Southern Smothered Green Beans

Recipe from

Southern Living


4 to 6 bacon slices
3 celery ribs, chopped
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt


Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

Cook celery and next 3 ingredients in hot drippings in skillet over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes. Add tomato and next 6 ingredients; cook, stirring often, 5 minutes or until beans are tender. Stir in bacon.