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Spicy Southern Collard Greens with Bacon

Spicy southern collard greens with bacon is a well-seasoned welcome to any southern meal. The perfect vegetable side dish to a soul food feast.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: collard greens, sides, vegetables
Servings: 10
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Ty


  • 4 lb fresh collard green weight before trimming
  • 1 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 lb thick-cut bacon chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube see notes*
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional**


  • Start by using a large heavy-bottomed pot to sauté bacon, onion, and garlic in olive oil. Crumble in a chicken bouillon cube. Next, add the spices then start piling on the greens. I like to let them wilt a little before adding more. Give them a stir so that the seasoning coats the leaves. Then pour in the water and cover the pot with a lid.
  • Let the greens simmer on low heat for an hour. The greens will be perfectly tender and full of flavor.


* Chicken stock can be used in place of the bouillon cube. Swap out the chicken bouillon cube and water for 2 cups of chicken stock.
** Red pepper flakes add a good deal of heat and a little flavor. You do not have to use the red pepper flakes in this recipe. It will still be amazing without it. Just not as spicy. The black pepper adds to the heat as well.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9130IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 427mg | Iron: 1mg