The star of the show and vibrant base to our dish. Fresh green beans can also be used in this recipe.
  • 8 slices Crispy Bacon, cooked and chopped: Adds a rich, smoky flavor that takes these green beans to the next level. 
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter: For that silky, smooth texture and a hint of indulgence. 
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar: A touch of sweetness to complement the savory bacon and green beans. 
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce: Brings a depth of umami flavor, marrying all the ingredients together beautifully. 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons each of Garlic Powder and Onion Powder: These provide a robust background of flavors, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.

Cooking Instructions

Bacon green beans never fail to bring tons of flavor to the table. Here’s how to make this easy side dish:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. Cut the bacon into 1/2-inch pieces. Chopping the bacon before cooking will help it cook faster. 
  3. Cook bacon to crisp perfection: Use a large skillet and medium heat to render the fat and achieve that deliciously crispy bacon. The smell of bacon cooking is a surefire way to gather everyone to the kitchen. Place cooked bacon pieces on paper towels to absorb any excess bacon fat. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine a few simple ingredients: Melt the unsalted butter, stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder to create a glaze that brings this dish to the next level. This mixture, when tossed with the green beans and crispy bacon, ensures each bite is packed with savory sweetness and a hint of umami. 
  1. Place canned or fresh green beans into a large bowl: Pour the sauce mixture over the green beans and toss until covered. 
  2. Gently mix in the cooked, chopped bacon, saving a small amount to sprinkle on top.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish, then scatter the reserved bacon over the surface.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and serve warm. 
Bacon Green Beans Side Dish

Recipe Variations and Serving Suggestions

This easy recipe is so versatile! Imagine serving brown sugar green beans next to a juicy roast turkey during Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner, adding a snap of color and a burst of flavor that makes your holiday meal unforgettable. Or picture a family Sunday dinner, where these delicious green beans sit alongside a succulent grilled chicken, that crispy bacon complementing the tenderness of the meat perfectly.

Customize this yummy side dish by trying some of these substitutions and variations:

  • Add in fresh garlic instead of using garlic powder. The garlic will roast as the beans cook adding yet another savory flavor. 
  • Cook in a slow cooker or Dutch oven. Use all the same ingredients, but add a little chicken broth and simmer over low heat for a slow-cooked easy side dish.
  • Substitute real bacon bits and skip the mess of frying bacon. 
  • Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for heat. 
  • Swap soy sauce with lemon juice for a zestier flavor.
  • Use turkey bacon for a lighter version.
Bacon Green Beans Side Dish

Here are some of my favorite ways to serve Bacon Green Beans:

  • They are a flavorful side dish to any main dish such as pork chops or grilled chicken. 
  • Serve instead of the predictable Green Bean Casserole at a holiday dinner. I like to serve them with sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes to round out the meal. 
Easy Bacon Green Beans - Crack Green Beans

Keeping Leftover Bacon Green Beans

The ideal way to keep these delicious green beans fresh and flavorful is by storing them in an airtight container. This method locks in the moisture and tastes, ensuring your green beans stay as enticing as when they first left the oven. They will last 5-7 days. 

Remember, the fridge setting plays a pivotal role too. Keeping your refrigerator at the perfect chill temp—right around 40°F—is crucial for halting bacteria growth and keeping your leftover green beans in prime condition. 

When it’s time to reheat, you’ll want to recapture that just-cooked feel. A great trick is to lightly sauté the green beans on medium heat in a large skillet, adding a splash of water or bacon grease if you have it on hand, to bring back the moisture without making them soggy. If they’ve absorbed all the flavors and you’re looking for a bit of a refresh, a quick toss with parmesan cheese or a few drops of lemon juice can elevate them back to their former glory, making them a perfect side dish once again. 

Bacon Green Beans Side Dish

Crack Green Beans – Your New Favorite Veggie

Whether you’re planning a cozy family dinner or looking to impress at your next holiday meal, Bacon Green Beans stand ready to elevate your menu. From the savory bacon to the hint of sweetness from brown sugar, these beans carry a depth of flavor that complements a wide range of main dishes. Imagine the smell of bacon wafting through your kitchen, adding that special touch to everything from a simple weeknight meal to a grand Thanksgiving dinner. 

So, why not give Bacon Green Beans a try at your next meal? This simple recipe promises to deliver not only a plate of delicious green beans but also a dash of flair to your dining table. After all, the best way to discover a new favorite is to experiment with something new, and this dish, with its perfect blend of flavors and easy preparation, might just be the next star of your dinner table. 

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Bacon Green Beans Side Dish

Bacon Green Beans with Brown Sugar (Crack Green Beans)

Melisha Kreppein
Move over green bean casserole! These Bacon Green Beans are packed with flavor and super easy to make. They’re perfect for your holiday meal or a great side dish for any meal. 
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 153 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cans French-style green beans drained
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • Cut the bacon into 1/2-inch pieces. Cook bacon until crispy. Place cooked bacon pieces on paper towels to absorb any excess bacon fat. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine melted unsalted butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Place canned or fresh green beans into a large bowl: Pour the sauce mixture over the green beans and toss until covered. 
  • Gently mix in the cooked, chopped bacon, saving a small amount to sprinkle on top.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared casserole dish, then scatter the reserved bacon over the surface.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and serve warm. 

Notes

Recipe Variations and Serving Suggestions

  • Add in fresh garlic instead of using garlic powder. The garlic will roast as the beans cook adding yet another savory flavor. 
  • Cook in a slow cooker or Dutch oven. Use all the same ingredients, but add a little chicken broth and simmer over low heat for a slow-cooked easy side dish.
  • Substitute real bacon bits and skip the mess of frying bacon. 
  • Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for heat. 
  • Swap soy sauce with lemon juice for a zestier flavor.
  • Use turkey bacon for a lighter version.

Nutrition

Calories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 7.5gProtein: 6.2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 561mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 6.2gCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Holiday, side dish
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