Slow Cooker Southern Style Green Beans

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Southern Style Green Beans have never tasted so good, and with this SkinnyMs. Recipe, they’re healthier than ever! Replacing that fatty ham hock with garden-fresh herbs turned this high calorie dish into a nourishing plate that everyone will enjoy. In the South, people like to cook their veggies all day long, making them nice and tender. This recipe does just that! Eight hours of simmering and your beans will taste like the old South!

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Slow Cooker Southern Style Green Beans

Slow Cooker Southern Style Green Beans

Minimum Slow Cooker Size: 5 quarts Servings: 16 | Serving Size: ½ Cup | Calories: 37 | Total Fat: 1 gm | Saturated Fats: 0 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 101 mg | Carbohydrates: 6 gm | Dietary Fiber: 2 gm | Sugars: 1 gm | Protein: 2 gm | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1 |


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh or frozen snap green beans, rinsed and strings removed
  • 1 medium potato, peeled, diced
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth), low-sodium, fat-free
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste


  1. In a medium skillet saute onion and garlic on medium-low heat until tender, about 4 minutes. Add sauteed onion and garlic along with all other ingredients to the slow cooker. Recommend 5-7 quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low 8 hours. Cooking time may vary depending on how tender you like your green beans. Southern style green beans are typically cooked until they are falling apart.


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27 Comments on "Slow Cooker Southern Style Green Beans"

  1. Juliecook62  June 10, 2012

    Love the garlic flavor in green beans 🙂

  2. Paula  June 10, 2012

    Love this recipe. Have made it several times, including last Friday with fresh beans from farmer's market, yum

  3. Doriehi  June 10, 2012

    This is my favorite. I picked some green beans from my garden this morning. I will prepare this dish tonight for dinner. I love fresh green beans and all of the veggies from the garden this time of year.

  4. Laura  September 4, 2012

    THANK YOU for this! It was unbelievably delicious! Southern green beans without the guilt!!!!!!!

  5. Skinny Ms.  September 5, 2012

    Laura, I know, can you believe it? lol Before I came up with this recipe, I couldn't imagine green beans without some fat back or bacon.

  6. Imani  August 19, 2013

    I LOVED this recipe!!! Thank you so much and keep up the great work!

  7. Melissa  October 9, 2016

    These are delicious, I cooked them on the stove as I had a stew in the slow cooker. I do a lot of meal prep for the week ahead and it’s great having a tub of these ready in the fridge.

    • Nichole  October 9, 2016

      Thanks, Melissa! Glad you enjoyed!

  8. Suzanne Ayers  November 18, 2016

    Will the recipe be as good without the potato?

    • Nichole Furlong  November 19, 2016

      Yes, you can leave out the potato. You could substitute, sweet potato, carrots, parsnips, or any other root vegetable if you’d like!

  9. Suzanne Ayers  November 18, 2016

    Can you cook on high for fewer hours?

    • Nichole Furlong  November 19, 2016

      Yes, you can cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.

  10. Samar  April 5, 2017

    Do you have to add basil and can you use cubed broth?

    • Gale Compton  April 6, 2017

      You don’t have to add basil and cubed broth will work if liquid is unavailable.

  11. Gina  March 14, 2018

    Will this pair well with an Easter ham? I want a veggie side and love green beans, and also don’t want the added dose of salt that bacon would bring.

    • Gale Compton  March 15, 2018

      Gina, Definitely! Green beans and ham go perfectly together. I love the aroma of green beans in the slow cooker. 🙂

  12. Alysa  May 8, 2018

    If I want to make this in an Instant Pot, how long do you think I should cook it?

    • Gale Compton  May 9, 2018


      Approximately as follows:
      Add ingredients to bottom of pressure cooker.
      Lock lid in place.
      Close the steam valve.
      Press the steam button and adjust the heat setting to normal.
      Set the timer to 2 minutes.
      Push the steam valve to open position and quick release the steam pressure.
      Once the steam has released, open the lid and allow remaining steam to release.

  13. Sammie~  July 11, 2018

    I have made this a couple times, and it is very good! My question is: can anything be made using the leftover broth? I hate just throwing it out.

    • Nichole Furlong  July 14, 2018

      Hi Sammie, I personally would not save the broth. However, you can strain and save the broth to use a vegetable brother if you choose!

  14. Diane Kruse  April 21, 2019

    I need enough for about 30 people? Can I double the recipe in 1 6 QT slower cooker or do I have to use 2 6 QT slow cookers?

    • Nichole Furlong  April 21, 2019

      Hi Diane, it would be safer to use two slow cookers so the beans are not over crowded and cook unevenly.

  15. Denise  November 26, 2019

    Can you do this recipe with canned green beans?

  16. Michelle  December 21, 2019

    How long should this be cooked if you don’t want the green beans cooked to the point of falling apart? Will use a slow cooker on low.

    • Nichole Furlong  December 21, 2019

      If you prefer a little crunch try to use fresh beans and change the cook time to about 6 hours.


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