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Southern Style Green Beans

These keto-friendly Southern Style Green Beans are SO packed with incredible flavor, you’ll be eating them before the meal is served! And, with 5 net carbs per generous 1/2 cup serving, they can be the star of your plate.

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This is also an easy dish, making a pretty big batch in your slow cooker.

I will admit to being a green bean snob. They need to be fresh and barely boiled (or cooked) so that they still have a good crunch to them. I have always hated the dull green looking canned green beans, and anything at a restaurant that even resembled not crisp beans would have me running for the hills.

Until the day I stopped at a BBQ restaurant outside of Houston.

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One of the sides they had were Southern green beans, and it was the kind of place that served cafeteria-style, where you can see what’s being dished up as you get it. I could see that these green beans looked AMAZING! They had big chunks of bacon in them, and sausage, too. I was intrigued.

After that one mouth-watering meal, I became a green bean convert. I went home and immediately started working on the recipe to recreate the flavor-packed goodness that was these green beans.

My recipe isn’t a copycat of any one particular dish, but rather a slowly-developed recipe that’s bursting with flavor and goodness. My family loves these Southern Style Green Beans and I love that they’re keto-friendly!

Cook a big batch of these – you’ll be eating them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – I sure do!

How to Make Southern STyle Green Beans

  1. Rinse the green beans and trim the woody stem end.
  2. Put them in the slow cooker along with your favorite keto sausage, bacon, onion, stock (use this recipe for the best chicken broth), and the remaining ingredients.
  3. Set it, and forget it! Well, don’t forget it for too long. I’ll need a stir or two during the cooking process.
  4. Season the pot of green beans, and enjoy!

Chef’s Tips

  • This recipe isn’t set in stone! Use what you have and feel free to diverge adding smoked pork chops or smoked hock instead of the bacon and sausage.
  • Use fresh green beans. I buy a big bag when they’re on sale and get my fill of this dish. Frozen green beans don’t have the integrity needed for this dish. You could end up with mush.
  • Want a bit of spice? Throw in a chopped up jalapeno.

How Many Carbs Are In SOuthern Green Beans?

Green beans are typically a bit higher in carbs than some other veggies, so don’t go blowing your day’s carb allowance on this meal. However, a reasonable portion, about 3/4 of a cup, will set you back about 5 net carbs.

There’s 5 grams of fiber in this dish too, so it’s a win-win.

What to Serve with Keto Southern Green Beans?

Of course anything off the grill is going to pair amazingly with this recipe, but for those middle-of-the-winter snowed-in home cooks, try these Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Medallions or Green Goddess Stuffed Chicken Breasts. I also love this dish with baked liver and onions or fried fish! So good!

Is This keto Side Dish Recipe Freezable?

Yes! But like all vegetable dishes, you’re going to lose a bit of the quality during the freezing/thawing process.

Simply package the cooked beans with the cooking liquid in freezer-friendly plastic bags, and freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight, and heat in the oven or the microwave until warmed through.’

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Southern Style Green Beans

Packed with flavor and keto-friendly, these green beans are great for pot lucks or anytime you’ve got a bumper crop of beans (or they’re on sale). Make a bit pot of these and eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, green beans, keto, sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 79kcal
Author Chef Jenn


  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh green beans washed and trimmed
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes and juice
  • 1/2 cup onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 4 slices bacon chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 links cooked smoked sausage sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 cup chicken stock use no salt or low salt
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Trim and rinse the beans. Put them into the crockpot/slow cooker. 
  • Add 1 cup diced tomatoes along with the juice, 1 cup of sliced onion (about one medium onion), 2 cloves of smashed garlic, 4 slices of roughly chopped bacon, 2 links of smoked sausage chopped into 1/4-inch slices, and one cup of chicken stock. 
  • Give it a good stir, put the lid on it and set it to high. Cook on high for 2.5 hours, then enjoy! Stir once or twice during cooking to combine the flavors.


Serving: 0.75cups | Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 675IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbohydrates: 6g

A Note on Nutritional Information

Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

about jenn

Hi, I’m Jenn!

I’m a cookbook author (Keto Soup Cookbook and Keto Diabetic Cookbook and Meal Plan) as well as a retired chef, recipe developer, and writer of this blog (that’s a lot of hats!). I embarked on a journey to create foodie-worthy Keto-friendly meals that any home cook can be proud of! No matter if you’re low-carb, no-carb, dirty, or strict Keto, there are recipes in Keto Cooking Wins for you and your family. Read more...

11 thoughts on “Southern Style Green Beans”

  1. Decided to make this last minute tonight so cooked on my stovetop in a stainless steel frypan. Used my frozen beans from last years garden and it was delicious. Definitely another keeper, thanks Jenn!

  2. I like to use smoked neck bones for this. Usually I omit the tomatoes. I grew up with a Southern Mama that never cooked a vegetable without pork, even if it was just a spoon of bacon drippings. I am getting ready to make my New Year’s collards, using basically the same recipe. I will sprinkle hot vinegar on them. Yummy!

    • Sounds delicious! Smoked neck bones are great but aren’t available as widely as hocks. Love the idea of hot vinegar! Enjoy! ~Jenn


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