Southern Style Green Beans with a Kick

Southern Style Green Beans with a Kick

Green beans have always been the “old standby ” when you need a veggie but, they don’t have to be boring!

These green beans make the perfect side to almost any beef, pork, poultry or fish entrée. And I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how “fancy” they are for such a simple dish.

Sometimes less is more and this is definitely one of those times!

While these green beans are very simple and straight forward they are far from boring and are on the table in under 20 minutes.

Frozen green beans combined with bacon, onion and garlic are a winner in my book every time but “the kick” comes from jalapeño and red pepper flakes. Don’t be scared of the jalapeño and red pepper. Once the jalapeño is sautéed with the onion and garlic it is fairly mild but adds a lot of flavor! You can decrease or omit the red pepper flakes if you are afraid of too much heat, but they really are not hot at all. In fact you may decide you want to add more.

Let me know how you like these green beans!

Southern Style Green Beans with a Kick 


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno seeded and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2  16 ounce bags of frozen whole green beans – thawed
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • In a skillet heat the olive oil over medium – high heat
  • Add the bacon strips and cook until crispy
  • While bacon is cooking chop onion, jalapeno and garlic
  • When bacon is done remove and drain on paper towels then Crumble
  • Lower heat to medium add the onion and jalapeno and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute
  • Add the thawed green beans, salt, pepper and red pepper. Stir gently to coat
  • Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until crisp-tender or a little longer if you prefer your green beans well cooked
  • Add crumbled bacon and serve immediately

#8 servings



I have been a caterer, restaurant owner and cake decorator. My precious Grandmother taught me how to cook and bake.

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