Smothered Green Beans

Smothered Green Beans – canned green beans baked in bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, and garlic. This is the most requested green bean recipe in our house. Everybody gets seconds. SO good!! Great for a potluck. Everyone asks for the recipe! Super easy to make.

Smothered Green Beans - canned green beans baked in bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce and garlic. This is the most requested green bean recipe in our house.Everybody gets seconds. SO good!! Great for a potluck. Everyone asks for the recipe! Super easy to make.

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These Smothered Green Beans are ridiculous! OMG! SO good!! Green beans smothered with bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce and garlic. How could they not be good? The best part is that this casserole only takes a few minutes to put together. You can actually cook the bacon ahead of time and this would be ready in about a minute! Woohoo!

This makes a TON! We ate leftovers for several days and they tasted great! This would be the perfect dish for a potluck or dinner party. I promise everyone will go crazy over these Smothered Green Bans! SO easy and SO delicious!

Smothered Green Beans - canned green beans baked in bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce and garlic. This is the most requested green bean recipe in our house.Everybody gets seconds. SO good!! Great for a potluck. Everyone asks for the recipe! Super easy to make.

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Smothered Green Beans

Yield: 10 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Smothered Green Beans – canned green beans baked in bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, and garlic. This is the most requested green bean recipe in our house. Everybody gets seconds. SO good!! Great for a potluck. Everyone asks for the recipe! Super easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 5 (15-oz) cans green beans, drained
  • 1 lb bacon
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Pour drained green beans in an ungreased 9×13-inch pan.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until almost done but not too crispy. Remove from skillet, drain on paper towel and chop. Sprinkle cooked bacon on top of green beans.
  • Whisk together brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce and garlic powder. Pour over green beans.
  • Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.
Smothered Green Beans - canned green beans baked in bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce and garlic. This is the most requested green bean recipe in our house.Everybody gets seconds. SO good!! Great for a potluck. Everyone asks for the recipe! Super easy to make.
Smothered Green Beans - canned green beans baked in bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce and garlic. This is the most requested green bean recipe in our house.Everybody gets seconds. SO good!! Great for a potluck. Everyone asks for the recipe! Super easy to make.
Smothered Green Beans - canned green beans baked in bacon, brown sugar, butter, soy sauce and garlic. This is the most requested green bean recipe in our house.Everybody gets seconds. SO good!! Great for a potluck. Everyone asks for the recipe! Super easy to make.

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  1. This recipe was delicious! My husband was tired of the typical green bean casserole dish I usually make so we tried this! He said I should make this all the time!

  2. Tried this for Thanksgiving with sliced mushrooms added. These were a hit and now my go to green beans. Thank you so much for this wonderful dish.

  3. I made this recipe for the first time at a family Christmas gathering a few years ago… it was a HIT.. and none left! I even had people say that they aren’t even fans of green beans but they LOVED this recipe. Now it’s requested every time!

  4. These green beans are delicious. Since there was only two of us I was going to make two or three cans. But my husband said I should only make one can for the two of us
    He regrets it now. Lol! He wants more.

  5. This looks delicious I think I would add some finely diced onion If Iused fresh green beans should I precook them

  6. I served this for a large gathering. It was sooooooooooo good! I gave the recipe out to alot of my guests & told them about plainchicken.com as my source. I have made this numerous times since!

  7. TURNED IT INTO A FULL MEAL
    I reduced the green beans to three cans and added potatoes and sausage. I peeled the potatoes, cut into 1" cubes and microwave them with a 1/4 cup of water, covered for 2 min, stir and microwave them for another 2 min. Drain and add to the beans. I cut the fully cooked sausage into 1/2" coins and browned them in a frying pan. Once lightly browned I drained them on Paper towels then added to the beans and mixed. Continue with the sauce. Bake as directed.

  8. I was wondering about Worcestershire sauce, since I don't have soy sauce. Also is precooked bacon from the store ok to use?

    1. Precooked bacon is a great shortcut! It will work just fine.
      I haven't made this with Worcestershire sauce. It is similar to soy sauce, so you can definitely give it a try! Enjoy!

  9. I never want to lose this recipe! I have made this many times since discovering it! I add a dash of Lea and Perrins too. I shared it on my Gluten free facebook sites as well(GF soy sauce of course). I am sure it will be on many tables this holiday season!

  10. Stephanie, you should try them with worcestershire sauce instead of soy! I make my green bean bundles this way! Heavenly! War Eagle!

  11. This is my new favorite green bean dish!! Made it the first time for Thanksgiving and every one raved over it. Making it today for a group of friends!!

  12. Can you use the french style green beans instead of the regular green beans in this? My brother made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved them so I am going to give it a try.

  13. Made this for Thanksgiving family dinner. It was a huge hit! Took home an empty casserole dish. Was also asked to bring it to Christmas dinner.WINNER!

  14. Made these for Thanksgiving. Oh my yum!!!! Thank you for sharing. I will take this over green bean casserole any day!!

  15. OMHG! So very good! I added this to my Thanks Giving Menu on Thanks Giving Day 11/22/2018 and it was a Super HIT!!!!! My family lost their minds! I used frozen green beans thawed in the fridge, he loves the firmness of the green beans then added diced onions and fresh sliced mushrooms letting it cook a little longer, 10 minutes or so…Thank you so much for sharing this delightful dish!!!!!

    1. Emily – I’ve never frozen this casserole. You could make it in advance and refrigerate it until you are ready to bake. I

  16. I'm planning on making this for a cookout/birthday party and apparently there will be 25-30 people attending. How can I make this for that many?? Please help asap!

  17. I'm so glad I keep the ingredients for this stocked up. I was just notified that due to an oversight there will be no vegetable at Christmas dinner. Smothered green beans to the rescue!

  18. These were a hit at an office get-together. Several people asked for the recipe and already requested it for next year's event! Easy and delicious!

  19. Made the Smothered Green beans this evening for my Bunco group and it was awesome. Several ladies asked for the recipe. I will be making this again. I followed the recipe except I did not have low sodium soy sauce so I just used regular soy sauce. So good!

  20. Is the brown sugar packed or unpacked? Also, how will it affect cooking time of I swap canned grean beans for fresh?

    1. You can use regular. I just usually have low-sodium on hand, so that is what I used. I also get tons of comments about sodium content of recipes, so I look to reduce it where I can.

  21. I included this recipe in my weekly cooking session. I used 3 cans of green beans but the full amount for the sauce and added some onions with the bacon. Oh my word! I'm not going to have any problem making sure none of this goes to waste! Can't wait for Monday's lunch!!

  22. Hi Stephanie! I just made these for Christmas dinner for the entire family and it was a HUGE hit! This will definitely be a new addition for holiday family dinners. I will have to double next time since it was gone. I made mine in the crock pot and would do it again. Thank you again for sharing this amazing recipe!

  23. Just want to confirm that 5 cans of green beans isn't a typo – ? – didn't think all of that would fit in a 9×13 … Also, if cooked in a crockpot what temp and how long would it cook? Thank you!

    1. 5 can of green beans – no typo.

      I've never made this in the slow cooker. I wouldn't think it would take long to cook in one. Let me know if you try it!

  24. Just want to confirm – Is 5 cans of green beans a typo? Wouldn't think all of this would fit in a 9×13. Also, if you cook this in a crockpot, what do you put it on (mins for high or low)? Thank you!

    1. 5 can of green beans – no typo.

      I've never made this in the slow cooker. I wouldn't think it would take long to cook in one. Let me know if you try it!

  25. Bringing this to thanksgiving dinner…. looks like a winner. Can't believe its only a handful of ingredients… don't really care for "traditional" green bean casserole either. Going to use coco-aminos instead of soy sauce – has the same taste almost. Great pictures! Happy Holidays 🙂

  26. Would I be possible to use frozen green beans instead of canned? I'm not a huge fan of canned green beans. ????

  27. If making these for a potluck, could I prepare the recipe in the morning, then bake it later? If not, what would you recommend for reheating the entire dish later?

    1. I think it would be fine to assemble the casserole ahead of time and bake it when you are ready.

  28. If taking these to a potluck, could I prepare the recipe that morning, then bake them later? If not, what you recommend for reheating the dish as a whole later?

    1. I have made these in the crockpot and used thawed frozen green beans and it came out great and didn't have to have another item in the oven at Thanksgiving.

    2. I've made these in the crockpot and they turned out great and I used thawed frozen green beans. I didn't have room in my oven with the turkey in there and then they could be dished right out of crock.

    3. I actually can't remember but I think it was on low for several hours. I'm going to cook on high today for just around an hour.

    4. I also cooked the bacon ahead in the oven so I just broke it up into the crockpot from the frig and I also cut down on the amount of sugar in half from the first time I made it by the recipe. It was way too sweet for our liking.

  29. Similar to my the "Sweet and Sour" green beans my grandparents always used to make. They added a bit of finely chopped onion cooked with the bacon.

    1. I haven't tried it with fresh green beans. I'm sure you could, but I don't know the cooking time or quantity.

    2. i actually made them with fresh for Easter….i used 2 lbs of fresh, they were amazing….i put them in the oven for 30 mins…we like them with a little crisp left to them…and yes they were a hit. will be making these much more often

  30. Hi Stephanie,
    I've been making this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner for a couple years now(nobody likes the traditional green bean casserole). I make the addition of dried cranberries….adds a bit of tart/sweetness. Fabulous

    1. Cranberries sound good! I will try that next time. We loved this! I can't believe I've never had it before now!!!

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