Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole is a classic holiday creamy side dish with mushroom soup topped with crispy onions. Save the oven space and no dry green beans!
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and Green Bean Casserole is one of the most popular recipes on the site right now. This crockpot version of green bean casserole can be an added option to your arsenal of Holiday Recipes for you to choose from!
SLOW COOKER GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
We’ve all had Green Bean Casserole that stayed in the oven a bit too long. All the French’s Fried Onions in the world can’t save those green beans. This Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole recipe is here to save the day for your poor green beans.
Slow Cookers (aka crockpots) are a beautiful thing because they preserve the moisture inside the container which means your sauce can’t go dry.
I get a lot of emails from readers who are looking to make more of their holiday meals in the slow cooker. I am a huge fan of this! In fact last year during Christmas one of the most popular recipes on the site was Ultimate Slow Cooker Pot Roast for all the people who didn’t want to make a turkey or a prime rib.
I’m all for easier, hands off, holiday meals!
Fresh vs. Frozen vs. Canned Green Beans
Classic Green Bean Casserole contains canned green beans. You can absolutely swap the green beans in this recipe with 8-10 cans of green beans (aim for 48 ounces green beans when drained), but the reason I chose frozen is because they are more structurally sound than the canned variety. Canned have a softer texture from a longer cooking time before they are canned.
My frozen green beans were flash steamed for just 60 seconds before freezing which means they’ll hold up well to a longer cooking time.
Fresh green beans are also a delicious option but they’re more labor intensive as you have to clean and trim them.
If you somehow made it onto this page and you’ve decided you hate green beans after all, you can also make this recipe using Brussels Sprouts (halve them first), broccoli or cauliflower.
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HOW TO MAKE CROCKPOT GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
Mix the mushroom soup, 1 cup fried onions, evaporated milk, black pepper, garlic salt in a measuring cup with a whisk.
Add the green beans and mushrooms to your slow cooker
Add the sauce mixture and toss well.
Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
Add the remaining onions to the top of the casserole.
Cover the top of the slow cooker insert with a clean cloth kitchen towel.
Cook on high an additional 45 minutes (the towel prevents the onions from getting soggy).
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Cream of Mushroom Soup:
The recipe calls for two cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup. You can use the pre-made variety or you can use my Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe in place of this.
I also add in about 1 cup of chopped crimini mushrooms for a heartier mushroom gravy flavor. This is optional but very delicious.
French’s Fried Onions:
French’s Fried Onions are a classic and traditional topping for green bean casserole recipes. A perfectly delicious option but if you are looking for a homemade topping you can use the recipe for my Tony Roma’s Onion Loaf Recipe. Just make note to cut the onions up smaller before breading and frying.
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HOW TO SERVE AND STORE CROCKPOT GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE?
- Serve: Don’t leave Green Bean Casserole out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours at room temperature.
- Store: As long as you keep it in a sealable container or plastic wrap, Green Bean Casserole will stay good for up to 4 days. The fried onions will become soggy so it is best to garnish with new fried onions upon reheating.
- Freeze: You can keep your Green Bean Casserole in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Mix 1 cup of the fried onions, mushroom soup, evaporated milk, flour, black pepper, garlic salt in a measuring cup with a whisk.
- Add the green beans and mushrooms to your slow cooker, then add the sauce mixture and toss well.
- Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
- Add the onions to the top of the casserole, cover the top of the slow cooker insert with a clean cloth kitchen towel and cook on high an additional 45 minutes (the towel prevents the onions from getting soggy).