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Arkansas Green Beans With Bacon Recipe

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Arkansas green beans are a sweet and savory green bean recipe. This green beans with bacon recipe is a fantastic weeknight side dish, or holiday side dish recipe! I used frozen green beans to make this recipe super simple.

This sweet green bean recipe will become an instant favorite.

I had this green beans and bacon recipe years ago, and it is always one I look forward to eating. Green beans are one of my favorite veggies. A simple green bean side dish!

bowl of green beans with bacon on top

A southern-style green bean that is great next to chicken, pork, steak, etc. You will find this side dish pairs great with almost anything.

If you love green beans, try my Instant Pot green beans and potatoes recipe as well. Serve as a simple holiday recipe if you want.

You Will Love This Green Beans Recipe Because

Frozen Green Beans – I used frozen green beans for this recipe. Now you can use fresh, or canned if you like. It is versatile and you can adapt to fit your preference.

Easy Prep – So easy to throw together and get cooking in the oven!

Holiday Side or Weeknight Recipe – This recipe is versatile! Use as a holiday side dish as an alternative to a classic green bean casserole. Or a weeknight side to go next to your baked chicken.

Affordable – A budget friendly recipe that feeds a crew. I used frozen green beans for an affordable cost, and they are always just as tasty as fresh but for a fraction of the price.

Ingredients You Will Need

Green Beans – Fresh, drained from the can, or frozen work.

Bacon – I baked my bacon in the oven, and then diced it up, and used for the recipe. Real bacon will add a lot more flavor than a microwave style bacon.

Brown Sugar – This is the sweet component to the dish. I used 1/4 cup of brown sugar, if you want the beans to be sweeter taste once you pull from the oven. Then add a bit more sugar and stir well to mix it together.

Onion – Yellow or white onion will work best for this recipe.

Soy Sauce – The soy sauce adds some depth, saltiness, and flavor to the green beans. It helps balance all the flavors.

Garlic Powder – A nice savory component to the beans.

Variations To Recipe

  • Use fresh green beans or drain off liquid and use canned beans.
  • Swap bacon for diced ham or pancetta in replace of bacon.
  • Use honey to sweeten the beans instead of brown sugar. Just watch the swap or it can burn in oven.
  • Add in a splash or Worcestershire sauce as well for a nice twist.
  • Add in 1/4 cup chicken broth for a richer flavor to the beans.

How to Make

Full directions on how to make Arkansas green beans is in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

green beans in pan with onions diced on top

Step One: Start by adding your green beans into the casserole dish. Then drizzle over the melted butter.

bacon, brown sugar, green beans all mixed in baking dish

Step Two: Next add in the garlic powder, diced onion, soy sauce, and bacon and mix well. Make sure to coat it all evenly.

Step Three: Place in a preheated oven and bake for around 25-30 minutes.

Step Four: Remove and let cool just a bit, then taste and season as you would like.

I hope you all enjoy this frozen green beans with bacon recipe as much as I do!

Tips For Success

  • Don’t overcook the bacon to start, as it will bake for 30 minutes in the oven. It will become more crispy as it cooks.
  • Sweetness level is up to you. I start light and then after it is done cooking add more sweet if you want by a sprinkle of brown sugar. Then stir well.
  • Salt at the end before serving helps to bring out all the flavors of the sweet and savory components.
  • Make as much or as little as you want, just alter the cook time as needed. If you are making a really large batch stir every 5-10 minutes to help get an even cook.

Frequently Asked Questions

A few common questions about this baked green beans with bacon recipe.

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Arkansas Green Beans

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Arkansas Green Beans are a sweet and savory green bean recipe. A frozen green bean that gets dressed up with brown sugar, diced bacon, and baked in the oven. A fantastic weeknight side dish, or holiday side dish recipe to serve a crowd.


  • 26-32 ounces frozen green beans
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, diced up
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, or can add more for sweetness
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 small onion, diced finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then grab a 9x13 casserole dish and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Pour in the frozen green beans and toss in the melted butter and onions.
  3. Then sprinkle on the garlic powder, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Toss on the diced bacon.
  4. Mix well and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Remove the Arkansas green beans from the oven taste, and season with salt and pepper, or add a bit more brown sugar if you want sweeter.
  6. Serve and enjoy this simple green beans with bacon side dish.


Sweetness - So I used 1/4 cup of brown sugar. We prefer less sweet. If you want sweeter add in 1/3 cup brown sugar.

Green Beans - You can swap the frozen with fresh or drained canned green beans if you want.

Bacon - I don't overcook the bacon before tossing in the dish as it will cook more in the oven. If you toss in crispy bacon it can easily overcook.

Double Recipe - Feel free to double or even triple the recipe. Just stir every 5-10 minutes to ensure it all gets coated well and cooks evenly.

Storing - Store the leftover sweet green beans and bacon in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 6gSugar: 20gProtein: 14g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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