October 14, 2019



So easy and so good! Rita's Green Bean Special, loaded with bacon and fried onion rings, is a perfect side to accompany any family meal. And it all comes together in one pan!

For an easy and rib-sticking good meal, serve beans with this Slow Roasted BBQ Pork.

Rita's Green Bean Special
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This green bean recipe might look familiar to some of you as it was featured on one of my earliest posts. I thought it could use updated pictures as well as a reintroduction to all of you lovely visitors of this blog. It is unarguably one of the easiest and most delicious green bean side dishes to make. As you can see, I am not partial at all ;) 

These green beans are my family's favorite side dish, even passing the picky husband taste test. He has no problem making it go down. I have a hunch that the tons of bacon and fried onion rings might have something to do with boosting its likeability factor. But that is neither here nor there (heehee) .

Rita's Green Bean Special

The hubs grew up with this dish as his mom, Rita, would serve it with Sunday dinners and the holidays. Our kids grew up eating it as well. Now an adult, my daughter chooses to eat mainly vegetarian, but she splurges on these green beans. In fact, she recently made herself a batch and ate the ENTIRE thing in one night!! Just as her mama, she likes her veggies and she LOVES her bacon!

How simple is it to make this dish? The hardest part is cooking the bacon and that's a breeze. An entire 16 ounce pack is used. Cut it into 3/4-inch pieces, then brown. I use a 6-quart pan with deep sides, which contains the splashing. No greasy mess to clean up here. 

Once the bacon is cooked, drain the fat and add green beans. My mother-in-law uses canned green beans, so that is what I use. The bacon and green beans are simmered for a while in beef broth to allow the flavors to meld. Most of the broth is then drained off and fried onion rings are added. Good old French's Crispy Fried Onions straight from the tub is what you need. They are so good! Believe me, no one is going to complain that you didn't go through the trouble of using fresh green beans and homemade fried onions. Pinky swear!

Rita's Green Bean Special

If you're looking for an easy side dish that is going to please everyone, these green beans are what you need. They are perfect for a family dinner or the holidays. This dish is a staple at our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and pretty much every special occasion meal. If it is not made, I will hear about it!

Other side dishes to try:


Rita's Green Bean Special


4 (14.5 oz.) cans green beans, drained
1 (14.5 oz.) can low sodium beef broth
1 (16 oz.) package bacon
1 (6 oz.) tub French fried onions


Cut bacon into 3/4 inch pieces. Add bacon to a preheated large nonstick 6-quart saucepan on medium high heat. Brown using wooden spatulas to separate bacon pieces, approximately 10 minutes. Drain fat. Set aside.

Return pan to heat and add green beans and beef broth. Cover and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 15-20minutes, stirring halfway. Remove from heat. Drain most of liquid, leaving about 1/8" at the bottom of the pan. Stir fried onions. Transfer bean mixture to a serving bowl.

Makes 8 servings.

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