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Green beans are a classic side dish now made even easier thanks to the Crock Pot. Tender green beans, with a hint of sweetness from maple syrup, and a bit of smokiness from bacon, are so good that this recipe is sure to become a favorite for years to come.
No matter how they are served, green beans are always a welcome sight at my table. Whether it’s my Southern Green Beans, Green Bean Salad, or Skillet Green Beans, these dishes are always devoured whenever they are served.
I grew up eating the “cooked for 40 hours” green beans that were served for Sunday lunch and on every holiday. I loved those beans but have been on the hunt for a way to load up the flavor in that humble veggie without making them overcooked.
I’ve accomplished that goal and have a great addition to my green bean recipe lineup! Crock Pot Maple Bacon Green Beans combine simple ingredients with classic flavors, making an old-school recipe new and super easy to make.
Ingredients For This Recipe
- Fresh Green Beans – washed and trimmed
- Yellow or Vidalia Onion
- Cooked Bacon – store bought real bacon bits are a good option
- Maple Syrup
- Soy Sauce
- Fresh Cracked Pepper
- Kosher Salt
Slow Cooker Recommendations
You can use just about any type of slow cooker. I used a Crock Pot Casserole slow cooker for this recipe. If you use a bowl or smaller crock, you might consider cutting the green beans in half to fit in the cooker.
How Long Do Green Beans Cook In The Crock Pot?
This recipe uses fresh, whole green beans. After adding the chopped onion, bacon, maple syrup, stock, and seasoning, cook the beans for 4 ½ to 5 hours on low.
I recommend stirring or tossing the bean in the Crock Pot during the halfway cooking process.
Can This Recipe Be Made Ahead Of Time?
It sure can! It’s easy to make a batch of these yummy green beans a day before you want to serve them. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days before you want to serve them.
To serve, remove from the fridge, place in a stockpot, and heat on the stovetop. The green beans can also be reheated in a Crock Pot set on LOW for 1 ½ hours.
How To Serve Crock Pot Green Beans
In my house, green beans are a staple of any meal. Here are some of my favorite ways to serve them:
- Family Dinners with Skillet Beef Stew, and Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread.
- Sunday Supper with the help of my regular slow cooker, I serve Crock Pot Chicken Thighs, Tomato Cucumber Salad, Baked Potatoes, and for dessert, Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie.
- For Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
- New Year’s Day celebration with all the traditional Southern classics.
More Easy Crock Pot Recipes
- Crock Pot Chicken Thighs
- Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Beef
- Crock Pot Hawaiian Meatballs
- Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan
- 1-½ to 2 pounds washed and trimmed green beans
- 1 cup chopped onion
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons low sodium Soy sauce
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1-½ cup chopped cooked bacon
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- dash Kosher salt
- Add green beans, onion, and 1 cup of bacon to a Crock Pot.
- In a small bowl, stir together vegetable stock, maple syrup, and soy sauce. Pour over green beans. Sprinkle on pepper and salt and stir ingredients together.
- Place lid on Crock Pot and set the timer to 5 hours. Stir the green beans half way through cook time.
- When the timer goes off, stir the green beans and place them on a serving platter or in a bowl. Sprinkle on the remainng ½ cup of chopped bacon and serve.
Want To Know More About Slow Cooking?
If you are new to cooking with a Crock Pot or just don’t know where to start, I’ve got something to help. I’ve put together a helpful guide with tips and recipes to get you using a slow cooker like a pro!