Southern Butter Beans, Millie's

Millie Johnson


Delicious southern butter beans made from dry beans. This recipe is not only yummy but easy on the pocketbook. I like to save the fried bacon for a salad topping, but my husband likes them cooked in the beans. Either way these are sure to be a hit !
I will divide leftovers into freezer bags as sides for other meals. I hate buying canned butter beans and this way you save money and homemade just taste so much better !
We'll have a big pot of them served with a skillet of cornbread and a wedge of onion.

★★★★★ 5 votes
6 - 8
50 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


1 lb
dry butter beans (the big white ones)
2-3 slice
smoked bacon
onion,diced (or 1 small one)
water, 3 inches above beans
1 tsp
1/8 tsp
black pepper

How to Make Southern Butter Beans, Millie's


  • 1Sort beans; remove bad ones,rocks or other foreign materials.
  • 2Put in colander and wash under running water. Set aside.
  • 3Dice half an onion and set aside.
  • 4Dice raw bacon. Fry in large pot til crispy. Remove from pot and set aside. Leave drippings in pot. (You can save bacon bits for a salad or put back in pot after you bring to second boil.)
  • 5Add diced onion to pot and saute til translucent.
  • 6Add some water to deglaze pot then add beans and cover with water. (about 3-4 inches ABOVE beans.)Add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then cover and turn heat OFF for 45 minutes. Return to a boil,(add the fried bacon bits if desired) reduce heat to med. low and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are tender.Keep a check on beans as you may need to add more water.Stir now and then.(taste a bean after 1 hour of cooking. You do not want to over cook). Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.

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About Southern Butter Beans, Millie's

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free
Other Tags: Healthy, Heirloom
Hashtags: #beans, #Southern, #dry