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Green Beans and Potatoes

This southern classic is always a hit! Fresh fro the garden or not, it's still delicious. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: green beans and potatoes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 2 lbs fresh, frozen or canned green beans (If fresh, remove ends and break into pieces and wash the beans)
  • 6 or 7 red potatoes cut in pieces (I have made this using any kind of potatoes)
  • 1 to 2 cups chicken broth or 1 14.5 ounce can (You don't have to use the chicken broth. I just think it makes them better)
  • 1 ham hock Can use cooked ham, bacon, pork jowl or salt pork about a half cup, chopped
  • 2 to 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion Optional
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic Optional


  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil, then turn to medium low and cook about 1 1/2 hours until potatoes are done and water has cooked down. You can also do this in the crockpot and let cook on low 6 to 7 hours or high 4 hours.


You can add a couple teaspoons bacon drippings if you are just using ham. This will add flavor to the beans.