Smoked green bean casserole recipe

Photos for this recipe are from Erin Hungsberg (IG: erin_hungsberg)

The holiday classic green bean casserole gets a smoky makeover with this quick and easy smoked green bean casserole recipe. A flavorful blend of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and cheddar cheese, this hearty side dish is the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving dinner or any other gathering. The best part? It takes less than 10 minutes to prep and 40 minutes to cook in the oven or smoker, making it an ideal last-minute dish!

Smoked green bean casserole isn’t the only way to prepare green beans for the holiday table, but it’s certainly one of the tastiest. The smoky twist adds a unique depth of flavor that pairs perfectly with the creamy and cheesy ingredients, creating a rich, savory side dish that won’t just blend into the background.

Why you need to make this green bean casserole

  • Quick and easy: This easy recipe with a new twist to the traditional holiday side dish is a snap to prepare and requires minimal effort. Just mix all the ingredients, pour into a baking pan, and cook in the oven or smoker. Ready in under an hour, this dish is a great option for busy holiday cooks.
  • Bbq rub: A simple bbq rub, made with a combination of paprika, sugar, black pepper, garlic, onion, chile peppers, and other spices, gives this dish a good smoky and flavorful surprise. That with the creamy mushroom soup and cheese mixture makes this one of the best green bean recipes.
  • Great for any occasion: Everyone loves a good homemade green bean casserole, and they’re especially popular during the holiday season. Serve this smoky comfort food with your Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham, and you might just need to make a second batch. This is my favorite recipe to quickly put a side dish on the dinner table.

Ingredients you need for this casserole

Canned green beans

Cream of mushroom soup

Soy sauce

Milk

Cheddar cheese

All-purpose bbq rub (store bought or homemade)

French’s crispy fried onions

How to make the ultimate green bean casserole

The only thing better than a warm, comforting side dish is one that’s smoky and flavorful. And this famous casserole recipe is just the thing. It’s one of the easiest smoker recipes you can make—all you need are some green beans, cream of mushroom soup, cheddar cheese, milk, soy sauce, bbq rub mixture, and fried onions.

Start by preheating your oven or smoker to 350 degrees. Then, in a 8×11 aluminum pan or large casserole dish, mix three cans of drained green beans, a can of cream of mushroom soup, half a cup of cheddar cheese, half a cup of milk, and some soy sauce.

Next, put in a teaspoon of your favorite bbq rub mixture, or a homemade one, up to you! You can also combine the ingredients in a large mixing bowl first and transfer the green bean mixture to a nice cast iron skillet.

Feel free to use fresh green beans here if that’s what you prefer or if you have extra time. I’m using the canned version from the grocery store for convenience. If you’re opting for fresh beans, make sure to use trimmed green beans and cook them in a large pot for 6-7 minutes before putting them in the mix.

Once everything’s nice and blended, top the casserole with a generous layer of cheddar cheese. Then, place the pan in your preheated oven or smoker, and cook for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, sprinkle a good amount of crispy onions (I’m using French’s Crispy Fried Onions) on top before returning to the oven or smoker for 10 more minutes until nice and golden brown. 

Let it cool for about 5 minutes before serving it warm with other dishes in your Thanksgiving menu like turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, and candied bacon crackers.

Variations

  • Bacon: Of course, bacon makes everything better. Cook a couple of slices of bacon and chop them into small pieces before adding to the mix. 
  • Spicy: If you’re feeling adventurous, add some jalapeños or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to give the dish an extra kick.
  • Mushrooms: Sauté some mushrooms and add them to the mix for an extra layer of flavor. They also add a really nice texture to the creamy dish.

How to store green bean casserole

Store the leftover green bean casserole in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. The fried onions might start to soften after a day of storage, but the flavors will still be delicious! You can reheat this casserole in the microwave for a couple minutes or in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

If you’re planning to make this dish ahead of time, prepare the entire recipe as directed but leave out the fried onions for the best results. Keep it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two days. When you’re ready to serve, top with the fried French onions and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until heated through.

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Smoked green bean casserole recipe

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A flavorful blend of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and cheddar, this smoked green bean casserole is the perfect side dish for your next holiday! 

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 14.5 oz cans of green beans 
  • 1 10.5 oz  can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 6 oz container of French’s original crispy fried onions 
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1 tablespoon of an all purpose bbq rub 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1/2 cup of milk

Instructions

  1. Combine canned green beans, cream of mushroom, milk, 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, soy sauce and bbq rub in an 8×11 pan and mix well together. 
  2. Top with remaining cheddar cheese and smoke or bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes top with French’s original crispy fried onions until casserole is completely covered and cook for another 10 minutes.
  4. Let casserole cool for 5 minutes before serving.  
  • Author: Jordan Hanger
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Side

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