Green Bean Casserole

Transport your taste buds to a realm of savory delight with Green Bean Casserole – a comforting and flavorful dish that brings together the richness of seasoned ground beef, the freshness of green beans, and the creamy allure of mushroom soup. This hearty casserole, crowned with a golden layer of crispy French fried onions, is a symphony of textures and tastes that will have your family and guests coming back for more.

Perfect for a cozy family dinner or a potluck gathering, Green Bean Casserole offers a convenient and satisfying dining experience. The combination of taco-seasoned ground beef, tender green beans, and the velvety goodness of cream of mushroom soup creates a harmony of flavors that is both familiar and exciting.

Follow the simple yet detailed instructions to create this culinary masterpiece, and feel free to customize the recipe with your favorite twists – whether it’s a touch of melted cheese, an extra sprinkle of herbs, or the addition of crunchy toppings. This versatile dish welcomes your creativity.


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small or medium onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 can green beans, drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 package French fried onions


  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cook Ground Beef:
    • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat.
    • Add diced onions and season with salt and pepper.
    • Once the beef is browned and the onions are translucent, drain any excess fat.
  3. Season and Mix:
    • Add the taco seasoning to the cooked beef and onion mixture.
    • Mix well to ensure the seasoning is evenly distributed.
  4. Add Green Beans and Soup:
    • Stir in the drained can of green beans.
    • Add the cream of mushroom soup to the mixture.
    • Mix everything thoroughly to combine the ingredients.
  5. Transfer to Casserole Dish:
    • Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish, spreading it evenly.
  6. Top with French Fried Onions:
    • Sprinkle the French fried onions on top of the beef and green bean mixture. This will add a crunchy texture and flavor.
  7. Bake:
    • Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven.
    • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the casserole is heated through and the top is golden brown.
  8. Serve:
    • Once baked, remove the casserole from the oven.
    • Allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Here are some tips to enhance your cooking experience with  Green Bean Casserole:

  1. Customize Taco Seasoning: Adjust the level of spiciness by customizing the amount of taco seasoning. If you prefer milder flavors, you can use less seasoning, or if you like it spicier, feel free to add more.
  2. Vegetarian Option: If you’re looking for a vegetarian version, you can replace the ground beef with plant-based alternatives such as crumbled tofu, lentils, or meat substitutes.
  3. Cheese Topping: For an extra layer of flavor, consider adding shredded cheese on top of the casserole during the last few minutes of baking. Cheddar or Mexican blend cheeses work well with the taco seasoning.
  4. Fresh Vegetables: While the recipe calls for canned green beans, you can experiment with fresh green beans for a crisper texture. Blanch them briefly before incorporating them into the casserole.
  5. Garlic and Herbs: Enhance the flavor profile by adding minced garlic or your favorite herbs to the ground beef during the browning process.
  6. Crunchy Toppings: Besides French fried onions, try adding crushed tortilla chips or breadcrumbs to the top of the casserole for extra crunch.
  7. Make-Ahead: Prepare the casserole in advance and refrigerate it. When ready to serve, simply bake it in the preheated oven. This can be a time-saver for busy days or when entertaining guests.
  8. Serve with Sides: Sandy’s Green Bean Casserole can be a standalone dish, but it also pairs well with sides like rice, quinoa, or a simple green salad.
  9. Double the Recipe: If you’re feeding a crowd or want leftovers, consider doubling the recipe and using a larger casserole dish.
  10. Experiment with Soups: While cream of mushroom soup adds richness, feel free to experiment with other creamy soups like cream of chicken or cream of celery for different flavor variations.

How Long to Cook Green Bean Casserole:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Bake: Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. The exact time may vary based on your oven and the size of your casserole. The goal is to heat the casserole through and allow the French fried onions on top to become golden brown and crispy.
  3. Check for Doneness: Keep an eye on the casserole towards the end of the baking time. You want it to be heated through, and the top should be nicely browned. If the onions are not as crispy as you’d like, you can leave it in the oven for a few extra minutes, but be careful not to burn them.
  4. Cool Before Serving: Once done, remove the casserole from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to settle, and it makes it easier to handle when serving.

How to Store Green Bean Casserole:

    • If you have leftovers, allow the casserole to cool to room temperature.
    • Cover the casserole dish tightly with plastic wrap or transfer the leftovers to an airtight container.
  1. Label and Date:
    • If using a container, label it with the date to track its freshness.
    • Proper labeling helps you keep track of how long the casserole has been stored.
  2. Refrigerate Promptly:
    • Place the covered casserole dish or container in the refrigerator promptly after serving or within two hours of cooking.
  3. Consume Within 3-4 Days:
    • Consume the leftover casserole within 3-4 days. This ensures the best quality and safety.
  4. Reheating:
    • When reheating, use a microwave or oven until the casserole is heated through. Ensure it reaches a safe internal temperature, typically 165°F (74°C).
  5. Freezing (Optional):
    • If you want to extend the storage time, you can freeze Sandy’s Green Bean Casserole.
    • For freezing, use an airtight container or wrap the casserole tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn.
    • Label the container with the date and use within 2-3 months for the best quality.
  6. Thawing and Reheating from Frozen:

    • When ready to use frozen leftovers, thaw the casserole in the refrigerator overnight.
    • Reheat as usual, either in the microwave or oven, making sure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

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