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Easy Beans & Potatoes with Bacon

I created this recipe because I love the combination of green beans with bacon. It’s smart when company is coming because you can start the side dish in the slow cooker and continue preparing the rest of the dinner—or visit with your guests! —Barbara Brittain, Santee, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 8 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Cover and refrigerate bacon until serving.
  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in reserved drippings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender. Stir in bacon; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 116 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Bivuac78
    May 24, 2019

    I was born in the early nineteen fifties. As a Southern girl growing up greenbeans with bacon and potatoes were a regular part of our menu. Nothing new but I appreciate your take onit .

  • Briadona
    Jun 21, 2018

    No!! After 5 hours the beans were turning brown and they & potatoes were not done. Glad I only did 1/2 the recipe. At the same time made 1/2 recipe Potato Green Bean Medley from here and that was very good. So go with that recipe!

  • cynandtom
    Sep 30, 2017

    Easy and delicious side dish!

  • sd20
    Feb 25, 2017

    I am not sure if the bag of fresh cleaned green beans that I bought at our local supermarket was bad because they werent even edible in this dish so it changed the flavor of this recipe. It would be unfair to give this 1 star if that was the problem so taking in the consideration that all other review's here are good I will give it 4 stars.

  • Simplegardener
    Feb 29, 2016

    One of my favorite dishes. Ate it growing up, eating it growing old.

  • Hcksslr
    Jan 3, 2016

    I make this on the stove. Only difference is I brown the onions in the tablespoon of bacon drippings. Yummy!

  • TheDix
    Feb 11, 2015

    Very delicious! Preparation I found took longer than 15 minutes by the time I fried the bacon, peeled and chopped potatoes, snapped beans and sliced onions--more like 30 minutes! But the result was very good. I sent it to a potluck with my husband, reserving some for me. I know they will like it!

    Feb 3, 2015


  • luigimon
    Aug 10, 2014

    Very good........I would fix this for company. Easy! I have two crocks, fixed this with the crock pot creamed corn, and oven fried chicken, all TOH recipes. Sorry, I don't have the exact names of the recipes, but the dinner was fantabulous!!!

  • jstowellsupermom
    Jun 30, 2014

    I cooked on the stove top due to time constraints but it still turned out great!!