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Crockpot Collard Greens Recipe

A southern classic especially during the holidays! Give this simple yet delicious Crockpot Collard Greens Recipe a try! The slow cooker makes them amazing!

A southern classic especially during the holidays! Give this simple yet delicious Crockpot Collard Greens Recipe a try! The slow cooker makes them amazing! | @MomsWCrockpots #crockpot #slowcooker #sidedish #greens #recipes #glutenfree #keto

These collards are my hubby’s favorite side dish!  During the holidays my husband knows that I will make a batch (or two) of these Crockpot Collard Greens. This southern classic dish is made so much easier with the help of a crockpot. There is no reason not to put in a batch and give this delicious recipe a try!

How to Make Crockpot Collard Greens

A southern classic especially during the holidays! Give this simple yet delicious Crockpot Collard Greens Recipe a try! The slow cooker makes them amazing!

The biggest step is washing your greens and trimming them well. These can be sandy because of how they are grown, so washing them twice is a good idea.

Cook your bacon in a skillet, or in the bottom of your crockpot if you have one of those that multi-tasks with a sauté’ option. You want to cook your bacon enough to render the fat. About 3/4 of the way done.

Place the bacon, bacon fat, ham hock (bone), greens, and other ingredients in your crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Enjoy!

Keto / Low Carb

Added bonus is that if you are currently eating a low carb or keto diet these delicious Crockpot Collard Greens are KETO friendly!

What Size Crockpot?

Use at least a 5-quart Crockpot for this yummy Crockpot side dish for best results.

Other Greens

Try this recipe with other greens like Mustard Greens or Turnip Greens. It works great for all greens.

Serving

These greens are best alone or with some delicious corn bread. They are also amazing served with these Crockpot Black Eyed Peas.

Crockpot Collard Greens

A southern classic especially during the holidays! Give this simple yet delicious Crockpot Collard Greens Recipe a try! The slow cooker makes them amazing!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:6 hrs
Total Time:6 hrs 15 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 4 -6 slices bacon thick, optional
  • 8 cups collard greens tough ribs and stems removed, torn into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups water

Serve With

  • ½ cup onion minced, optional
  • red wine vinegar amount to taste (optional)
  • hot pepper sauce

Instructions

  • Rinse collards thoroughly before using.
  • Remove any thick stems and tear or chop leaves into strips.
  • Cook bacon in a skillet until the fat renders and bacon becomes translucent.
  • Place bacon, with its drippings, into the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Add the greens, ham hock, salt, pepper, and water into crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  • Remove ham hock, discard skin and shred meat, returning meat to crock pot.
  • Serve greens with minced onion, vinegar and Tabasco, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1807IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Amanda | MomsWithCrockpots.com

Originally Posted in 2012. Updated in 2020.

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5 Comments

  1. This is sooo good and easy. I cooked mine all night long. I love collard greens now. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    have some collard greens growing in my garden this year and this recipe sounds great!
    I would use vegetable broth or other broth instead of water though.

  3. 5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe! I put them on before church and when we got home they were ready! Amazing! Thank you!😊

  4. 5 stars
    I never liked collard greens until I tried this recipe. It is amazingly delicious and always gets rave reviews. The first time I made them I went strictly by your recipe and they were delicious. Since then I have altered to suit our taste and use chicken broth instead of water and cook onion and minced garlic with the bacon.

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