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Grandma's Canned Green Beans

Grandma knew the simple secrets to take canned beans from drab to fab, enough that this easy side dish wows any crowd.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 30kcal


  • 1 50 oz can cut green beans, undrained
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped, cubed, or diced ham
  • 2 tbsp dried chopped onion
  • generous pinch garlic powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste


  • Add all of the ingredients to a stock pot. Stir them to combine. 
  • Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the beans simmer for 30 minutes, to one hour, uncovered & stirring occasionally. 
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beans to a serving dish and serve immediately, or scoop them directly from the pot onto waiting individual plates.


Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 535mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg