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Green Beans with Bacon and Tomatoes

GREEN BEANS WITH BACON AND TOMATOES is my favorite way to enjoy green beans! Fresh green beans cooked with bacon, onion, garlic, and tomatoes until tender and flavorful. These are easy enough for any night, but fancy enough for a holiday dinner. 

Green Beans with Bacon and Tomatoes

I used to eat canned green beans dipped in ketchup as a child…I’m not proud of this fact, but there it is. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

These days, I like to cook fresh green beans with tomatoes and bacon. So much better, but still maybe has a little bit of that childhood favorite vibe? Haha! 

Cooking fresh green beans is really easy, but I’ve made this recipe with canned as well. Both work great and I think you’ll love all the flavors going on here.

fresh green beans and tomatoes in skillet

Green Beans and Tomatoes Ingredients: 

  • Fresh Green Beans (see recipe note for cooking with canned green beans)
  • Bacon
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chicken Brothfresh green beans with bacon in skillet


  1. Fry the bacon until nearly crisp and then stir in the onion and garlic until a bit soft.
  2. Add the green beans, diced tomatoes, and broth and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Simmer, covered, for around 40 minutes or until your beans are as tender as you’d like.


Cooking fresh green beans is really simple, but it does take a bit of time to get them soft. You’ll want to bring them to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and then cover the pan to trap in all that steam. The green beans will be perfect in about 40 minutes. 

Don’t drain the juice from the can of tomatoes…it adds needed liquid and loads of flavor.

Want to cut carbs? Reduce the onion and/or tomatoes, but don’t skip them completely. They add so much flavor to the green beans!

A close up of green beans and a fork on a white plate.

How many carbs are in green beans?

We’ve all heard that beans are a no-no on a low carb diet, but thankfully green beans have fewer carbs than most legumes!

There are 7 grams of carbs and 3.4 grams of fiber in 1 cup of chopped green beans.

The tomatoes, onions, and garlic do add additional carbs in this recipe, but this dish will still be low enough for most to enjoy at just 6 net carbs per serving. 

Overhead view of green beans on a white plate.

What to serve with these fresh green beans:

A close up of tongs holding up a bunch of cooked green beans.

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Green Beans with Bacon and Tomatoes

These green beans are so flavorful thanks to cooking in a mix of bacon, tomatoes, onions, and garlic!

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ pounds fresh green beans
  • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper


  1. Heat a dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and fry, stirring often, until browned but not yet crisp. Do not drain.
  2. Stir in the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the green beans, canned tomatoes (with juice from the can), chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  5. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover pan and cook for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender. Add additional salt and pepper, if desired.


To make this recipe using canned green beans, drain juice from green beans and use 1 cup of chicken broth instead of 1/2 cup as called for above. Simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered, until liquid has evaporated from pan and beans are very tender.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 486mgCarbohydrates: 10gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 4g

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15 thoughts on “Green Beans with Bacon and Tomatoes”

  1. Would frozen green beans work? I know I’d have to adjust the time but anything else I should consider?

  2. I’ve been make this for years but not with the garlic I am going to make it that way it sounds good.


  3. Toni Hrabak

    This sounds so yummy! Im not normally a tomatoe fan, and I will tolerate green beans. But this sounds so good, Im going to try it. I do like tomatoes in things………….LOL. Thank you

  4. Laura Eklund

    These sound really wonderful, and I will try them! Can you please tell me how much canned green beans would be a pound and a half? Can I just drain and weigh? I can and preserve mine from my own garden. They are canned in water. Thank you! I love your recipes!

    1. Karly Campbell

      You can drain and weigh, though I’ve never used/cooked with home canned green beans. Are they pretty soft like the store bought cans? If not, you may need to adjust cook times/cover as you cook. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Maggie Martin

    Been making Bacon/Onion green beans for years, no tomato, as “some” don’t like tomato (GLARE). I’m making these tonite as written and I’LL eat them…
    Thanks Karly


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