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A bowl of collard greens next to a bowl of black eyed peas and cornbread.

Collard Greens with Bacon

These Southern style collard greens are simmered with bacon and seasonings until tender and flavorful. A simple yet satisfying side dish that pairs perfectly with proteins such as chicken, beef and pork.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 190kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 6 slices bacon coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound collard greens cleaned, stems removed, and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  • Place the bacon in a large pot over medium high heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until crisp. Remove half the bacon from the pan and reserve for later use.
  • Add the onion to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic, salt and pepper, then cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the greens to the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes or until wilted. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to low, then cover the pot and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until greens are tender. Uncover and stir in the hot sauce and vinegar. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with reserved bacon, then serve immediately.



Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1263mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5691IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 1mg