Grandma's Collard Greens


These are without a doubt, the best collard greens I have ever eaten (and I have had my share). My grandma used to make this recipe in the summer when her collards in the garden were ready. If you don't like these, you don't like collard greens ... guaranteed!! Add more red pepper flakes if you like it spicy.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
5 servings


  • 2 cups chopped red onion

  • 2 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 ¼ cups chicken stock

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

  • 4 pounds collard greens - rinsed, trimmed and chopped

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Cook onion and bacon in a large pot over medium-high heat until onions are soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add chicken stock, vinegar, brown sugar, and pepper flakes and cook and stir until brown sugar has completely dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Add 1/2 of the collard greens, reduce heat to medium, and cook until greens are slightly wilted, about 10 minutes. Add remaining greens, toss to combine, and simmer over medium-low heat until tender, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
3g Fat
33g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 363mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 14g 51%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 133mg 666%
Calcium 550mg 42%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 751mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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