Corn and Bacon Succotash with Rice

The Chicago Tribune published this recipe several weeks ago and I knew I had to try it.  I love succotash but usually only serve it at Thanksgiving time for some reason.  And then it is just corn, lima beans, a dab of butter, a little milk and salt and pepper.

Start by using a sharp knife, cut the corn off of 4 ears of corn on the cob. Then combine and cook it with lima beans, bell pepper, bacon, garlic and spices and serve it over rice.  The recipe calls for red bell pepper; I only had a green one. Omit the bacon and add water instead of chicken broth for a great vegetarian dish.  Don’t like lima beans?   Substitute great Northern beans. 

This would work as a great side dish with grilled ribs or chicken; however, it is hearty enough to stand on its own.  Just compliment it with just a nice green salad.  Try this one for those great summer veggies!

Corn and Bacon Succotash with Rice


6 strips bacon
1 onion, chopped
½ red bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 can (15 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth
4 ears corn, cut off the cob
2 cups fresh lima beans or 1 bag (14 ounces) frozen
2 cups rice, cooked to package directions


Fry bacon in skillet until crisp.  Drain on paper towel, set aside.
Remove all but a teaspoon or two of bacon grease.
Add bell pepper, garlic, thyme, salt and red pepper flakes.
Cook, stirring for 3 minutes.
Add chicken broth, cook, stirring up any browned bits, 2 minutes.
Add corn and lima beans.
Cook, turning often to cook evenly, until corn and beans are tender and liquid reduces slightly, about 5 minutes.
Stir in bacon.
Serve over rice.
4 servings.

It’s good!

Pam’s note:  I have mixed the rice with a can of Rotel tomatoes and green chilies.  It makes the succotash even better with a little zip!  I used fresh lima beans from the farmer’s market.  This recipe makes a lot!


  1. I would consider this a full meal, looks great!!

  2. This looks delicious- and sounds so easy to do. I love salty bacon with sweetcorn-one of my favourite meals is fried bacon with sweetcorn fritters. I will be trying this out, thanks for the recipe.x

  3. That's definitely a kicked up version. Sounds very good.

  4. I've been meaning to make succotash but this with bacon looks phenomenal!! MUST try! Thanks!

  5. my scale keeps going up..and up...
    that looks wonderful.

    And UP!!!

    Have a great weekend

  6. Love succotash. This reminds me of a recipe I have from a book called "Square Meals." Recipes from the 40's and 50's, including one for Highway Patrol Succotash. Got to get that out and maybe merge it with yours.

  7. Pam, I really love this recipe. You could also substitute edamame for lima beans. This looks delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. This looks like my type of meal. Very filling and lots of it hopefully for another day. Diane

  9. Hello! Corn AND bacon - this must be yummy. :)

  10. succotash...this is new to me...but looks very healthy and delicious!

  11. I love ti, well I love LIMA beans so much

  12. I love all the ingredients, so that combination is amazing and must be so delicious!!

  13. Never had this dish before. Don't mind trying as it looks good and healthy.

  14. Succotash is a summer favorite here, using vegetables fresh from the garden. I love the way you've spiced it up!

  15. Pam,

    I love your recipes. This sounds wonderful.


  16. I am one of those weird people who really likes lima beans, so I think this sounds fantastic!

  17. Love coming here and learning about southern Cuisine; never had

  18. I know I say this every time, but yum. You and I must have the same tastes! SANDIE

  19. I have never had succotash. The only thing I know about it is that Sylvester The Cat says, "suffering succotash!" That is sad I know. I realize how narrow minded my knowledge of cooking can be sometimes.

    It looks wonderful! Thanks for introducing me to it:)

  20. This sounds absolutely delish....bacon always improves a dish.

  21. Hi Pam, I mentioned you and your blog on the radio today. My husband would try this recipe because it has Bacon in it. That man loves Bacon.

  22. I love a good bean salad! So fresh and tasty for summer!

  23. I love's one of those simple yet yummy dishes that I can always make because everything is either in my freezer or pantry! Yours looks great!

  24. Patticake, me too, it's filling!

    Emmalene, those fritters sound heavenly! Now I want one!

    Recipe for Delicious, delicious says it all!

    Big Dude, once in a while the Tribune comes through with a keeper!

    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy, bacon makes everything better!

    Leslie, I know what you mean! ;) You have a great weekend also!

    StephenC, love those old cookbooks and am really curious about the HPS! It must be a good one!

    Mary, you're right! I have some edamame in the freezer, bet it would work fine.

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, you're right! It makes for a good leftover too!

    Betty Ray, corn and bacon will do it every time!

    Meldylocks and Her Three Bears, try it, it's good! Like I said I always have it at Thanksgiving time; tradition, I guess.

    Jennifurla, yes! Lima beans are definitely a favorite of mine also.

    Salsa Verde, thanks! It's easy and good. love...

    busygran, it's filled with good flavors and filling too!

    scrambledhenfruit, it's a summer food here now also. Thank you!

    Carol at Serendipity, thanks so much and you have a good day!

    Danelle, then I'm weird too! Love lima beans and could eat them often.

    Sage, yes, guess it's kind of Southern and it's good!

    Chatty Crone, are you my long-lost sister I never had? ;)

    Jacqueline, the same to you!

    Raina, funny with Sylvester! Guess it all depends on where you live with various foods.

    Corgidogmama, Hi! They need to come out with bacon flavored ice cream!

    Linda, how sweet of you! Boo hoo, and I missed it yesterday because of errands! I haven't come across a man yet who didn't like bacon! Have a good time with your demo!

    Zia Elle, thank you! It's something just a little different that's good!

    Joanne, me too! This is a great dish for fresh veggies in the summer!

  25. Abbey, you got it! All of them are usually on hand in one form or another. Have a great weekend!

  26. Lovely space Pam. Thanks for following, love to do the same. Best wishes, take care. Keep in touch.

  27. Pam- Thanks so much for visiting/following my blog! Your profile drew me in to visit (being that I am a fellow avid cookbook reader) your blog. This recipe and the others I've seen are gonna keep me coming back for more!

    We lived in Ohio before moving to Guam (the life of a military family) and your recipes make me miss our Midwestern days and meals.

  28. This does sound like a wonderful side dish or even main course with the bacon. I don't care for lima beans but love butter beans.

  29. sanjeet kk, thanks! I will keep in touch and you do the same!

    Terrell, it sounds like we have things in common and I'm glad this brings back Midwest memories for you! I will enjoy reading your blog!

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, thanks! It would be great with butter beans too! Have a good weekend!

  30. Well, how can it not be good with bacon in the mix?! ;D I love succotash! I've never tried it with lima beans. I have had it with edamame though and it was pretty darn good but this looks better!

  31. theUngourmet, I need to try succotash with edamame which I have in the freezer. Bacon makes it better!

  32. Thanks for visiting my post and now I am following you. I just started so I need followers also.

    I like what I see already...nice to meet you.


  33. Norma, welcome! It's nice to meet you and thank you!

  34. I love a good succotash...and this one sounds great! I could eat it as a main dish ;)

  35. I tell you take a good dish and add bacon and you got a great dish!! What a fresh and delicious meal, served over rice completes it!! Nicely done!

  36. What a wonderful recipe! I love to make dishes with fresh veggies and I love the Rotel and bacon in it, too. Thanks!

  37. Thanks for stopping by our blog, Pam! I am drooling over here from your stuffed peppers below. :) I think I'm going to have to try those!

  38. Hi Pam :)

    I've been on your site for 10 min. and I'm drooling! LOL Thanks for your visit :)


  39. girlichef, I agree! Thanks and have a good day!

    Chef Dennis, you are so right! Everything's better with bacon!

    Marguerite, thanks! That's the great thing about summer, fresh veggies!

    The Atwoods, thanks for the visit and I hope you try the stuffed peppers!

    Rue, hi! Glad to hear that you spent some time here drooling! Thanks and have a great day!

    Sanjeeta kk, yes! It's about those fresh veggies! Thanks!

  40. I've heard of succotash but, being Australian, I've never actually known what it was....until now. Lima beans are one of my favourites so I will definitely try the vegetarian option for this dish....thanks, Pam.

    You have a wonderful blog!

  41. Thank you for your kind comment! Your blog is lovely. We make succotash when we get TONS of corn in the summer, and add bell peppers, lima beans, basically whatever we have on hand. This year we made it with soy beans, packed it in a cooler, and took it on vacation with us to the finger lakes. It was our dinner (along with ice cream) most days!

  42. Serena, great! It's a wonderful thing and here's hoping you enjoy it!

    SteelCityFlan, thanks so much! That's my kind of dinner with the ice cream! Yum!


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