Rating: 4.71 stars
296 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 242
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 1

Why take something that normally takes 5 minutes to cook and cook it for 2 hours? Because it produces one of the most delicious things you'll ever taste. There's going to be a lot of juice, and that's what you dip your corn bread into.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
2 hrs 10 mins
total:
2 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir bacon in the hot pan until almost crisp, about 6 minutes. Add onion; cook until browned bits of food on the bottom of the pan have dissolved in the onion's juices and onion is soft and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and tomato sauce. Cook until garlic has softened, about 1 more minute.

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  • Place green beans into a skillet and pour in chicken broth. Raise heat to high, add salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to beans, and bring to a simmer. Beans will begin to soften. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally. Add more broth or water if mixture seems dry.

  • Adjust levels of salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Cook until beans are soft and tender, about 30 more minutes. Transfer beans and some of the pan juices to a deep serving platter.

Cook's Notes:

By cutting the onion in the same direction that the fibers that hold the onion together go, the pieces will hold their shape better and they won't just disappear.

You can use almost any tomato product, including chopped fresh tomato.

Nutrition Facts

124 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 16g; fat 4.3g; cholesterol 12.6mg; sodium 781.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (222)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2013
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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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/07/2015
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
(3)
296 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 242
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2013
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
(98)
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2014
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! Read More
(48)
Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2014
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.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2013
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!) Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2014
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. Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2015
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 ;-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2013
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. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2014
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! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2014
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. Read More
(9)
Rating: 2 stars
03/07/2015
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
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