These Crack Green Beans make an amazing side dish for special occasions, get togethers, or any weeknight meal! They are loaded with bacon, onions, and a homemade sauce that is totally addicting. You’ll never want to go back to plain green beans again!

For more delicious green bean side dish recipes, be sure to check out my Air Fryer Green Beans, Italian Green Beans, and Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans.

a white baking dish full of green beans and sauce.

These Crack Green Beans are one of my favorite side dishes for holiday meals because they are SO so yummy. After one bite, you’ll understand why they are lovingly called Crack Green Beans.

I hold this recipe near and dear to my heart because it is the first recipe I ever truly developed myself.

a white bowl of crack green beans.

One evening over ten years ago when we were stationed in Kansas, I had this crazy craving for baked beans. After raiding my cupboards, all I found on hand were a few cans of greens beans. I used to keep my shelves pretty well stocked with green beans since they were (and still are!) my oldest son’s favorite vegetable.

I decided to take those green beans and prepare them with a similar type of sauce that I used when making baked beans. The results were amazing; I couldn’t stop eating them!

a white baking dish full of green beans and sauce.

My husband and family became big fans, and we got in the habit of calling them “Crack Green Beans.” They have made a regular appearance at our Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas table every year since.

Ingredients for Crack Green Beans

Ingredient measurements and full instructions are located in the recipe card below.

  • canned green beans
  • onion
  • bacon
  • ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • brown sugar
ingredients spread out on a counter top.

How to Make Crack Green Beans – Step by Step

Ingredient measurements and full instructions are located in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Preheat oven

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place green beans in the bottom of a casserole dish and set aside.

Step 2: Cook bacon and onions

Cook onion with the chopped bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until bacon is crisp. Drain most of the fat.

Step 3: Add remaining ingredients

Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar and simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Step 4: Bake

Pour the sauce over the green beans and gently mix. Bake green beans in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Crack Green Beans – Tips and Notes

  • Making in advance: this is a great recipe to prepare in advance if you’re making it for a holiday meal. Prepare as directed, but don’t bake yet. Cover your baking dish with aluminum foil and place in the fridge up to one day in advance. Remove the foil and bake as directed.
  • Storing leftovers: any leftover Crack Green Beans can stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
a wooden spoon holding green beans and bacon.

Can I use frozen green beans? What about fresh green beans?

Yes, frozen green beans will work fine, but make sure you thaw them first.

You could also use fresh green beans. Just boil them for 10 minutes and drain before proceeding with the recipe.

a white bowl of crack green beans.

More Holiday Side Dishes You Should Try!

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a white bowl of crack green beans.
4.98 from 44 ratings

Crack Green Beans

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
These Crack Green Beans make an amazing side dish for special occasions, get togethers, or any weeknight meal! They are loaded with bacon, onions, and a homemade sauce that is totally addicting. You'll never want to go back to plain green beans again!

Ingredients

  • 2 cans cut green beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 5-6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place green beans in the bottom of a casserole dish and set aside.
  • Cook onion with the chopped bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until bacon is crisp. Drain most of the fat.
  • Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar and simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce over the green beans and gently mix. Bake green beans in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Frozen green beans can be used, just be sure to thaw them first.
  • Fresh green beans can also be used, just boil them for 10 minutes and drain before proceeding with the recipe.
  • Making in advance: this is a great recipe to prepare in advance if you’re making it for a holiday meal. Prepare as directed, but don’t bake yet. Cover your baking dish with aluminum foil and place in the fridge up to one day in advance. Remove the foil and bake as directed.
  • Storing leftovers: any leftover Crack Green Beans can stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 485mg, Potassium: 293mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 90IU, Vitamin C: 21.1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 5.2mg
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