Southern, Soul Food Green Beans

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I was raised on string beans and this southern green beans recipe is a favorite with my family. I love that it’s so easy, yet full of flavor.

Now I won’t even lie, I usually only fix homemade, fresh green beans for holidays and special occasions. Normally I just crack open a can of green beans, throw them in the pot with some chicken broth, Goya seasoning and call it a day! I got a TON of fresh green beans from Aldi’s because they were on sale and I just couldn’t pass them up. I’m so glad I did! Canned green beans just can’t compare to a pot of homemade, savory green beans.

southern green beans recipe

You can easily substitute the smoked turkey sausage with crispy bacon if you’d like or just leave the meat out altogether. That savory chicken broth, fresh onion, and garlic do quite the job with seasoning these southern green beans to perfection.

If adding bacon, fry it up separately and add it to the greens beans when done.  That way you won’t have soggy, weird-tasting bacon.

Watch me make these southern green beans from start to finish!

southern green beans recipe

Get the Recipe: Southern Green Beans

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Fresh Green Beans southern way!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup chopped smoked sausage or smoked bacon
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes seasoning salt & black pepper to taste.


  • Wash the green beans.
  • Snap off the ends of the greens beans and cut or snap the green beans into pieces. Set aside.
  • Finely dice the onion, garlic, and smoked sausage. Set aside.
  • In a pot, melt butter.
  • Add in onion, garlic, smoked sausage and chicken broth.
  • Bring to a boil and add in red pepper flakes.
  • Add in green beans.
  • Cover and simmer for 1- 1½ hours. Check the green beans every 5 minutes after the one-hour mark. You don't want to overcook them or they will be mushy!
  • Season with seasoning salt & black pepper.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Cuisine: American, southern
Course: Side Dish
Author: Divas Can Cook
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