5-Ingredient Bacon and Green Beans Stir-Fry

Hello from the other side,

Bacon and green beans are unassuming by themselves. But toss them together in this 5-Ingredient Bacon and Green Beans Stir-Fry, they become addicting! They’re gone faster than I can make them in my household. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!


I cut up 2 to 4 bacon slices at a time with kitchen shears instead of chopping them with a knife.

  • chopping board and knife (or kitchen shears for the bacon)
  • large pot or pan with lid
  • cooking spoon or tongs
  • measuring spoons

For less dirty dishes, I use the same plate the uncooked bacon was cut or chopped to transfer the cooked bacon.

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I have an electric stove with 1 – 10 heat indicator (1 is lowest heat and 10 is highest). The heat level I use for this recipe is pretty consistent at medium heat (5).

Beef + Green Beans Sauté


I rarely throw out the grease when cooking bacon, instead I use it in place of butter and olive oil. Since I like to cook with bacon grease, I don’t line the bacon plate with paper towel.

Filipino Chicken Adobo


I haven’t tried making this recipe with frozen green beans. If you do, let me know in the comments below.


I make a well-rounded meal by serving Bacon and Green Beans Stir-Fry with organic brown rice, sliced boiled eggs or fried eggs, and chopped fresh tomatoes.

To make sure the rice is ready to serve along with your other dishes, get a head start by cooking the rice—with instant pot, rice cooker or stove top—right before cooking the Bacon and Green Beans Stir-Fry or during idle time in the kitchen. I personally use a rice cooker with a stainless-steel pot.

If serving eggs, here is a simple and forgiving method of boiling eggs that really works well for us: ADD eggs in a pot and enough water to cover them. BRING to a boil, covered. TURN heat off and KEEP the pot on the hot burner for 10-12 minutes. Slightly COOL the boiled eggs and PEEL under cold water (the cold water will help peel the shells without sticking to the egg). I use an egg slicer to slice or cross-slice boiled eggs directly over a bowl for easier, faster prep.

Kid friendly tip: I found that it’s easier for my kids to eat green beans that are chopped or cut into 1-inch bite-sized pieces.

All the best,


  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy, 5 ingredients, 1 pot or pan
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Share as a side by itself or as a main dish with brown rice, sliced boiled eggs or fried eggs, and chopped fresh tomatoes for a hearty and satisfying meal.


6 bacon slices
4 garlic cloves (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1 small onion (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
2 pounds green beans
1/2 teaspoon salt


TRIM stems off the green beans if desired. SLICE the garlic and onion (skip this step if using garlic and onion powder). CHOP the bacon slices.

In a large all-purpose pan, COOK bacon over medium heat until brown and crisp. Set bacon aside and keep some bacon grease in the pan.

COOK garlic and onion in bacon grease until onion is translucent. STIR in green beans and salt. (Alternatively, STIR in green beans and SEASON with garlic powder, onion powder and salt.)

SIMMER, covered, over medium heat until green beans are tender, 10 minutes.

Turn heat off, STIR in bacon to combine.

Nutrition Info Per Serving: 119 calories, 8g total fat (2.6g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 634mg sodium, 3.7g carbohydrates (1.3g dietary fiber, 1.2g sugar), 7.6g protein.

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