Keto Green Beans With Bacon Recipe: Your New Favorite Low Carb Side Dish

Make fresh green beans stand out for the holidays or any day with this green beans with bacon side dish that you can make on the stove or slow cooker. Either way, you’ll love how the flavors of bacon, green beans, garlic, and butter come together in this Southern sauteed green beans side that’s healthy, low carb, keto, paleo, and gluten-free.

Green Beans With Bacon! Need a keto side dish for dinner? This recipe for Green Beans with Bacon is my favorite low carb side on the keto diet! Fresh green beans with bacon, pan roasted & sauteed with lemon & butter makes an easy keto side dish recipe that’s healthy, low carb & ready in 15 minutes! Learn how to make best Southern style green beans with bacon! #keto #ketorecipes #lowcarb #lowcarbrecipes #sidedish #ketosidedish #lowcarbvegetables

Even if you don’t consider yourself a vegetable person, this green beans with bacon recipe will be a favorite. It may also turn a picky eater into a green bean eating machine. Bacon always seems to have that effect, right?

Want to know why I love this side dish not only for the holidays but for any day of the week? Well, first you can make it on the stove or in the slow cooker. Also, you can substitute frozen or canned beans for fresh (fresh is definitely the best way to go, but people need options:)
And the very best feature? It tastes so good! On the first day, the second day and the – well – you won’t have enough leftovers for three days.

Oh, and your Grandmother was right. Green Beans ARE good for you. Warning: I’m about to geek out for like 5 seconds to tell you why to eat more green beans.

Are Green Beans Keto-Friendly?

Green Beans With Bacon! Need a keto side dish for dinner? This recipe for Green Beans with Bacon is my favorite low carb side on the keto diet! Fresh green beans with bacon, pan roasted & sauteed with lemon & butter makes an easy keto side dish recipe that’s healthy, low carb & ready in 15 minutes! Learn how to make best Southern style green beans with bacon! #keto #ketorecipes #lowcarb #lowcarbrecipes #sidedish #ketosidedish #lowcarbvegetables

Yes, you can and you should eat green beans on the keto diet! Here are six reasons why.

  • Green Beans Help Reduce Heart Disease – Green Beans have high levels of flavonoids which help reduce cardiovascular disease
  • Green Beans Help Control Diabetes – Green Beans are one of the few vegetables known to have a hypoglycemic influence on patients with Diabetes
  • Green Beans Help Boost Your Immune System – Loaded with antioxidants! #NoSickDays
  • Green Beans Help Your Eyesight – The carotenoids in green beans keep your vision healthy
  • Green Beans Help You Get More Vitamin K – & Calcium – For healthy bones & preventing osteoporosis
  • Green Beans Help You With Digestive Issues – Green Beans are Low FODMAP – The fiber in green beans helps with digestive issues like hemorrhoids, constipation, ulcers, and acid reflux

Now, let’s pair this healthy veggie with a little bacon. But first – we blanch.

Blanching Fresh Green Beans

If you’re using fresh green beans, you’ll want to start with blanching, but don’t worry – this step doesn’t take much time or effort. If you can boil water, you can blanch green beans. First, trim the ends off of the beans then follow these steps

  • Boil water
  • Place green beans plus one teaspoon salt into the boiling water for 3 minutes
  • Drain and place into an ice water bath immediately

What Does Blanching Do & Is It Necessary?

I know, I know, a lot of folks skip this step, but here’s the thing: blanching is not wasting your time. This process helps preserve the flavor, color, and texture of the beans and prevents the loss of vitamins and nutrients. And it’s pretty cool to watch the dulled out green beans transform into a vibrant – way more appealing color in three minutes. (If you have kids this can be your teachable moment of the day:)

Green Beans With Bacon! Need a keto side dish for dinner? This recipe for Green Beans with Bacon is my favorite low carb side on the keto diet! Fresh green beans with bacon, pan roasted & sauteed with butter and garlic makes an easy keto side dish recipe that’s healthy, low carb & ready quick. Learn how to make best Southern style green beans with bacon on stove or crockpot! #keto #ketorecipes #lowcarb #lowcarbrecipes #sidedish #ketosidedish #lowcarbvegetables #glutenfree #paleo

Green Beans with Bacon Ingredients

1 Pound Fresh Green Beans
8 Slices bacon (Crumbled) + 2-3 Tablespoons Bacon Grease
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1/2 Medium Yellow Onion Chopped
4 Tablespoons Salted Butter – (1 Tablespoon for Green Beans, 3 Tablespoons for almonds)
2 Garlic Cloves Minced
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
⅓ Cup Almonds (Optional)

How To Make Green Beans With Bacon Step By Step (Stove Top)

Ok, I’m about to walk you through making green beans with bacon on the stove. If you want to save space or you just prefer using the crockpot, those instructions are in the recipe card.

Start by chopping the onion & trimming and rinsing green beans – You can do this one or two days ahead if you’re meal planning

Next, fry the bacon – keep at least 2-3 tablespoons worth of bacon grease and try not to eat all of the bacon while you cook:)

Let your pan cool for a few minutes or use another pan because for the next steps we’ll be using low – medium heat

Melt the butter into the bacon grease and add in the chopped onion and garlic. Stir it around enough to coat the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes until the onions are clear

Next, add the green beans, salt, pepper – and cook for about a minute

Now, add in a cup of chicken broth, (it will reduce itself as you cook) and 1/2 of your crumbled bacon and set the stove to low and cover – leaving a small space to release steam

Cook for 20-30 minutes while the beans do their thing. You can come back and stir if you feel like you need to – and if it looks like you need to add a little more broth you can add in another ¼ cup

For the almonds: Melt 3 Tablespoons butter into a saucepan and brown almonds for about 5 minutes on low until they are crispy and golden. Or melt the butter in the microwave and stir them in:)

Top with the rest of the bacon and almonds. Enjoy!

More Low Carb Keto Side Dishes You’ll Love

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Keto Stuffed Mushrooms With Cream Cheese & Bacon – Here’s an easy and healthy stuffed mushroom recipe that works as an appetizer and a side

46 Keto Side Dish Recipes: The Low Carb Sides That Make Dinner A Meal – Here’s the one where I round up the best keto side dishes – organized by vegetable. I know, it’s a little extra, but sometimes I can’t help myself

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Southern Green Beans with Bacon & Almonds [Low Carb Side Dish Recipe] | Fresh green beans with almonds sautéed in butter & bacon grease creates an easy keto side dish to compliment any low carb dinner! If you’re looking for low carb vegetable sides with flavor this simple stovetop keto recipe is the best! Plus it only takes 15 minutes with 4.7 carbs!

This Green Beans With Bacon Recipe Will Be Your New Easy Keto Side Dish For Dinner


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  • Author: Heather Burnett
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

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Make fresh green beans stand out for the holidays or any day with this green beans with bacon side dish that you can make on the stove or slow cooker. Either way, you’ll love how the flavors of bacon, green beans, garlic, and butter come together in this Southern sauteed green beans side that’s healthy, low carb, keto, paleo, and gluten-free.  


Ingredients

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  • 1 pound Fresh Green Beans (Can substitute frozen or canned) 
  • 8 Slices bacon (Crumbled) + 2-3 Tablespoons Bacon Grease 
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth 
  • 1/2 Medium Yellow Onion Chopped 
  • 4 Tablespoons Salted Butter – (1 Tablespoon for Green Beans, 3 Tablespoons for almonds) 
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Minced 
  • Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • ⅓ Cup Almonds (Optional) 

Instructions

  • Start by chopping the onion & trimming and rinsing green beans 
  • Blanch the green beans in boiling water (I won’t judge you if you skip this step – but it is recommended:) 
  • Next, fry the bacon – keep at least 2-3 tablespoons worth of bacon grease 
  • Let your pan cool for a few minutes or use another pan because for the next steps we’ll be using low – medium heat 
  • Melt butter into the bacon grease and add in chopped onion and garlic stir it around enough to coat the onions – saute for 2-3 minutes until onions are clear 
  • Next, add the green beans, salt, pepper – and cook for about a minute 
  • Now, add in a cup of chicken broth, (it will reduce itself as you cook) set the stove to low and cover -leaving a small space to release steam 
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes while the beans do their thing. You can come back and stir if you feel like you need to – and if it looks like you need to add a little more broth you can add in another ¼ cup 
  • For the almonds: Melt 3 Tablespoons butter into a saucepan and brown almonds for about 5 minutes on low until they are crispy and golden 
  • Top the green beans with almonds & the rest of the crumbled bacon (if you didn’t eat it all) – and serve 

 

Crockpot Instructions 

  • Chop onion and rinse and trim green beans (if using fresh) 
  • Fry bacon – be sure to keep 2-3 tablespoons grease 
  • Add 1 tablespoon butter, chopped onion, and garlic. Stir to coat the onions evenly and saute on low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes until onions are clear 
  • While you’re sauteeing the onion and garlic, you can go ahead and put the green beans into your slow cooker. Season with a little pepper and a tiny bit of salt (remember, the bacon is bringing a lot of salt) 
  • Now, add the onions and garlic, chicken stock, plus half of the crumbled bacon to the crock pot and cook on low for 6 -8 hours or high for 4-6 hours. 
  • Top with buttered almonds & crumbled bacon 
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove or Slow Cooker

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Green Beans With Bacon! Need a keto side dish for dinner? This recipe for Green Beans with Bacon is my favorite low carb side on the keto diet! Fresh green beans with bacon, pan roasted & sauteed with butter and garlic makes an easy keto side dish recipe that’s healthy, low carb & ready quick. Learn how to make best Southern style green beans with bacon on stove or crockpot! #keto #ketorecipes #lowcarb #lowcarbrecipes #sidedish #ketosidedish #lowcarbvegetables #glutenfree #paleo

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