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Green Beans with Bacon (Firehouse Green Beans)

Step aside green bean casserole, Firehouse Green Beans with Bacon are an easy, last-minute side dish for holidays with the best blend of garlic, parmesan and bacon that will have green bean haters begging for the recipe!

green beans with bacon

I’ve always prided myself on sharing recipes that I make for my family and friends, photographed just minutes before we devour them, rather than styled photos on a “set.” Honestly, I love the beautifully styled images that bloggers take of their dishes, but I try to share the authenticity with you – sometimes that results in shaky photographs because someone is tugging on my leg or the natural light is fading.

I have never shared some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you for this reason! The hustle of preparing for guests and fading light have left me without photos of my favorite side dishes.

Yesterday, much to Chris’ delight, we had a Thanksgiving practice run so that I could make and photograph these dishes. A turkey-less Thanksgiving! I’ve never been a huge fan of turkey anyway. I’m going to kick it off with Firehouse Green Beans.

I call them that because years ago, my family traveled out of town on Thanksgiving and I joined a friend’s family. One family member, a fireman, prepared the best green beans I’d ever had. He said they were a staple at his firehouse, I immediately knew why! They were the first green beans I liked! They’re incredibly quick and easy to make.

Easy green beans - better than a casserole, but just as quick!

Sautéed Green Beans – Add Flavor with Ease!

These Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon are so incredibly easy to make and require just a few ingredients: butter, minced garlic, shallot, bacon pieces and French Cut green beans with parmesan to garnish.

Yes, you can make this with fresh green beans, which I usually prefer, but I’ve tried both fresh and canned (this is one of our favorite and most frequently made side dishes) and I highly recommend using canned French Cut green beans.

The shallot and garlic flavor sautéed Green Beans with Bacon allows all the flavors to seep in for a memorable last minute side dish.

This recipe is full of cheats and it’s so delicious, no one will know! It’s also one of the few occasions I use grated parmesan rather than fresh grating it myself. You’re going to love this 10 minute side dish! Once you make it, don’t forget to write a five star review and help me share on Facebook and Pinterest!

Learn how to make Firehouse Green Beans with Bacon in the video in this post.

What to Serve Green Beans with Bacon With:

These sautéed green beans with bacon pair well with chicken, turkey and steak!

sauteed green beans with bacon

Onto the Printable Green Beans with Bacon recipe (I lovingly Call Firehouse Green Beans:

Firehouse Green Beans

Prep Time 2 mins Cook Time 8 mins Total Time 11 mins
Yields 6

Green Beans with Bacon are an easy, last-minute side dish for holidays w/ garlic, parmesan & bacon that will have green bean haters begging for the recipe!


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 package real bacon pieces
  • 2 cans french cut green beans, strained
  • 1/2 c parmesan


  1. On medium low heat, add butter, garlic, shallot & bacon to pan. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add green beans, increase heat to medium, stirring frequently until hot.
  3. Garnish with parmesan & serve.

Recipe Notes

Use canned French Cut green beans for best results.

4.2 rating
27 reviews
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What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? A few of our other faves are Baked Brie, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cheesy Corn Bake and Caramel Pecan Pie.


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This recipe was originally shared November 2014 and updated October 2018

38 comments on “Green Beans with Bacon (Firehouse Green Beans)”

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  2. Great side dish to any meal!

  3. What a delicious way to jazz up green beans for the holidays! These would definitely be hubby approved!

  4. My sons are not big vegetable eaters, but they love green beans. I try almost any that I come across for variety.

  5. I made these Firehouse Green Bean with Bacon yesterday for Thanksgiving (along with the Sweet Potatoes). They were very good. Couldn’t stop eating them. Thanks!

  6. Hi Julie, could you please tell me how many people this recipe serves? I would like to make this for first night of Hanukkah. And can it be made ahead?

  7. Thanks Julie, I’ll will let you know how they like it!! Sounds yummy and easy!

  8. Did you drain the water? Can garlic powder be used instead of minced garlic?

    • Yes, drain the water. I never use garlic powder…minced garlic keeps in your refrigerator for months and adds a lot more flavor. Give it a try, I just might convert you 😉

  9. Do you think you can make this in a crock pot?? If so, what steps would one take?

  10. The recipe sounds great. Merry Christmas to you and your family❤️????

  11. Made tonight for supper. Big hit with my family. As my family would say….this recipe is a keeper. 🙂

  12. We’ve made something similar but we did use fresh green beans with a pork hock. Yep you get that smokey taste and the onions in it give it a delicious flavor. This we make in the slow cooker but you get the green beans taste that isn’t “green” from using the fresh green beans and we pick off the meat from the hock and keep it with the green beans. This is a VERY German type recipe.

  13. Julie, please! This is looks like a great recipe, except for the canned green beans — why on earth would anyone use them, when fresh or frozen beans (either from the grocery store or one’s own freezer) are so readily available? Canned green beans are over-cooked, limp and loaded with sodium and preservatives, to boot. This is the sort of stuff my culinarily-challenged aunt fed us in the Fifties, along with the appalling green bean casserole — you know, the one that requires a can of cream of mushroom soup and a topping of frozen fried onion rings. So gross! Kids everywhere ran for their lives!

    • I am always an advocate for fresh, but for some reason I love these canned {insert teeth grit}. Either way, I hope you enjoy them. I cannot stand that casserole…I find it appalling as well. Have a beautiful week, Suzanne!

  14. Can you please tell me about how many ounces of bacon bits to use? I have a big bag of crumbles from Costco. Thanks!

  15. I do NOT do canned veggies. With that being said, I DO these! They are delish, and very easy to make!

  16. Our family’s favorite sidecar dish!  Delicious and simple!  Always a hit at gatherings as well!

  17. Had these over thanksgiving and they were delicious! Definitely going to replace my go-to green bean casserole with this dish! It was a crowd pleaser!

  18. My family is tired of green bean casserole every Thanksgiving, so I thought I’d give Julie’s Firehouse Green Beans with Bacon a try. I used French cut green beans which really took on all of the flavors. Before adding the green beans I soaked the garlic, butter, shallot and bacon in the cooking pot for about an hour. There were no left overs and that was with doubling the recipe for 15 people. It was a big hit! Thank you for sharing that recipe, Julie!

    • Thank you, Cindy! Glad everyone there likes them as well! We doubled and didn’t have a green bean left in our group of 12. I’m tripling next year! Happy New Year!

  19. These were amazing! And so easy too 

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  21. The recipe does not specify what size cans of beans. My grocery store has two sizes. Help! 

  22. So delicious and perfect for Thanksgiving! I love this tasty twist on green beans!

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  23. Yum! I love this classic!

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  24. Delicious! Perfect side dish for the holidays!

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  25. I love putting bacon with green vegetables for a side dish. So yummy!

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  26. These are perfect for holiday or special occasion dinners! So delicious!

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