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Best Crack Green Beans Recipe

Easy crack green beans recipe with bacon and frozen green beans. Different green bean casserole with a creamy butter sauce comfort food. A cross between our Instant Pot Crack Chicken Casserole main dish and the popular holiday side dish you love.

Crack Green Beans

Bacon green beans is the best side ever. Addicting for guests you will want to make a double batch for seconds. You can use canned, frozen or fresh but the timing will need to be adjusted. (affiliate links present)

Crack Green Beans Recipe

Now with our Ninja Foodi Crack Chicken the sauce was made with cream cheese, we used butter on this go around. You could certainly add a cube into this mixture too, allow to melt, and enjoy that way too. Another alternative we have heard has been a real hit too.

We talk about How to Cook Frozen Green Beans here but in this case we are just going to add them slightly defrosted. All you need is to lay the bag on the counter while you’re prepping and crisping the bacon for about 15 minutes or microwave for 1 minute. You just want the frost off of the outside, they will cook in the oven later.

Crack Green Beans without Bacon

Crack Green Beans without Bacon

You could leave meat out of this dish entirely but it is one of the stars of this dish and gives it a lot of flavor. I would say this is a great alternative to our Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, with less calories but still gooier than just the veggies themselves served as a side.

  • 1 lb. frozen green beans
  • 8 slices bacon diced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Paprika
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 c milk
  • All purpose flour
  • 1/5 tsp salt

We share How Long to Cook Fresh Green Beans on Stove if you prefer to make it this way. You’d just want to cook the meat first, then add the veggies and other items to saute. Creamy sauce made the same way over another burner and then combined at the end if you want to coat it all.

green beans with bacon
green bean casserole sauce

Baked Green Beans and Bacon

If you wanted to make this outside the oven in a countertop appliance too you could. I would follow our Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans with the diced meat in there which will crisp together. Make the sauce on the stovetop and season beans as suggested here. Then serve once everything in the basket is tender with a bit of crisp on the outside.

Southern Smothered Green Beans

This is yet another name for these babies, which makes sense right. Yes I do love our healthy Sheet Pan Green Beans but this takes those to a whole new level of YUM. In those I add sliced mushrooms which could easily be added into the mix as well if you wanted.

Another choice for toppings would be to sprinkle crispy fried onions over the top like your traditional dish would. Don’t add it inside the dish like the casserole would but on the top would add yet another texture and flavor profile that is out of this world.

Different Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Why is it called crack green beans?

Great question, some don’t like the term but basically it is because that word refers to something that is addicting, and you want more Easy Green Bean Casserole with Bacon. I make these for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner but year round you can serve and enjoy these with any main dish like chicken or ham.

How to Make Crack Green Beans with Frozen Green Beans

You will want to thaw them at least halfway before adding them right out of the freezer. Easiest way to do this is set the unopened bag in a bowl of cool water in the sink for 30 minutes. Flip over once during that time and you should be set after this step.

  • Preheat the oven to 370 F. Fry the bacon strips in a pan until crispy for about 7 minutes.
    • or use bits that come as chopped cooked bacon in a bag
    • if you wanted to heat oven to 350 degrees because you’re cooking something else at that temp that would be fine, just increase the baking time a bit.
  • Set aside. If using frozen green beans just leave on counter for 20 minutes or put into a bowl to heat in microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute to thaw a bit until frost on outside is gone.
  • Mix green beans, salt, sugar, paprika and olive oil in a bowl.
  • Transfer to a baking dish, such as 8×11 inch casserole dish.
  • Top with crispy bacon. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • While the green beans and bacon are baking, melt the butter in a saucepan and whisk in all-purpose flour so it is smooth. Stir and warm for 2 minutes on low heat.
  • Add milk little by little and continue stirring the sauce with a whisk.
  • You need to stir all the lumps and add salt.
  • If the sauce is too thick, add more milk. If desired, you can add grated Parmesan to the sauce to make more rich.
    • taste, add more brown sugar or soy sauce for more salty or sweetness to your liking
  • After 5 minutes, remove the sauce from heat.

Remove the crack green beans and bacon from the oven. Taste, can sprinkle a bit of garlic powder and onion powder for bolder flavors if you want. Serve with sweet and savory sauce poured over the top. You could add a bit of heat to it with red pepper flakes if desired. Jump to recipe and get started.

Crack Green Beans with Frozen Green Beans

Different Green Bean Casserole Recipe

If you do have leftovers allow it to cool down completely. Store the sauce and dish separately for best results in airtight containers in the fridge. Reheat within 3 days in the air fryer, stovetop or microwave until warmed and then combine the two.

I prefer to warm the sauce in the microwave and air fry the veggies to get a bit of crisp on them as they’ll soften in the fridge. Texture is a big thing for me and that will fix it.

How do you make green beans fancy?

Different seasonings is the easiest way to change up the flavor of course. Second to that you can make a sauce like we did here with our green beans crack recipe which adds a buttery glaze with bacon in it. Bits of ham are a great addition especially after the holidays to add flavor and make it heartier.

Crack Green Beans Recipe

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Crack Green Beans

Easy crack green beans recipe with bacon and frozen green beans. Different green bean casserole with a creamy butter sauce comfort food.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, crack, frozen green beans, green bean casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 276kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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  • Preheat the oven to 370 F. Fry the bacon strips in a pan until crispy for about 7 minutes. Set aside. If using frozen green beans just leave on counter for 20 minutes or put into a bowl to heat in microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute to thaw a bit until frost on outside is gone.
  • Mix green beans, salt, sugar, paprika and olive oil in a bowl. Transfer to a baking dish, such as 8×11 inches. Top with crispy bacon. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • While the green beans and bacon are baking, melt the butter in a saucepan and whisk in all-purpose flour so it is smooth. Stir and warm for 2 minutes on low heat.
  • Add milk little by little and continue stirring the sauce with a whisk. You need to stir all the lumps and add salt. If the sauce is too thick, add more milk. If desired, you can add grated Parmesan to the sauce to make more rich.
  • After 5 minutes, remove the sauce from heat. Remove the crack green beans and bacon from the oven. Serve with sauce poured over the top.

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Nutrition Facts
Crack Green Beans
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 467mg20%
Potassium 289mg8%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 855IU17%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
5 from 6 votes (2 ratings without comment)
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Sky

Saturday 17th of February 2024

So good, and easy to make! My whole family loved this recipe!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 18th of February 2024

so glad

Ann

Saturday 17th of February 2024

Bacon always makes things taste better. Was a hit. Thanks!

Julia

Saturday 17th of February 2024

these green beans were the highlight of our dinner! We served with your chicken casserole and my friends were asking for recipe! Perfect!

Ned

Saturday 17th of February 2024

Delicious and easy to make. My kind of combo! I loved the bacon in this dish! Thank you!

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