Southern green beans with russet potatoes, smoked turkey, onions, and garlic. Cooked until tender!
A few months ago my southern green beans, bacon, and potatoes went viral on Facebook. There’s no wonder why- People LOVE easy delicious meals, especially when they are affordable. My southern green bean recipes are always super easy to make, and I always use budget friendly ingredients when it comes to my green bean dishes. Although many people loved my original southern green beans, bacon, and potato video, I had a couple of people ask if the recipe could be made differently.
Some people asked me to make my southern green beans recipe pork free, and others asked me to make the green beans on the stovetop instead of the slow cooker. Another request that some people made was to make the green beans and potatoes with smoked turkey, and NO spicy jalapenos. Last, but not least several people asked me to make the recipe using fresh green beans instead of frozen.
How to Make Southern Style Green Beans with Potatoes and Turkey
I was game to show everyone another way to make my green beans and potatoes. This time I’m using smoked turkey legs! I start of by boiling the smoked turkey legs in water. I cook the turkey until it’s nice and tender, then I remove it from the water, and shred or dice up the meat. I DO NOT TOSS OUT THE WATER! I use the water, because there is a ton of flavor from the turkey in there! I actually toss the green beans into the pot of “broth” (the water from the turkey), along with diced potatoes, onions, and garlic, and of course the smoked turkey. I then let everything cook until it’s nice and tender!
The outcome is amazing! This southern green bean, potatoes, and smoked turkey is actually a complete meal (in my household) if anything, we just serve it with cornbread. Give this recipe a try!
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Southern Green Beans with Potatoes and Turkey
- 2 lb fresh green beans washed & trimmed
- 1 lbs smoked turkey legs
- 64 oz water, chicken broth, or turkey broth
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 4-5 medium russet potatoes peeled & chopped
- 2 tsp seasoning salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- Start off by placing the smoked turkey into a large pot.
- Pour the broth or water into the pot, then turn the heat to high.
- Let the turkey cook until it's nice and tender, then remove it from the pot. Be sure to NOT drain the liquid from the pot. We will use it!
- Shred or dice up the turkey meat. Make sure to remove all the bones, and skin.
- Now toss the green beans, smoked turkey, onions, and garlic into the pot with the liquid.
- Sprinkle in the seasonings, and stir the ingredients.
- Cook for about 10 minutes, then add in the potatoes.
- Cook until everything is nice and tender, or cook to your preference.
- Serve and enjoy with cornbread
Check out these recipes as well!
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Wow! This looks fantastic! I just discovered your recipes not long ago and can’t wait to get it poppin’ . Thank you for all you do. I will post after I make this dish. Possibly this Sunday✌
Geneva Ayers says
best green beans I have ever cooked, thank you!
Thanks for trying!
Tomica CurleeStarks says
I have made to of your recipes and everything was great and easy… I made your dressing on Christmas and came right back and made it New Years… I just made your Greens and potatoes with turkey leg.. love the end result as well…. Rosie I need a small adjustment . Can you some of your recipes for two… when I make the recipe I had a whole of food left over… help me out…
Hi Hun, I will try to make smaller servings 🙂
Anita Wright says
Hi Roise, I have tried a lot of your recipes and I just love them . Thank you so much and my favorite of all time is BBQ Ribs with the root beer soda my family love that and the mac and cheese.
Hi Anita! So glad that you liked the recipes!
Just printed out this recipe there was no title on top or infro. saying its your recipe,thought you should know.
Thanks Paulette! I was such in a rush to get a recipe out to y’all, that I forgot to do that part! LOL
This is how I make my green beans and kale. I love using smoked wings or drumsticks, whichever I can get my hands on…sometime hocks too. Thank you for sharing. Looks delicious!
I will definitely try this! So nice to have you back. Congratulations on your new house! May God bless you!
ANTHONY WILLIAMS says
Hi Rosie, do you have a cook book? I would love to check it out.
Not yet 🙂
How long do I cook the turkey legs for? Can you give me an estimated time please and thank you. I can’t wait to try this!
I cooked the turkey for about 45 minutes before it was tender. It really depends on the size.
I got all my ingredients today and will be preparing it tomorrow! Thanks for all you do!
Rosie, thanks so much for all your delicious recipes. Olivia
Great recipes…I’ve tried quite a few. Instructions are always easy to follow. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
Glad that you like the recipes!
K Robinson says
Hi! So I completely forgot how looking it takes to prep fresh green beans. J bought 2 lbs and realized 1) it takes forever and 2) it’s not enoufg for 12 people. Is there anyway for me to mix in frozen green beans with the fresh? If so how can I do that?
Yes, you can use frozen green beans 🙂
Just absolutely love this green bean and potato recipe. Only change was that I used smoked turkey tails instead of legs. Lot more flavor.
Made this today and it was amazing! Thank you my wife absolutely loved it!
Thanks so much for trying! XOXO
DeSean Weems says
In an effort to omit pork for Thanksgiving this year, I tried this recipe and let me tell you , didn’t even miss it . Pork who?! This was my favorite dish out of everything , it was super flavorful . Thanks again for posting