Throw just a few ingredients into your slow cooker to make your next Green Bean Casserole. Let your crock pot do the heavy lifting so you can focus on other favorite holiday recipes. This is a great Thanksgiving or any-time side dish!
Thanksgiving is coming up quickly and that makes me happy! Any holiday that involves so much food gets me excited because it is no secret that I am mildly obsessed with recipes and food and EATING. For any large spread the possibilities are endless, but for turkey day we like to stick with a few standard options. Turkey (of course), sweet potato casserole, corn, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce to name a few.
This might be mostly a Midwest thing, but we also enjoy adding a green bean casserole to the spread because it is DELICIOUS and comforting. I typically make it in the oven, but starting now that will no longer be my go-to method. The crockpot version of this tasty side dish is ridiculously easy to make and comes out tasting like holiday perfection. This recipe opens up time for you to focus on other kitchen tasks when you have a lot going on.
HOW TO MAKE CROCKPOT GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
Coat a slow cooker generously with cooking spray or line with a crock pot liner. Add the following ingredients:
Three 14.5-oz. cans French cut green beans, drained
10.75-oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Gently stir ingredients, cover and cook on low heat for 2 hours.
Transfer to a serving dish and spread a 6-oz. container of French-fried onions over the top in a single layer. Serve immediately!
Add 1 teaspoon of garlic or onion powder for an extra punch of flavor.
Feel free to double the recipe! When cooking time is up, divide the mixture between two casserole dishes and top with onions as directed.
To make the recipe even more quickly, cook on high heat for 1 hour.
If fresh green beans are still available in your region, replace the canned beans in the recipe with 2 pounds of fresh, trimmed beans.
If you love the added spice from the cayenne pepper, you may like to sprinkle red pepper flakes over the top before baking, too!
CAN YOU MAKE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE AHEAD OF TIME
Yes! That is one of the things I love about this recipe. Make this casserole up to 2 days ahead of time, but leave the French fried onions off until you are ready to serve it. Cook it in the crockpot as directed, transfer to a serving dish and cover and refrigerate. When you are ready to serve, place the dish in a 250-degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Top with onions!
CAN YOU FREEZE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
If you want to freeze this casserole for later use, you have a couple options:
Freeze uncooked - Combine the ingredients as directed and pour into an aluminum baking pan (minus the fried onions) and wrap tightly in foil. Place into resealable freezer bags and freeze for 3-4 months. When you are ready to enjoy the casserole, let it thaw completely (preferably in the fridge overnight) and cook in a slow cooker as directed on the recipe.
Freeze cooked - Cook as directed in a crock pot and pour into an aluminum baking pan. Let the casserole cool completely and wrap tightly in foil. Place into resealable freezer bags and freeze for 3-4 months. When you are ready to enjoy the casserole, let it thaw completely (preferably in the fridge overnight). Reheat in a 250 degree F oven uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Top with onions!
MORE DELICIOUS THANKSGIVING RECIPES
Creamy Crockpot Corn - Four ingredients, five minutes of effort and your slow cooker will make this delicious, creamy little side dish for you! Creamy Crockpot Corn is a great holiday side!
Mom’s Mashed Potatoes - This is my mom's delicious Mashed Potato recipe. It is the BEST and goes great with any main dish, any time of year. You'll never need another mashed potato recipe again!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce - This is THE BEST homemade cranberry sauce! It is super easy to make and way surpasses the canned version in flavor. Be sure to use whole berries to your sauce to make this a delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving or holiday table!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes - Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are creamy, smooth, delicious and easy to prepare. No boiling or saucepan/stovetop cleaning required with this side dish. The Instant Pot gets this easy mashed potato recipe done in 30 minutes!
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole - This classic Sweet Potato Casserole is great on your Thanksgiving table and also a perfect side dish that can be enjoyed any time of the year. It is filled with a delicious sweet potato mixture and topped with crunchy pecans and marshmallows.
Crockpot Stuffing with Leeks and Sausage - This delicious stuffing is made easier in the crockpot/slow cooker! The addition of leeks and sausage makes it unique and delicious. Don't limit this to Thanksgiving fare. It is a great side dish to any meal, any time of the year.
Tater Tot Hotdish - This classic Tater Tot Hotdish is the perfect comfort food. Whether it’s the main dish or a side, everyone at the table will be satisfied. This Midwestern staple is easy to make and fills everyone up. Great for your Thanksgiving table or any time of the year!