Cracked Out Green Beans

Cracked Out Green Beans – oven-baked green beans recipe loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. Low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free. Super simple to make with no prep time and ready to eat in 30 minutes. Fresh green beans, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing mix, and bacon. Serve this easy side dish with your favorite steak for a meal that is better than any restaurant. Add this to your menu ASAP!

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Cheesy Baked Green Beans with Cheddar, Bacon & Ranch

These Cracked Out Green Beans are a new favorite at our house. They are low in carbs and high in taste! I whipped these up with some grilled chicken last week and everyone gobbled them up! Fresh green beans, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing mix, and bacon. I could honestly make a meal out of just these beans. This is super simple to make and tastes great! Plus it is ready to eat in under 30 minutes. You can’t beat that.

What does CRACK mean?

If a recipe has crack in the title it means that it has cheddar, bacon, and ranch in the recipe. It all started with my Crack Dip way back in 2007. I made the dip for a Titans football game. Everyone went crazy over it. We couldn’t stop eating it and said it was like crack. The name stuck. The flavor combination is amazing. These green beans are no exception.

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How to Make Cracked Out Green Beans

This side dish is effortless to make with only five simple ingredients. In a large skillet, cook bacon strips until crispy over medium heat. Remove the bacon from the skillet and drain bacon grease on paper towels. Chop the bacon and set it aside. 

Trim green beans and place in a baking pan. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise and ranch dressing mix. Spread the mayonnaise mixture over the green beans. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese and chopped bacon over the green beans. Bake until crisp-tender.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I prefer to use Duke’s or Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
  • Sprinkle the green beans with some red pepper flakes for a kick!
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix made with buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
    • If you are sensitive to ranch seasoning, adjust the amount to your personal preference.
  • Can substitute precooked real bacon bits or turkey bacon.
  • Can Cracked Out Green Beans be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the recipe ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight before baking.
  • You can use any cheese that you enjoy in this recipe. Gruyere cheese or gouda would all be delicious!
  • Is Cracked Out Green Beans low-carb? Yes! All of the ingredients are low-carb and keto-friendly.
  • Is Cheesy Baked Green Beans with bacon gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients are gluten-free.
baking dish of green beans topped with cheddar and bacon

What to Serve with Bacon Green Beans

These green beans have quickly become a favorite at our house. We love to eat this with casserolesgrilled chickenpork chops, and especially steaks! These beans are also great for dinner parties, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinner! Give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this easy vegetable recipe:

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Cracked Out Green Beans (Keto)

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cracked Out Green Beans – oven-baked green beans recipe loaded with cheddar, bacon, and ranch. Low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free. Super simple to make with no prep time and ready to eat in 30 minutes. Fresh green beans, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing mix, and bacon. Serve this easy side dish with your favorite steak for a meal that is better than any restaurant. Add this to your menu ASAP!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds fresh green beans trimmed
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp ranch dressing mix
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup chopped cooked bacon

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Place green beans in a lightly greased 9x13x2-inch baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and ranch dressing mix. Spread mayonnaise mixture over green beans.
  • Sprinkle cheddar cheese and bacon over mayonnaise.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes.

Notes:

  • I prefer to use Duke’s or Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
  • Sprinkle the green beans with some red pepper flakes for a kick!
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix made with buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
    • If you are sensitive to ranch seasoning, adjust the amount to your personal preference.
  • Can substitute precooked real bacon bits or turkey bacon.
  • Can Cracked Out Green Beans be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the recipe ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight before baking.
  • You can use any cheese that you enjoy in this recipe. Gruyere cheese or gouda would all be delicious!
  • Is Cracked Out Green Beans low-carb? Yes! All of the ingredients are low-carb and keto-friendly.
  • Is Cheesy Baked Green Beans with bacon gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients are gluten-free.

Steph

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