Bacon and Onion Green Beans

Hey there! For the first time in I don’t even know how long, I didn’t make a recipe for the Improv Cooking Challenge last month. I’ve had a million different things going on and making a recipe in time completely slipped my mind. Which isn’t great when you’re the one hosting the event, but that’s what happened.

And then it almost happened again this month. With the holidays coming up and a bunch of things to do at work, I nearly forgot about making a recipe. There are probably a million different recipes that include bacon and onions, the ingredients for this month’s challenge, but none of them were appealing to me.

I finally decided that I was going to keep it simple. I needed a side dish for dinner one Sunday night and knew that I had all of the ingredients on hand to make this simple but flavorful dish.


Bacon and Onion Green Beans

Bacon and onion green beans is an easy to make side dish with a ton of flavor.

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 package steam in a bag green beans
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and place the slices of bacon inside.
  2. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until crisp.
  3. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate.
  4. Steam green beans according to package directions, draining water.
  5. Remove excess bacon grease from the pan, leaving 1 tablespoon in the pan.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium low and add in the onion, cooking for 5-7 minutes or until softened.
  7. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  8. Add the green beans to the skillet and toss to coat.
  9. Crumble the bacon and stir into the green bean mixture.
  10. Serve immediately.


Olive oil can be used in place of the bacon fat if you don’t like to cook your bacon in a skillet.

Fresh green beans can be used in place of frozen. Cook until tender crisp before mixing into the onions and garlic.

Keywords: bacon and onion green beans, bacon, onion, garlic, green beans, side dish, 30 minutes or less,

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While nothing fancy, these green beans pack in a ton of flavor from the bacon grease, garlic and onions. I served this along with oven roasted chicken breasts and old fashioned stuffing. We’re totally in the Thanksgiving spirit here and I have a ton of recipes coming up this month that will be perfect for the holiday.



  1. Glad you were able to join us this month Nichole. It is such a busy time of year and we do appreciate your hosting this each month.

  2. This is a great traditional recipe for the holiday! Yum.

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