Texas Roadhouse Green Beans {Copycat Recipe}

cast iron skillet with cooked green beans and bacon

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • They’re DELICIOUS! Plenty of smoky, salty flavor that will remind you of your favorite restaurant. It’s our favorite green bean recipe.
  • Affordable. Since these use canned green beans and a small amount of bacon, they are a very budget-friendly recipe.
  • Quick and easy. This recipe comes together in just 15 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on counter

You’ll need the following for this perfect side dish:

  • onion
  • bacon
  • black pepper
  • seasoned salt
  • salt
  • garlic cloves
  • canned green beans
  • granulated sugar
  • white vinegar
  • Large skillet
  • Rubber spatula or wooden spoon
  • cutting board


Step One: cook bacon, onion, and garlic

bacon onion and seasonings in pan

In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon for 5-6 minutes. The bacon will release a lot of fat but it shouldn’t be crispy yet. Then add the chopped onion and cook for 5 more minutes until it’s soft. Add the seasonings and chopped garlic and cook for 2 more minutes

Step Two: cook the beans

pan with a lot of cooking liquid

Add the beans and the liquid they came in. Add the sugar and vinegar to the skillet too.

Cook the beans by simmering them uncovered on low heat for 7-10 minutes.

Step Three

wooden spoon in skillet

Check to see if they need more salt, and then serve them right away.

🥫 Storage instructions

If you have any leftover green beans, store them in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll last for up to 3 days. You can reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use frozen green beans?

Yes! Just add an extra minute or two to the cook time, and cut them into small equal size pieces first.

Can I use fresh green beans?

Yes, but again they’ll need to cook longer. Really, any kind of green beans is okay but canned will give you the closest flavor to the restaurant chain version.

Do I have to use bacon?

No, but it really adds a lot of flavor. You could also use a few ounces ham, sausage, or add a dash of liquid smoke.

Are these the same thing as Southern-style green beans?

Yes! Cooking with bacon, onion, and lots of savory flavors in a liquid mixture is used in many Southern recipes.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Use a large skillet for faster cooking.
  • Alter the seasonings to add your favorite flavors. Try white pepper, cayenne, or Italian seasoning.
  • If you use a sugar substitute, this is suitable for a keto diet
  • Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated (but not all!). How much you leave is largely a personal preference.

📘 Related Recipes

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🍽 Serve it with

To round out a hearty meal at home:

wooden spoonful of green beans

📖 Here’s the recipe

close up view of finished beans

Texas Roadhouse Green Beans

Packed with flavor and easy to make, this is a vegetable recipe you'll want seconds of. Canned green beans make it super affordable year-round.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings


  • Large skillet


  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of green beans with liquid
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar


  • Cook the bacon, onion, and garlic. In a large skillet, cook the chopped bacon for 5-6 minutes, until much of the fat is rendered but the bacon is not crisp. Add the chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes more, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the seasonings and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the beans and liquid. Add the canned green beans with their liquid to the skillet and add the sugar and vinegar.
  • Cook. Simmer, uncovered, for 7-10 minutes until much of the liquid has evaporated and the beans are soft. Check for seasonings, adding more salt if needed, and serve right away.


Feel free to alter the seasonings to add cayenne, Cajun seasoning, or anything else you like.
The wider your skillet, the faster they will cook.
Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 777mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Texas Roadhouse Green Beans {Copycat Recipe}
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