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This was the BEST green bean recipe I have ever tried! Have to admit I was somewhat skeptical of cooking time also. Not anymore! I made it for a B-B-Que we attended yesterday( doubled recipe) and used fresh green beans , tomatoes, and onions from my garden. People raved about this dish. Even people who normally don't like green beans went back for seconds!! I was asked several times for recipe . This is such a keeper!! Would give it more stars if I could! By the way, chef John is probably my favorite contributor! I love all his recipes, always right on for amount, taste, and quality.Read More
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I didn't like this recipe at all. The taste was okay but I would not make it again. To spend over 2 hours cooking this was not worth it.Read More
This was the BEST green bean recipe I have ever tried! Have to admit I was somewhat skeptical of cooking time also. Not anymore! I made it for a B-B-Que we attended yesterday( doubled recipe) and used fresh green beans , tomatoes, and onions from my garden. People raved about this dish. Even people who normally don't like green beans went back for seconds!! I was asked several times for recipe . This is such a keeper!! Would give it more stars if I could! By the way, chef John is probably my favorite contributor! I love all his recipes, always right on for amount, taste, and quality.
Just like my Nana used to make! I made it exactly as written except for one thing: right at the end, I added a splash of red wine vinegar to brighten it up (I do this with my slow-cooked greens as well). You can't taste the vinegar, but it makes all of the rest of the flavors pop!
I'm not from the South, but my late husband was, and this is THE BEST recipe I have found so far for green beans. Add potatoes half way through and fry some chicken in an iron skillet and there's your meal!! My 9 year old son and I thought they were AWESOME!! (And I'm from Chicago by the way!)
I think there is a step left out in the printed recipe, as compared to the video. Video shows everything done in the saucepan, whereas the printed recipe starts and cooks the beans separately, in a skillet. I followed the video, did everything in the pan, and it worked out fine. Very tasty and good. As per another suggestion, I quartered a few small red potatoes and added them. (Would need to wait until the last 30 or 40 minutes to do this.)
This was yummy! When hubby saw it cooking he said "That looks like the beans my mom used to make" The only thing I did different was I used fresh tomatoes peeled and seeded and run through the immersion blender. If I can use fresh I do.
These beans were wonderful! I made them for my family for Christmas. They were good the day I made them, but the day after they were truly amazing. I recommend making them the day before and heating them up to serve the day of. Sooooo good! Also, the calories are off on this. Only 71 per serving ;-)
This was absolutely incredible. We followed the directions to the T. I will make this at least once a week moving forward. I have never had better green beans. Don't be hesitant about using tomato ... the taste is excellent.
Ahhhh maz ZING! I've been in search of a green bean recipe a next door neighbor used to always make and this is oh so close. I needed about 5 cups of chicken stock to cover my beans but other than that, made it exactly as directed and they turned out fantastic. Thank you for the recipe!
To heck with the green beans. The sauce is excellent!! I used my home canned V6 juice instead of tomato juice and, instead of cayenne, used smoked paprika.
Wanted to make green beans as I remember my Greek granny did; after watching Chef John's entertaining and educational video, and taking this wonderful chef's suggestion to use fresh tomatoes, I wasn't afraid to prepare this slow-cooked green bean recipe for the full two hours, but tried tasting beans at half hour intervals because I was skeptical. Granny didn't use bacon so I left that out this time. My family loves what jalapeño peppers do for flavor so I did slice a fresh one up and added it with the broth. I love Cremini mushrooms so I added 1/2 cup of fresh sliced, too. When two hours was up and there was the perfect amount of flavorful broth, I sprinkled 1/4 cup of crumbled feta on top. We had crusty multigrain bread so we sopped up the juices with that. I plan to prepare this dish with bacon and make cornbread, and leave out the mushrooms & feta for that one. (jalapeño will be delicious with Chef John's original version I feel), and will ALWAYS wait for the full two hours.
So very, very good. I followed the recipe exactly and got rave reviews. It is time consuming but so worth it. I served it with herb roasted chicken and rice pilaf.
This recipe made the most amazing green beans!!! Do not hesitate to make this recipe. I made this for my holiday party and I had people coming back for seconds and thirds. It was the hit of the party and had guests begging me for the recipe for their parties or dinners. I was cooking for 30 so I made the bacon mixture seperately than the green beans as the written receipe didnt state when to add them together. I did see later that he mentioned in the video. I cooked the green beans over two burners in a roasting pan and the chicken broth. After 1.5 hours I mixed them both together in the pan and let simmer for another 1/2 hour. These beans overshadowed the perfectly made prime rib and I was upset I didnt keep more of the left overs for myself the next day.
Love, love, love! 5 stars all the way! Chef John, will you marry me?
Amazing! Not sure how a little bit of tomato makes this big of a difference in a pot of beans but man it sure does. A word of caution, however. If you are viewing this recipe in an app, you are missing some of the directions and are possibly unable to watch the video. I suggest you exit the app and go to the actual website to view the video. This seems to happen often with the allrecipes app. I've had several recipes that didn't turn out right. I discovered that the apps leave off many of the footnotes you see on the website. Also, it seems whoever edits info for the app gets a little editing happy. Now, as far as the beans! Wow, wow, wow! Fabulous. I made this huge pot, the whole time worrying it would make way too much. For normal sized servings, this would serve a small army. However, nobody who eats these will want normal servings. My family of four (who are all physically fit and moderate eaters) went through the whole pot in one meal! My thirteen year old passed up her favorite dessert (judys strawberry pretzel salad from this site) to have room for more beans.
Made this for a Thanksgiving side dish and everyone loved it. I added a clove of garlic (Just because I tend to do that with everything) Also, after making the sauce, poured it over fresh trimmed green beans in the crockpot on cooked on low 6 hours. Perfect!
Delish! You can never go wrong with Chef John! Didn't do the whole 2.5 hours only 1.5 due to time but still amazing! Next I might try throwing in some potatoes... Definitely going on my holiday cooking list
WARNING: Chef John's slow cooked green beans may cause you to die from joy. Think of every superlative word for "tasty food," and that's this recipe. My only suggestion is to consider using more of every ingredient except the green beans. Chef John's recipes proportions are wonderful, but those ingredients make a fabulously delicious sauce that most of my friends enjoy sopping up with bread, spoons, fingers, etc.
I didn't like this recipe at all. The taste was okay but I would not make it again. To spend over 2 hours cooking this was not worth it.
I cook green beans like this 2-3 times a year (raised in Alabama), but I've never seen tomato in them before. Adds an interesting flavor and we may add it again next time! We also like to add a handful of diced new potato about halfway through. Spritz with a vinegar hot sauce to serve (we like Texas Pete's) and, as you mentioned, cornbread, and - well, it's wonderful.
Delicious! Used fresh tomatoes. This is a keeper.
Amazing flavor! This is a winner at my house and will definitely make it again. I varied the ingredients slightly with substitutions and put it all in the slow cooker for 3 hours on high. I used frozen green beans and 3 oz. bag of real bacon bits.
Made this for Christmas dinner exactly as written and it was delicious . A nice change from all of the creamy green bean casserole recipes out there. Like another reviewer, I made it a day ahead and agree that the flavor was ever better the second day. No tomato flavor which is what I was a little worried about. There were no leftovers of this dish! Enjoy!
Awesome recipe and very tasty. Definitely a keeper. Used hickory smoked bacon and fresh tomatoes because I didn't have tomato sauce.
Tastes just like the green beans at BBQ restaurants. Worth the wait. I used frozen green beans. Fresh is too much work.
There were a big hit with my family at a holiday dinner. Love to watch them simmering away while I prepare the rest of the meal. Over time I've made a couple of adjustments: I add butter to the bacon grease and since we like our green beans sweet, I use ketchup as the tomato product.
I made these beans for the first time for my Thanksgiving meal as a way of getting a bean dish on the stove and cooking long before the mad rush of mealtime. (And what better time to experiment with a recipe than a holiday meal? ) Wow, what a hit! Everyone loved them and I had scant leftovers. I made the recipe exactly as directed, but used a tomato paste/water mix instead of tomato sauce as I had a partially used can of tomato already opened. This is a definite keeper that will be made again. Thanks, Chef John!!!!!!
Now, my favorite green beans!!! I used frozen so didn't saute green beans in skillet, after browning onions, garlic and deglazing the skillet put everything on low in slow cooker for 6 hours. So good I ate a bowl for breakfast. Some may want an extra pinch of cayenne, depending on taste, I did and they were FANTASTIC!
I have made this recipe TWICE !! The first time I used young, skinny beans and I over-cooked the onions and bacon before adding the beans to the 3-quart saucepan. I also added too much cayanne pepper. So buy the more mature larger beans and don't look for a lot of browning of the onions and err on the side of too little cayenne instead of too much. But the end result is FANTASTIC !!!
Delicious, no leftovers, will make again!
I usually love Chef John's recipes, but this one didn't do anything for me. It wasn't bad, rather just seemed like it was missing something. The sauce was tasty, however the beans didn't really seem to take on that flavor very much. Definitely not worthy of the rave reviews, but that's just my opinion. Maybe I did something wrong? I probably will not make these again.
The sauce was incredible and I have actually used it to pour over steak!!! That's yummy too but this is definitely a great way to do green beans. The flavors blend like heaven!!
Chef John, you keep churning out these great recipes and this one is simply delicious. My family gave this the five star two thumbs up and asked to have them tomorrow. This is s serious keeper. Thanks Chef John.
The first bite was with a fork, and I thought 'meh'. Then... I got a spoon. OMG, it was love at first bite. I think of it as a green bean soup. Comfort food at it's best, ya'll. You gotta love it.
Best green beans I have ever made,
Really flavorful beans. Made this with some garden string beans. I added a handful of halved cherry tomatoes from our garden in lieu of tomato sauce. I'm a weirdo about having measurements for spices, so I added 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, a little more than 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and just a quick pinch of salt, but I don't care for a lot of salt. They turned out delicious. My husband raved about them. We also added 3-4 small red potatoes because we had them around.
Just like Mom use to make. Next time I will add potatoes into the pot. Good flavor, easy to make as well as a pretty dish. Your guest will surely enjoy them I am sure.
So very good! Made these for Thanksgiving. They have a little Kick to them so the spicy flavor was very welcome with all the other seemingly sweet things that were served. Very easy to make. Didn't change anything in the recipe. They just simmered on the back burner while I made everything else. A keeper for sure!
One of my favorite recipes from this site so far! Followed recipe exactly. Loved it!
beans came out mushy
Finally, a green bean recipe that I actually enjoy! I'm not a huge fan of green beans, and I've tried many of the high rated recipes here, included the ones way more popular than this one, but I've got to say that this one is by far the superior option. I even ate the leftovers the next day! I've been using this site for years and this is my very first review, which should say something. This deserves all the attention it could get. Best thing is I changed nothing to get it to where I liked it. Since my wife likes the flavor of onions, yet hates the texture, I minced them, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for sharing!
I made this recipe as written. It was absolutely delicious melt in your mouth southern green beans. If you are looking for crisp green beans then this recipe is not for you. I will be making these again for Thanksgiving. Yum.
Chef John, I think I love you! (*smiles*) I've been looking for a simple way to cook spectacular green beans for a long time. But this is It! Thanks so much for hitting it out of the park once again. (And about the I love you thing...not getting fresh, just creatively expressing my excitement and appreciation for another one of your exceptional culinary creations.)
Felt like I had died and gone to heaven...and this was before I even tasted it. The lovely aroma in my kitchen while this cooked made me very happy! Thank you for this recipe!
Excellent recipe, with no changes!!! Thanks for sharing!
At last, a recipe that actually cooks the green beans. People who say they don't like green beans have been trying to eat them practically raw. Granted, they may look prettier that way, but in my opinion, they taste awful. Chef John's method is called "cooking them down." They absorb the flavors of all the added ingredients. My personal preference is the old family recipe that uses only the bacon, salt and pepper and the beans. Even canned beans will work (drain and rinse them, though). Then top the finished dish with chopped, fresh, sweet onion. Succulent is just the right word. ...4Graces
I have NEVER had any green beans this good! I made it 4 times over the summer. The only thing I added was the liquid from a smoked brisket and it took it to another level entirely. The last time I added around 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar at the very end before serving. I highly recommend this recipe just as written but the extra smoked liquid from the brisket was awesome.
Made it without bacon
Voted best green beans ever made by everyone attending our BBQ today!! Thanks for the recipe! :)
Excellent recipe. Made these beans for Thanksgiving dinner instead of the usual green bean casserole. Everyone loved them. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
Absolutely delicious! I felt bad because my sister in law made a typical green bean casserole that no one touched and my dish was completely gone! Can't wait to make it again on Saturday for Christmas!
OH YES YES YES!! Thank you. I have always strayed from fresh veggies some odd reason. I love green beans but I can't stand the crunch and texture of most fresh greens so this flip the bill totally made an impact on my table. Standard green bean casserole needs to take a back seat, we got a big time keeper. As you say OPTIONAL to skim the grease or no. I kept it but I'm skimming next time in case my guests don't like it. Either way All the words describing these beans are SPOT ON. And the aroma that fills the house...OMYGOODGRAVY!!
Followed the recipe exactly. Made a nice addition to our Fourth of July menu as an alternative to baked beans.
Incredibly tasty. I followed the instructions exactly as written.
I did not have time to spend over the stove so I popped it all into a crock pot. I do not recommend this method. I will try it next time as directions indicate over the stove. The sauce was delicious but the bacon was soggy and there was too much liquid. I rated it a 3 because I failed, not the recipe. the sauce was great.
I am making these green beans again right now for the 6th time. Exactly as written. They are SO scrumptious!
Crazy good! I followed the recipe exactly except I cut it in half because there are only two of us and my husband does not like mushy vegetables. I was worried I'd be eating this myself. About half way through I tasted a bean and thought, " what's the big deal, tastes like a bean to me." I finished cooking the whole time and WOW. I couldn't stop eating this stuff and my husband and I were fighting over the last few beans. He loved it! I asked him if he minded that they were soft (not mushy)and he said, " there's so much flavor". My only regret is that I had cut the recipe in half. Next time I'll double it! And I'm going to buy some nice fresh Italian bread, slice it thick, a little butter and dip it in that amazing broth.
Absolutely the best green been recipe I have ever found. They return me to my childhood and my grandmother's cooking.
Awesome green bean recipe. The tomato sauce is a great addition and gives the green beans a unique flavor. I will definitely make this again.
Wow! This dish really took my breath away. Even got veggies hater hooked to eating this!!! I made two changes. I didn't have any chicken stock, so I used water and chicken cubes. After simmering for an hour and 30 minutes, I mixed about two tablespoons of cornstarch with a little water and added to the pot to help thicken the sauce, because I like my sauces a little thicker. Thank you for Chef John. This is a must keep recipe. You will not regret!!!
I made this last night, it was horrible. My family ask that I never make it again.
Very good! Did not change a thing! Chef John creations are always great
This recipe is absolutely delicious!! I wanted an idea on what to do with the leftover scraps & bones with meat of the fried turkey my husband prepared for New Years Day. I decided to boil it down, pluck out the bones, & use it for the base of this recipe instead. Other than that, I followed the precise directions. It was so very tasty & yummy. The addition of the tomatoes took this recipe over the top! s it was cooking, my family kept asking what are you cooking; the house smells great, what’s in that pot. At dinnertime my family of four didn’t leave much green beans in the pot. It was a hit! Thank you!!!
Scrumptious! My kids don't like green beans and they devoured them! Best way to get them to eat veggies.
Was a little nervous using tomato sauce in green beans but will probably always use this recipe for my beans from here on out!
Great flavor! Everyone enjoyed this dish on Thanksgiving. Will be making again for Christmas.
Made it just like the recipe. I grew up in Indiana eating green beans just like these. My great-grandmother, grandmother and my mother made green beans just like this recipe.
While looking for a side dish to accompany a dinner I was preparing for company I came upon this recipe. I prepared it as directed. Everyone loved it. The recipe was easy to fix and the green beans were so tender and juicy. Added it to my Favorites file! It is definitely a keeper.
This is a family favorite now! My FIL made it one holiday and we make it all of the time now! Holidays or just because. Everyone loves these green beans!! Usually, I don't CRAVE a vegetable - but these are worthy!
Best beans ever! I did add extra bacon
Great easy recipe.
very savory and simple to make. yes, it does take 2 full hours to simmer but its a great way to try something new, for me any way, never had green beans like this. Per another reviewer, I followed the video and did it all in one pot. Tasty!
Amazing! Sauce is incredible! Can't wait to search what Chef John has to offer!
This was delicious I added some parsley and garlic sauce a keeper.
Made this as directed and it was amazing. I would not change a single thing!!
This recipe is just about perfect! I made it last time with fresh green beans, but am making it today, trying it with frozen. I was asked to make green beans for 35 people for a church dinner and this recipe immediately came to mind. However, I just didn't have time to process fresh green beans so am going with frozen. Hope that works. Leftovers are fantastic, too.
Great dish. I used roasted garlic tomatoes, added a pinch of sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder. Amazing!!!!
We definitely loved these beans but next time will drain some of the bacon grease. It was just too much grease for us. Thanks for a great recipe ??
Made this recipe for Christmas dinner. Tasted great but I did omit the tomato. I will definitely be making this again throughout the year!
Really good recipe. Will add bacon at end to keep it crisper next time.
I'm not a fan of Southern cooking, per se--too many things are cooked to death--but these were perfect! My Southern husband, his Southern uncle and our kids loved them! (So did I) Plus, had enough liquid left over at the end of the night, I'm going to use it as the base for vegetable soup. Can't beat a dish like that!
These are really good and well worth the time. Will do it again!
This is my new standard recipe for the holidays! Its easy and tastes delicious!
Delicious every time I make this!
Fabulous recipe. Best I have ever had
My family loves fresh green beans. I can't stand them... Until I made these. Absolutely delicious!!! My picky mother-in-law even said that they MADE Thanksgiving dinner!!! ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.
Oh my gosh, this is delicious! I am from the south, and have cooked green beans all my life, sometimes ya just get tired of the same ol' way. Found this and just made them, They are fantastic, didn't change a thing, except I used my canned tomatoes and pureed them, I also used my canned green beans and cut the cooking time down quite a lot, just slow simmered them and only used 2 cups of broth (since I was using canned beans that were already cooked). And to KitchenMom, I agree about the sauce ! I could just dip my cornbread in the sauce and make a meal! lol. Will definitely make these again, and for our family get togethers for sure! :)
Made it, very delicious, but 2lbs was a whole lot of green beans, if u plan on serving a family of 5 make a pound, party or holidays go for 2.
The flavor is there but cooking for 2 hours, I had total mush. Will not be making this again.
Simple but Chef John hits it out of the park again. Made the stock from a roast chicken carcass the day before (earmarked for this purpose). Doubled (maybe tripled) the garlic and used kaiserfleisch lardons and tomato paste. Had it over rice with a bit of leftover sliced chicken breast from the roast as a beans-and-rice variant. Absolute corker!
I just made this recipe recently it is awesome. My grandson said they are the best green beans he has eaten. I did not have any cayenne pepper so I substituted hot sauce to taste not a lot just for a little kick. I will use this as my go to recipe for green beans.
I followed the recipe as written and found it very good. This makes a lot. I think it serves closer to 8 or 10. I think you could get by with less bacon than the written directions state.
Absolutely delicious! It's amazing that with just a few ingredients the green beans were full of flavor. I actually sliced and sautéed the onions and added sherry to deglaze before putting the other ingredients in. This will definitely be one of my go to recipes!
I was in a hurry so I steamed the green beans as. I sautéed the bacon, then added the onions and garlic. I mixed in a small amount of marinara sauce. Then added the cooked beans. I didn't need the broth and forgot the cayenne or paprika. It was still awesome. Next time I'll try it the right way.
Sensational. In spite of the time it takes to make these, this is an incredibly easy dish to make, and perfect if you're multitasking since you don't need to keep a close eye on them. The beans are tender, the sauce has a great rich flavor, and would pair well with many different main dishes. Make as is and you won't be disappointed.
Made twice in 1 week for potlucks, it was so great! Everyone loved this. Will make again soon.
A different twist on the ordinary, and worth it. I love tomatoes so this was obvious choice for me. I didn't have bacon thawed so I used 2 teaspoons of lard. Taste was awesome, can't wait to make again.
We love this recipe. I make it often. It becomes a main dish for us, on top of either rice, or polenta. The 2 hours is well worth the rich flavor!
best green beans I ever had