Mama’s Cooked to Death Green Beans

This are my Mama’s Green Beans – she calls them her ‘Cooked to Death’ Green Beans and they are so delicious, as anything my Mama makes is. 🙂

Mama's Cooked to Death Green Beans with Bacon

A few months ago, I published a recipe for 2 Ingredient Cooked to Death Green Beans. I dedicated them to my Mama because if you ask her how she likes her green beans, she will tell ya she likes ’em ‘cooked to death’.

Well, a few days afterwards I received a hand written letter in the mail from my Mama (who mind you, lives just 15 minutes away). This letter thanked me for the dedication and also politely informed me that this was not how she made her green beans – and she enclosed her recipe for how she makes her Cooked to Death Green Beans.

Mama's Cooked to Death Green Beans handwritten recipe on a piece of paper

So, of  course, I had to publish the real deal Mama’s green beans recipe. Southern style and cooked to death 😉

And just like everything else my Mama makes, these are absolutely delicious. Even better than the version I posted… because they’re Mama’s.

Cooked to Death Green beans with chicken, deviled egg, and fried okra

If you can find the Hanover brand, then get those because that’s what Mama recommends!

Mama's Cooked to Death Green Beans with Bacon
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Mama's Cooked to Death Green Beans


  • 1 50oz can green beans Mama uses Hanover brand
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp oil (optional) I honestly don't add it because I think the butter and grease from the bacon is enough
  • a few slices bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Cook onion in butter til soft. Add other ingredients and cook for about 1.5 hours. I like to add my bacon with my onion and cook it a little before adding the rest of the ingredients, to give it a little more texture and color. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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