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Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans

This Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans recipe turns canned beans into some of the most delicious green beans you have ever tasted. So buttery with lots of smoky flavor.

Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans on a serving dish.

This ultra-easy side dish is sure to become a family favorite. A recipe so good, you’ll want to serve it for holiday meals.

Green beans cooked in a crock pot are so, so good because they have tons of time to soak up flavors. Green beans are a little bland on their own, but add some garlic, onion, butter, bacon, and Worcestershire sauce and they are totally transformed.

Butter and bacon are two of my favorite “B” words and they really elevate the flavor of these canned green beans. It’s the ultimate southern side dish.

Bacon Green Beans cooked in the Slow Cooker

A combination of bacon grease and crumbled bacon imparts so much smoky flavor. A little bit of brown sugar is added to give these green beans just a little sweetness. I also add a few crushed red pepper flakes to give them a bit of heat. Double the amount if you want them spicy.

The green beans slow cook for 4 to 6 hours during which time the flavors are really melded together.

Is This Dish Spicy?

I add a few red pepper flakes to give these green beans just a little heat. Double the amount if you want them spicy.

How To Serve Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans

These Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans are wonderful for Thanksgiving, Easter or a Sunday supper. They make a great side for chicken, steak, or pork. If you’re looking for a non-crock pot green beans recipe, try this classic Southern-Style Green Beans recipe.

Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans

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Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.

Canned green beans cooked in the slow cooker

Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans

This Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans recipe turns canned beans into some of the most delicious green beans you have ever tasted. So buttery with lots of smoky flavor.

PREP: 12 minutes
COOK: 4 hours


  • 4 (14.5-ounce) cans green beans, drained
  • 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into slivers
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspooon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Place green beans in the bottom of a 4 to 6-quart greased slow cooker.
  • Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet until crispy, adding the onion when the bacon is almost all the way cooked. Continue to cook just long enough for the onion to soak up the bacon flavor and get a little soft.
  • Remove bacon and onion with a slotted spoon and add to the slow cooker with the green beans. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease into the slow cooker.
  • Add the remainin ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Open the slow cooker and give it a stir a few times during the cooking time.


Calories: 127kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: slow cooker

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27 thoughts on “Crock Pot Buttery Bacon Green Beans”

  1. So incredibly easy and mouth watering good! My daughter will choose these over Mac and cheese. Which is one of her staples!! Delicious!!!

  2. This green bean recipe sounds wonderful! Want to try it for Sunday lunch, but will not be around to stir it a few times. Will the green beans still cook properly or would I need to add a bit of liquid and if so, how much. Really want to try this. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I use canned whole green beans, salt pork, and canned diced potatoes. Add to crockpot. Season garlic powder, onion powder and black pepper to taste. Cook on low 8-10 hours. The best!

  4. Family loved it Thanksgiving. Going to make it for Easter. Lots of compliments on this. So much better than the usual “green bean casserole with mushroom soup?” Yuk

  5. These sound great, but don’t you need some kind of liquid added? Waiting for reply since these will be going to Thanksgiving dinner.

  6. Love these green beans BUT can we ad small golden potatoes cut in half? If we do should we ad a cup of chicken broth?

    1. I thought so too with the liquid, but they did just great! I made these a couple of weeks ago for thanksgiving with my family, and my brother (who is a very picky green bean eater) demolished them and compared them to my late grandmother’s home cooked green beans. I’m making them again right now for our Friendsgiving. Highly recommend!

  7. These were AH-mazing!! Just what I was looking for! Cook the bacon, set it, and forget it. It cooked while I got other things made for Easter. Thank you for this recipe!

  8. I’ve made these a handful of times and they are my favorite!! Do you think I could add potatoes?

  9. Best green beans! Made them on the stove, forgot to start crockpot! Big hit with the family and they have requested I make these again! Thank you for the recipe!

  10. These don’t need to cook 4-6 hours. I cooked on low for about an hour, then turned them down to “keep warm”. The beans are, afterall, already cooked. The recipe is good. Will use when camping and out of fresh veg, but it won’t replace your mommas green bean bake.

    1. Brittany Jackson Lockamy

      You just saved my life with your comment! I need to have a side dish ready for an impromptu potluck in about 3 hours

      1. Ashley T Lombas

        Okay yes… I need this for a trip the night we get there and don’t have 4 hours. So do you think 1 hour on high would be enough?

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