Spicy Collard Greens with Pinto Beans


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Spicy Collard Greens with Pinto Beans

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Spice up your Thanksgiving table or next family gathering with this Southern classic side dish.

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 8
2 (10- to 12-oz.) bunches collard greens, trimmed and cut into 1-inch slices
8 slice(s) Hy-Vee sweet smoked thick-sliced bacon
1 c. Hy-Vee Short Cuts chopped white onions
1 (8-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee cubed cooked ham
3 clove(s) garlic, chopped
2 c. Hy-Vee 33% less sodium chicken broth
1 c. water
2 tbsp. Hy-Vee apple cider flavored vinegar
1 tbsp. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
1 tbsp. sambal oelek chili paste
1 (15-oz.) can Hy-Vee pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Lemon zest, for garnish
Hy-Vee crushed red pepper, for garnish

Things To Grab

  • 6-quart stockpot
  • 12-inch cast iron skillet
  • Paper towels


  1. Fill a 6-quart stockpot half full with water; bring to a boil. Add collard greens; cook for 3 minutes. Drain; reserve 1 cup cooking water. Set collard greens aside.

  2. Cook bacon in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels; reserve drippings in skillet. Chop bacon and set aside.

  3. Add onions and ham to drippings in skillet. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until onions soften and ham just begins to brown, stirring occasionally.

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Add broth, reserved cooking water and vinegar. Simmer for 30 minutes.

  5. Stir in sugar and chili paste. Add collard greens and pinto beans. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until collard greens are tender.

  6. To serve, top with chopped bacon. Garnish with lemon zest and crusted red pepper, if desired.

Nutrition facts


219 Calories per serving

Amounts Per Serving

  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 28mg
  • Sodium: 894mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Protein: 15g

Daily Values

Iron 8%
Calcium 12%
Vitamin D 2%
Potassium 9%