Old-fashioned Country Beans

Old-fashioned Country Beans

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 15 mins
  • Servings: 6-8
  • About This Recipe

    “This recipe is marked as a Heritage Recipe in the 1991 book, The Black Family Reunion Cookbook, Recipes and Food Memories.”


  • 1/2 lbbacon, cut in chunks
  • 2lbsgreen beans, cut in halves
  • 2onions, quartered
  • 2teaspoonssalt
  • 1teaspoonsugar
  • 1/4 teaspooncayenne pepper
  • 1lbnew potato, peeled
  • Directions

  • Place bacon in large saucepan and cover with water; boil 20 minutes.
  • Add green beans, onions, salt, sugar and cayenne; boil 15 minutes.
  • Add potatoes; boil until potatoes are tender.
  • Reviews

  • “I used a 1 lb. bag of frozen green beans, 3 slices of bacon, 1/2 onion, 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 white potatoes quartered (we like potatoes) and a pinch of sugar. I forgot the cayenne pepper and this was still delicious. Next time, I’ll follow the recipe to the letter for even better results.Thanks, Lennie.”

  • “We add Cavendar’s Greek seasoning (about 1 tbsp) when cooking these beans and we use creole salt instead of plain old salt…But we’ve been making these for years!!!!!!!”

  • “Most excellent!! Sure brings back memories of my childhood. My grandmother made green beans just like this recipe. The onion and bacon sure sets off the flavor so much with the green beans and potatoes. Delicious!! I did cook the beans and potatoes alittle longer than the recipe called for. Thanks so much for sharing this old time favorite. “

  • “This was a nice vegetable dish. This was the first time I have added cayenne pepper and sugar to my green beans and potatoes. It added a nicechange of flavor. Thanks Lennie.Bullwinkle”

  • “i have been experimenting with various green bean recipes and i found what i wanted here!once again this is the type of meal i make a large batch of and eat for lunches…..the pepper (i added more!) gives it what i have been looking for….”