Southern Beans With Smoked Turkey Necks And Potatoes

Diving into the heart of Southern cooking, I recently decided to try my hand at a classic dish that promises warmth, comfort, and a taste of home-cooked tradition: Southern Beans with Smoked Turkey Necks and Potatoes. This recipe not only delivered on its promise but also became an instant favorite around our family table. It’s a simple, yet richly flavored dish that combines the hearty, smoky depth of turkey with the fresh, earthy tones of green beans and the comforting starchiness of potatoes. The aroma that filled the kitchen as it cooked was inviting, and the first bite was like stepping into a beloved memory for those who grew up with similar dishes. My family appreciated the layers of flavor and the satisfying balance between the vegetables and meat. It’s a dish that speaks to the soul, perfect for gatherings, Sunday dinners, or simply when the craving for something deeply satisfying hits.


  • 2 lb fresh green beans, washed & trimmed
  • 1 lb smoked turkey legs
  • 64 oz water, chicken broth, or turkey broth
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4-5 medium russet potatoes, peeled & chopped
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Place the smoked turkey into a large pot.
  2. Pour the broth or water into the pot, then turn the heat to high.
  3. Let the turkey cook until it’s nice and tender, then remove it from the pot. Remember to NOT drain the liquid from the pot as it will be used later.
  4. Shred or dice up the turkey meat, making sure to remove all bones and skin.
  5. Toss the green beans, smoked turkey, onions, and garlic into the pot with the liquid.
  6. Sprinkle in the seasonings, and stir the ingredients.
  7. Cook for about 10 minutes, then add in the potatoes.
  8. Continue cooking until everything is tender, adjusting the cooking time to your preference.
  9. Serve and enjoy with cornbread.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings: This recipe serves 6-8 people.
  • Calories per serving: Approximately 300 calories per serving. (Note: This is an estimate. Actual calories may vary based on specific ingredient choices and portion sizes.)

Preparation Time

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes, depending on desired tenderness.
  • Total time: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

Additional Tips

  1. For a richer broth, consider using chicken or turkey broth instead of water for cooking the turkey.
  2. Adjust the seasonings to taste, and feel free to add other spices such as smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for a bit of heat.
  3. To thicken the broth, mash a few of the cooked potatoes and stir them back into the pot.
  4. For added color and nutrition, include other vegetables like carrots or corn during the last 20 minutes of cooking.
  5. Make it a meal by serving this dish with a side of cornbread or rice to soak up the delicious broth.


  1. Can I use smoked turkey necks instead of legs? Yes, smoked turkey necks are also a great choice for this recipe and will add rich flavor.
  2. How do I know when the turkey is tender enough? The meat should be easily pull-apart tender, typically after about 1 hour of simmering.
  3. Can I use canned green beans? Fresh green beans are recommended for the best texture and flavor, but canned beans can be used in a pinch. Just reduce the cooking time since they’re already cooked.
  4. Is it possible to make this dish in a slow cooker? Absolutely. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  5. How long can leftovers be stored? Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  6. Can I freeze this dish? Yes, this dish freezes well. Cool completely and store in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months.
  7. How can I make this dish vegetarian? Omit the smoked turkey and use vegetable broth for a hearty vegetarian version.
  8. What can I substitute for russet potatoes? Yukon gold or red potatoes are excellent substitutes and don’t need to be peeled.
  9. Can I add more vegetables to the dish? Yes, feel free to add your favorite vegetables to make the dish more substantial.
  10. What’s the best way to serve this dish? Serve hot with a side of freshly baked cornbread or over a bed of rice for a complete meal.

Southern Beans with Smoked Turkey Necks and Potatoes is more than just a meal; it’s a comforting embrace in the form of food. With its simple ingredients and straightforward preparation, it brings the rich, satisfying flavors of Southern cooking into any kitchen. It’s a dish that’s sure to gather everyone around the table, eager for a taste of comfort and tradition.