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Green Beans and Potatoes recipe, as seen on Taste of

Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Easy to follow, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions on how to make our Southern Green Beans and Potatoes. Printable recipe included.



  • 2lb fresh Green Beans
  • 1lb small Red Potatoes, about 68
  • 1 Tablespoon Bacon Grease
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt


  1. Wash the potatoes under cool running water. Set aside.
  2. Place a couple inches of cold water in your sink. Add the green beans.
  3. Swish the beans around to wash them, removing any leaves or debris.
  4. Lift the beans out of the wash water. Place in a colander to drain.
  5. One at a time, snap the ends off the beans, removing any strings as you go.
  6. Discard the end pieces.
  7. Snap each bean into bite sized pieces.
  8. Place the beans in a large stock pot and cover with water by about 3 inches.
  9. Add the red potatoes. Cut them into quarters if preferred.
  10. Add the bacon grease.
  11. Add the sugar.
  12. Place on stove top over Medium High heat and bring to a boil.
  13. Reduce the heat to Medium and let cook for one hour.
  14. Add the black pepper.
  15. Add the salt. Stir well.
  16. Continue to cook the beans and potatoes until done as desired.
  17. Enjoy!


Ham hock, hog jowl, side meat or fat back can be used as a good Southern type seasoning instead of the bacon grease.

Keywords: Green Beans with Potatoes, red potatoes, beans and taters