Vegan Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

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Vegan Southern Green Beans and Potatoes, is a flavorful version of the popular classic Southern side dish. Fresh green beans and baby potatoes cooked with onions, garlic, and smoked paprika

Vegan Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

Since living here in Florida, I have been moved to prepare a lot more Southern-Style dishes, like my Smothered Tofu, Biscuit, And Gravy, Southern Collard Greens, and my Southern Black Eyed Peas.
Vegan Southern Green Beans and Potatoes

This Vegan Southern Green Beans and Potatoes is my new favorite dish. Traditionally green beans are cooked with bacon and potatoes but with my classic dish and served as a side dish.

With my version,  you won’t even miss the bacon. It was so delicious!

I ate it alone for supper and didn’t even eat the other dishes I prepared, next time I’m planning to add some coconut bacon.

Ingredients for vegan southern green beans and potatoes on a white marble background

Traditionally the green beans and potatoes are cooked for at least an hour but I cooked mine for less so that the greens are not mushy.

The beauty of this recipe is that it will work for both fresh or frozen green beans, I haven’t tried it with canned green beans but I’m sure it will be fine.

I used smoked paprika to give the bacon-like flavor but you could substitute with vegan sausage or liquid smoke.

vegan southern green beans and potatoes overlay in a saucepan on a white background

How To Make Vegan Southern Green Beans and Potatoes?

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 60 seconds stirring. Stir in potatoes, paprika, Bragg Liquids Aminos, and vegetable broth.  
  2. Bring to boil, cover saucepan and reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add green beans and cook for 15 more minutes or until tender. Stir in butter.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

What If There Is Too Much Liquid Remaining?

  1. Remove the cover of the saucepan and cook on medium-high until liquid has reduced to your desired amount.
  2. Use half the amount of liquid, to begin with, and add as need.

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Southern Green Beans and potatoes in 3 white serving bowls on a white background with a blue napkin

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(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 232 kcal / 970 kJ
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Carbs: 45 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 25 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • For:
  • 4 servings



  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 60 seconds stirring. Stir in potatoes, paprika, Bragg Liquids Aminos, and vegetable broth.
  2. Bring to boil, cover saucepan and reduce to simmer and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add green beans and cook for 15 more minutes or until tender. Stir in butter.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Rozzlyn
    January 31, 2021

    These turned out amazing!! Thank you so much!!!

  2. Sourayah
    January 26, 2021

    Just tried the recipe. Yum! Thank you!

  3. Shellie
    January 3, 2021

    I made this last night….delicious! A definite keeper. Thanks!

  4. Tasha Barnes
    October 20, 2020

    So good! Served it with biscuits. Added liquid smoke as well. Will definitely be making this again.

  5. elaine denardis
    September 29, 2020

    I’ve made this several times now. Just delicious. I’m making it now for a work retirement pot luck. Thanks for sharing. It really taste better than animal based. Fresher and not heavy. Think I’ll whip up a batch of vegan biscuits to go with it.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      September 29, 2020

      Elaine, that is so awesome to read. Hope you have a lovely time at the retirement potluck and stay safe. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  6. Claire
    September 16, 2020

    I could literally eat this everyday (and have done since I found the recipe 🙊)
    I batch cook it and just reheat it when I want some. Very simple to make an incredible flavour! I have just had a portion with cheese on top which was amazing!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      September 16, 2020

      Claire, I’m so happy you enjoy it. I love how you are finding creative ways to serve it. Thank you very much for leaving a feedback, I really appreciate it.

  7. Rhi
    September 14, 2020

    This has become a favourite in our household! I like to double the potatoes, it reminds me of a stew. Thank you for your awesome recipe!

  8. Robert
    August 9, 2020

    I love this recipe, made it today with some modifications. I don’t use onions or garlic. I added onion powder, sage, basil to the spices. Added some frozen broth from a batch of blackeye peas. Added corn-off-the cob and heirloom tomato along with some frozen green beans to the fresh ones I picked up at the Farmers Market. Got a little heavy handed with the Cayenne Pepper, so will use a little less next time and will add another tomato. This one’s a keeper.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      August 9, 2020

      Robert, I’m so excited you enjoyed it. I’m happy you made it your own. Thank you for leaving your feedback.

  9. Greg
    August 8, 2020

    I love this recipe! Made it several times now with fresh local potatoes and beans I have delivered. The smoky flavor is scrumptious!

    Loving all the recipes on your site, keep up the awesome work Michelle!

  10. Tiffany
    June 29, 2020

    Ok so I NEVER review recipes but this was DELICIOUS. OMG. I used green beans and potatoes out of my garden, yellow squash out the garden and roasted mushrooms. I’ve bee trying a lot of new recipes since cutting out meat three months ago. I did add a little liquid smoke as well but this will be my go to recipe for green beans from now on. I didn’t even have to add any salt. I ate three servings smh. Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      June 29, 2020

      Tiffany, I’m so excited that you enjoyed it. It is one of my favorite recipes. Nothing like fresh potatoes and green beans in this recipe! Thank you for your feedback!

    • Tiffany
      July 18, 2020

      You’re welcome! I will definitely be trying more of your recipes.

  11. Ron
    May 15, 2020

    Hi Michelle I’m Ron I’m an LVN nurse in Los Angeles. Your recipe is tasty. What makes it flavorful is the delicious broth with smoked paprika and vegan butter that simulate the taste of being cooked with a ham hock or bacon. What worried me at first was the amount of sodium. I used a bullion cube, which alone has over 900 mg sodium, and when I tasted it when it was done it only needed a touch more salt to finish it up and it was good like that. So the whole pot only had about 1000 mgs sodium, which is not bad at all. You know how to cook! Adding vegan sausage instead paprika sounds like a good idea.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      May 15, 2020

      Nice to meet you Ron, I’m only familiar with the term LPN nurse on the east coast so I had to use Google. I’m bad when it comes on to sodium content, I cook until the recipe tastes good so my readers have to adjust the salt content especially if they have high blood pressure. Personally recently, I’m only eating 1 or 2 meals a day that’s why I believe I get away with it. I’m happy you enjoyed it.

  12. Quita
    May 3, 2020

    The best vegetarian version that l have made and it taste like the old fashioned southern version with the traditional meat that we grew up with.

  13. Viki
    April 27, 2020

    I made this tonight. It’s very tasty. My family really enjoyed this dish. Thank you for sharing this recipe,

    • Janet Tate
      May 13, 2020

      2nd time making this. Awesome recipe. My husband loved them and didn’t miss having meat in them. Home Run!

      • Michelle Blackwood, RN
        May 13, 2020

        Janet that’s wonderful to know, I’m so happy you and your husband loved them. Thank you very much for sharing your feedback.

  14. Mary Simmons
    April 19, 2020

    Very yummy

  15. Ali
    April 15, 2020

    Thanks so much for this recipe…it was SOOOO good! I didn’t change a thing….perfect just as you made it. Wonderful!

  16. Tyler
    December 25, 2019

    Are you supposed to drain the extra broth? Seems almost like a a soup when I finished. Thanks!

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      December 25, 2019

      If you end up with too much liquid, just remove the pot cover and cook on medium-high until the liquid has evaporated to a level you desire.

      • Kris
        December 25, 2019

        Good tip, but then the beans and potatoes are overcooked. I think your recipes should call for less broth. Add if necessary. But other than that, I’m happy with it and appreciate the post!

        • Michelle Blackwood, RN
          December 26, 2019

          Thank you, I gave that recommendation, every stove is different and I have cooked it multiple times and mine was never soupy but I do understand about it being overcooked.

        • AnonyVegan
          July 29, 2020

          Do you cook the beans with the lid on or off? Thanks! Looks yummy!

  17. Kelly
    November 2, 2019

    Trying this today!

  18. Marci
    September 23, 2019

    These green beans are absolutely delicious and so easy! I used Hungarian Paprika and didn’t even miss the bacon in traditional green beans. Thanks for sharing.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 23, 2019

      Marci, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you very much for your feedback, it’s awesome!

  19. Joy Hartsfield
    April 23, 2019

    Tried this for an Easter side dish to accommodate my Niece and her new eating habits. It was a huge hit with the whole family. Will make again, even if the “weird” eater isn’t there LOL! It’s hard for this Southern cook to learn new things, but I’m trying!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 23, 2019

      Lol, I’m so happy everyone enjoyed it. Thank you very much for your feedback. Please try Sweet Potato Pie and Southern Black-Eyed Peas Stew recipes.

  20. Donna
    August 17, 2018

    Trying now. The cayenne pepper is missing in the directions. Thanks.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 17, 2018

      Thank you Donna, I’m editing right now. Hope you enjoy.

  21. Ana Gonzalez
    June 27, 2018

    I just made this recipe and was delicious! (i added a little bit of agave syrup). Here, in Spain we only cook green beans and potatoes with water and salt, and then eat with olive oil and vinegar on top, so this recipe was quite different and extremely good!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 27, 2018

      Thank you Ana for your feedback, so happy you got to try this recipe done a different way. I’m happy you enjoyed it.

  22. Beverly
    June 17, 2018

    What plant based entree might you serve this with?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 17, 2018

      Beverly, it is delicious with any of my stews, curries, or even my smothered tofu.

      • Sonja
        June 29, 2018

        That sounds so good. I don’t eat tofu or soy so I used this (without liquid aminos) as a side dish for an oven roasted portabella mushroom. (rubbed in avocado oil, sprinkled with pink Himalayan salt, pepper, and garlic powder.)

  23. Adrienne
    June 14, 2018

    This recipe was delicious!!! I have also tried the chickpea salad recipe which rocked also. It’s a great site for vegan food.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 17, 2018

      Thank you Adrienne. I’m so happy you enjoyed my recipes. Thank you for your feedback.

  24. Salaamah
    May 18, 2018

    I want to try this recipe it promises to be sooo good. I need to know when to add the cayenne pepper. Also, the pic shows another bean of some sort, is this a part of the recipe or a pic of something altogether different?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 18, 2018

      Hello Salaamah, you can add the cayenne pepper at the end, I think you are seeing chopped onions, I only used green beans and the potatoes.

  25. Mary Pat
    April 3, 2018

    This was delicious! The broth had a nice, subtle smoky flavor. I have made several of the recipes I found on It’s a great site!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 3, 2018

      Thank you Mary, so happy you enjoyed this recipe it is certainly one of my favorite.

  26. Joys
    December 20, 2017

    Absolutely delicious.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 20, 2017

      Thank you Joys!

      • Susan
        January 6, 2020

        Made this for dinner tonight-loved it! Had planned to have enough leftover for tomorrow’s lunch, but we ate every last bit! This will definitely be in our list of favorites!

        • Michelle Blackwood, RN
          January 7, 2020

          I’m happy you enjoyed it Susan, definitely one of my favorite recipes. Thank you for leaving your feedback.