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Speckled Butter Beans Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


One of the South’s favorite side dishes is Speckled Butter Beans, sometimes also known as Colored Butterbeans. They are quick and easy to fix and go with just about any meat dish you will serve.



1 bag, frozen Speckled Butter Beans, 24oz.
1/4 pound Fatback
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
Water as needed for cooking.


Rinse the frozen beans under cold running water.
Add beans to a large stock pot. Cover beans with 2 inches of water.
Slice fatback as needed. Add to pot with beans.
Place pot over Medium heat on stove top. Bring beans to a boil.
Cover pot. REDUCE heat to Medium-Low.
Simmer beans about 45 minutes or until they start to get tender.
Add salt.
Add black pepper.
Stir well. Cover again and cook until done.
Serve warm.


You can use ham hocks, smoked turkey, bacon grease, side meat or whatever type of seasoning meat you have available. Don’t overcook the beans or they will be mushy.

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