Black Folks Southern Green Beans Recipe

These are the green beans we serve up at family gatherings, holiday dinners, cookouts, and all other occasions.

These right here are traditional green beans made with a little oomph. The southern touch adds heaps of flavor, heartiness, and so much depth. You will love them and your family will love them. Green beans are also interchangeable with Black people green beans. Images of my grandma and aunties sitting on the porch or in the kitchen breaking beans come to mind whenever green beans are cooking in our home.

These are the green beans we serve up at family gatherings, holiday dinners, cookouts, and all other occasions.

Southern Green Beans

The southern touch adds heaps of flavorheartiness, and so much depth. Black folks green beans are also interchangeable with Black people green beans. These are the green beans we serve up at family gatherings, holiday dinners, cookouts, and all other occasions.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb Smoked Turkey Wings
  • 1 Medium White Onion finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Pepper Flakes optional
  • 5 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth/Stock plus more as needed
  • 2 lbs Fresh Green Beans ends trimmed & then cut/snapped in half
  • 2-3 Medium Red Potatoes rinsed & cut into quarters
  • Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Hot Sauce for serving, optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or stock pot over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, gently swirl the pot to evenly coat the bottom. Add in the smoked turkey wings (or alternate smoked meat), and let cook for 5 minutes, turning the meat every so often, until the pieces are nicely seared on all sides.
  • Add in the chopped onion and stir together with the meat until the onions soften and become tender, about 4-5 minutes. Then add in the garlic and continue cooking for another 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Toss in the cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes (if using).
  • Then pour in the chicken broth- making sure the meat is fully submerged. If not, add a few more splashes of broth into the pot until the pieces of meat are covered, and stir to combine. 
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pot with a lid. Allow the mixture to simmer for at least 1 1/2 hours- going back to the pot every so often to turn the meat.
  • After simmering, the meat should be very tender. Remove the meat from the pot and let cool down for a few minutes before handling- do not shut off the heat. Use a fork or your hands (fitted with disposable gloves, if desired) to tear the meat off the bones. Then discard the skin and bones and add the pieces of meat back into the pot.
  • Add the green beans and potatoes into the pot. At this point, if any liquid has evaporated from the first simmer, add a touch more broth in to replenish the pot, only if needed. Stir everything well to fully combine, making sure the beans/potatoes are saturated.
  • Cover the pot once more with lid. Let the green beans and potatoes simmer over medium-low heat for another 1 hour, until the green beans have broken down some and the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Uncover the pot, taste the green beans mixture, and season the pot with salt/pepper-to preference. Serve these southern green beans immediately alongside your favorite main entrees or simply as-is with a few dashes of hot sauce, if desired. Enjoy!
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