Crack Green Beans

This Crack Green Bean Casserole is delicious! A sweet sauce with soy and brown sugar, along with crispy bacon combine for a heavenly side dish that is a favorite at family gatherings. You can easily double and triple this recipe for a crowd.


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I love how quick and easy this recipe is to make. The ingredients are simple and you can pre-cook the crispy bacon the day ahead. Whether you call them smothered green beans or crack green beans they are so danged good!

Green beans are a staple at our family gatherings, potlucks and weeknight dinners.

have a few other favourites, like Paula Deen’s green bean casserole (a traditional green been casserole, with cream of mushroom soup), or these green beans with sour cream that make regular appearances at the dinner table.

They’re all delicious, depending which flavors you prefer. They are all suitable for a holiday meals such as Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner.

What Do Crack Green Beans Taste Like?

Canned green beans are simply canned green beans until you add a sweet and savory sauce that the green beans cook in. The sweetness of the sauce, combined with the salty-ish bacon makes these Crack Green Beans impossible to resist!

Ingredients

  • canned green beans – or you can cook green beans as a substitute.
  • bacon – you can use regular bacon or thick-cut bacon in this recipe. You can even use turkey bacon!
  • Brown sugar – the sweetness of the brown sugar, combined with the soy sauce is delicious!
  • Garlic powder
  • Melted butter
  • Soy sauce – use your favorite brand.

Step by Step Instructions

A the bottom of this page, you can find a full, printable recipe card with ingredients amounts and instructions. 

This delicious side dish comes together so easily and is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater. I think you’re going to love it!

Cook bacon, just until crispy. Drain and set aside. Wondering what to do with that bacon grease? My friend, Eliza has a great article about what to do with bacon grease

Drain canned green beans and place in 9×13-inch casserole dish (no need to grease the baking dish).

In a separate small bowl, combine brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce and garlic powder. 

Pour over green beans. Top with cooked bacon.

Bake in 350°F oven for 40 minutes.

FAQ’s

Can you make crack green beans with fresh beans?

Although canned green beans are quicker and easier, cooked fresh green beans make a delicious substitution. Steam or cook the green beans in boiling water until tender.

Would frozen green beans work for Crack Green Beans recipe?

Yes, use the same amount of beans and thaw first in the refrigerator, or steam them.

Do you cook smothered green beans covered or uncovered?

Smothered green beans (crack green beans) should be cooked uncovered.

What goes with Crack Green Beans

Crack Green Beans taste delicious with a few slices of ham for a family dinner or potluck dinner. You can pretty much serve these with any main dish such as chicken or turkey. We enoy them with Million Dollar Chicken as well.

Variations

Try this recipe with Brussels sprouts in place of the green beans! Simply steam the brussel sprouts ahead of time. They’re delicious!!

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Store cooled green beans in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

To reheat, cover dish with aluminum foil and reheat in 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Other Vegetable Sides to Enjoy

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Crack green bean casserole in white baking dish with spoon.

Crack Green Beans


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

This Crack Green Bean Casserole is delicious! A sweet sauce with soy and brown sugar, along with crispy bacon combine for a heavenly side dish that is a favorite at family gatherings. You can easily double and triple this recipe for a crowd.


Ingredients

4 cans green beans, 14 ounces (depending on the size of your can, I used 42 oz. total)

12 strips bacon, cook until slightly crispy

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons, plus one teaspoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons garlic powder


Instructions

  1. Cook bacon over medium heat, just until crispy.  Drain and set aside. 
  2. Drain canned green beans and place in 9×13-inch casserole dish.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce and garlic powder. 
  4. Pour over green beans. Top with cooked bacon.
  5. Bake in 350°F oven for 40 minutes.

Notes

Store cooled green beans in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. 

To reheat, cover dish with aluminum foil and reheat in 350°F oven for 20 to 25 minutes. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 216
  • Sugar: 18 g
  • Sodium: 407.8 mg
  • Fat: 11.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.2 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 7.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 32.3 mg

Keywords: Crack green beans, crack green beans with bacon

9 Comments

  1. Your Cracked Green Beans look great and simple…and everything goes better with bacon! Thanks for sharing!

  2. The name is accurate because I could NOT stop eating these green beans! So flavorful and delicious!

  3. These green beans really are CRACK! So addictive. Savory yet sweet. I might try putting in some chopped ham slices in the leftovers. Yum!

  4. I’ve used this recipe but I’ve always rolled the beans with bacon. Very time consuming. This will be my go to recipe for now on.

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