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My Not-So-Secret Collard Greens Recipe

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Before you say another word, let me tell you that if you’ve tried collard greens and aren’t really a fan, this recipe is going to change your mind! As I shared on Instagram, I haven’t met a person who wasn’t a fan after they tried my collard greens. After years of keeping this recipe all to myself, I’m finally ready to share and change the minds of all of those greens-haters. So no preconceived notions about whether or not you like collard greens. Instead, I challenge you to try this out and tell me you aren’t a fan!

bacon cooking in a pot

chopped collard greens in a pot

chopped collard greens and bacon in a pot

collard greens prior to cooking

fully cooked collard greens with bacon

My Not-So-Secret Collard Greens

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My Not-So-Secret Collard Greens

You haven't tried collard greens until you've tried this recipe. Packed with bacon, onions and fresh, chopped greens, you won't believe what you've been missing.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Additional Cooking Time (if you have time)3 hrs
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, family, southern, veggies
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 36 oz fresh collard greens cut into pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 pkg bacon thick cut if available
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add entire package of bacon to the pot. Use tongs to move them around so that they all cook evenly. You want bacon to be cooked, but not too crisp.
    bacon cooking in a pot
  • Remove bacon from pot and place on a plate covered with a paper towel. Let cool.
  • Add chopped onions to the same pot and cook until soft. Make sure to stir to avoid burning.
  • Add garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add collard greens to the pot (you will need to do that in batches, unless you have a very big pot). Stir to make sure the onions and garlic are well distributed and don't burn at the bottom. The collard greens will begin to wilt.
    chopped collard greens in a pot
  • Chop up bacon into bite sized pieces and return to the pot. Stir to combine.
    chopped collard greens and bacon in a pot
  • Add chicken broth and season with salt and pepper to taste. Remember the chicken broth and bacon both have salt in them, so use salt sparingly. You can always add more later, but you can't remove it if you add too much. I typically start with 1/8 tsp.
  • Stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cover pot. Simmer for one hour.
    collard greens prior to cooking
  • At this point, you should taste to make sure you're happy with the saltiness of them. If you need to add more, add more.
    fully cooked collard greens with bacon
  • If you have time, keep them simmering on low for as long as possible. I often make mine the day before we need them. The longer they soak, the yummier they will be.

It’s funny… I was telling my family that a professional chef would probably cringe if they saw the way I cooked certain foods, but I’m just a regular Mom who loves to cook. People find my recipes easy to follow because I’m not professionally trained. I hope that you agree!

I have been making these collard greens for so many years. They make an appearance every Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinner. I also make them a few times throughout the year because my kids love them!

A few tips… you can buy the collard greens already chopped up, in 1lb bags, in your local grocery store. This will save you so much time! In our store, they often have them as buy one get one free, so that’s when I usually make them.

For the onion, you can choose to use a yellow onion, or a vidalia onion. If you like your collard greens a little on the spicier side, feel free to add some red pepper flakes to give it a little kick.

If you don’t have any chicken broth in the house, you can also use water and bouillon cubes, but make sure to keep in mind that it may be a bit saltier than chicken broth, so adjust your salt as necessary.

bowls of homemade collard greens

man holding a fork full of collard greens

I hope that I’ve convinced you to at least give my collard greens recipe a try. If you make it, please let me know how it turned out! And if I can answer any questions for you, please let me know! Enjoy!

This is, by far, the best collard greens recipe you'll ever try. Packed with bacon, onion, garlic and greens, you won't believe how good they are!

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  • Good Nelly
    January 13, 2020

    It looks so tasty. I’ll try it for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lily
    January 11, 2020

    Looks like a great collards recipes. Nice comfort food definitely.

  • Subhashish Roy
    January 9, 2020

    I have already become a fan by just seeing the dish. It looks yummy and would try this out at home. The veggies makes it so healthy too.

  • Genevieve
    January 9, 2020

    5 stars
    This recipe looks colorful and super easy to make!

  • Erin
    January 9, 2020

    I love collard greens! And bacon… can’t forget the bacon. YUM! Now I want to make some of this to go with dinner! 🙂

  • Eileen M Loya
    January 9, 2020

    Anything with bacon is sure to be a winner with my family. I like this recipe and will be trying it out soon. Healthy greens made delicious with bacon is just awesome.

  • Ave
    January 9, 2020

    I have to say that I haven’t tried collard greens before. I usually like leafy greens and vegetables too, so I’m sure the collard greens with some delicious bacon will appear on our menu soon.

  • Yeah Lifestyle
    January 9, 2020

    5 stars
    I have never cooked collard green this way so would love to cook this recipe for my family come sunday

  • Mudpiefridays
    January 9, 2020

    I am so going to give this a go. I’m struggling to get my boys to eat greens but this recipe sounds delicious. We always put bacon with our brussel sprouts but love the idea of including the broth.
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  • Brianna S
    January 9, 2020

    I’ve actually never tried these but you make them look delicious! I’m going to add everything to my grocery cart to make next week.

  • 5 stars
    I have deep Southern roots, but no one in my family brought that particular dish to the table when they moved west, so I only discovered collard greens only a few years ago. Now, we make them regularly – they make such an easy side! Your recipe looks tasty, too – very similar to the way we make them. And pre-chopped collard greens sound like a real time-saver!
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  • Ashley
    January 9, 2020

    I actually really like Collard greens. They have to be made with bacon though. You got that right.

  • Catherine
    January 9, 2020

    The touch of bacon is just what this dish needs! Looks delish!

  • Stefani
    January 9, 2020

    I have never had collard greens but yours looks tasty! Looks like lots of flavor for sure!

  • Mary Robinson
    January 9, 2020

    I’m not a fan of collard but I think this recipe will def change my mind! Looks really yummy. I love your photos by the way, they look really stylish and professional. Im going to try this recipe amd let you know!

  • Melanie williams
    January 9, 2020

    It is always nice when time allows to get in the kitchen and make a dish from scratch. We do love our greens too x

  • Toni
    January 9, 2020

    5 stars
    That looks delish! This will quickly become a favorite at my house.
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  • Shilpa Bindlish
    January 9, 2020

    Never tasted these collard greens. Need to check how they taste. Looks good though.

  • Farah Al Zadjaly
    January 9, 2020

    woow this looks like a good reciepe. I might try it but with turkey bacon or tofurky. Looks healthy.

    • Ayishia
      January 13, 2020

      I’m not really a big greens fan but I will have to give this recipe a try.

  • Cristina Petrini
    January 9, 2020

    A side dish that brings together goodness, health and even a little more taste! Yummy!
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  • Claudia Krusch
    January 8, 2020

    5 stars
    I love collard greens! Can’t wait to try it this way! I love cooking it with butter and onions too!
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  • Leslie L Denning
    January 8, 2020

    I love greens – spinach, collard green, even poke salad. I think bacon makes just about all greens yummy, as well as green beans. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Jennifer H
    January 8, 2020

    So I have to admit, I’m not a collard greens fan. I do love salad and other greens though! 🙂

    • Heather
      January 8, 2020

      I think it totally depends on the recipe! You should try this one and see if it changes your mind.

  • Marcie W.
    January 8, 2020

    5 stars
    I love collard greens and your recipe sounds very close to how we make them. Adding bacon is a must! It provides so much extra flavor.
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  • Chad
    January 8, 2020

    I’ve never cooked collard greens!!! I would love to try to, looks so delicious…Will try to cook it this weekend.

  • Fiona Cambouropoulos
    January 8, 2020

    A lovely way to turn greens into a full meal for all the family.
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  • Brianne Tursi Manz
    January 8, 2020

    5 stars
    I want to become a fan of your collard greens! I am so happy you’ve finally shared your awesome recipe, and I can’t wait to try it!

  • Anna Elle Liz
    January 8, 2020

    I love collard greens! I add bacon too, but sometimes switch it up with pork or ham cubes! If you like a little spice try adding some chili flakes to it!
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  • Amber Myers
    January 8, 2020

    5 stars
    Ooo I don’t think I’ve ever had these before. I must try them. I tend to love all things with bacon 😉
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  • shayna
    January 8, 2020

    This sounds really good, and I think that bacon makes everything taste amazing : )

  • Stacie
    January 8, 2020

    Collards and bacon is the best combo in the world. When we moved to Georgia, I was introduced to it, and I never looked back.
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  • Tara Pittman
    January 8, 2020

    These greens sound so tasty. I need to make these for my husband as he loves bacon

  • Matt Taylor
    January 8, 2020

    Yummy! You can go wrong with bacon. I haven’t had collard greens before, I will have to give this a try sometime.

  • Mitch
    January 8, 2020

    Everything goes better with bacon! What a great way to get everyone to love their greens, I know I am always trying to get my family to eat healthier!
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  • Ann
    January 8, 2020

    This looks really good, I am for sure trying out this collard greens recipe 🙂

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