Crockpot Green Bean Casserole is NOT your traditional Green Bean Casserole recipe! No, this one is SO much better! It’s made with cream of celery soup, cheddar cheese, and water chestnuts along with lots of French fried onions. A big plus is you make it in the crockpot so it’s incredibly easy.
I just place two 16-oz. pkg. frozen green beans in the crockpot, top with the soup mixture and French fried onions and allow the dish to cook on low for several hours before adding the final amount of French fried onions and cheese on top about 20 minutes before serving.
I’ve made this recipe a LOT for holidays throughout the years. With my old crockpot, I used to cook this about 1o hours on low before adding the final ingredients. But my newer crockpot cooks everything really fast so this was ready in about half that time. Back in the early 1990s we lived away from family, so we didn’t make the annual trek 1,500 miles away to see them very often–especially at Thanksgiving.
Our church family became our family. One of those Thanksgivings we went to Pam Johnson’s home, and this delightful casserole was on the menu. I liked it so much better than the traditional Campbell Green Bean Casserole I had served up until that time. The water chestnuts gave it a really nice crunch, and all the cheese and cream of celery soup provided great flavor.
We had so much sumptuous food at that Thanksgiving celebration. Several families came to that celebration. Everyone brought some of their favorite foods. I remember bringing my Strawberry Pretzel Salad and Corn Pudding which were frequently on holiday menus. There were several families that came to Pam’s home that day. We all enjoyed lots of football, the kids all played together and we stuffed ourselves several times.
This recipe is not low in calories or particularly healthy, but it is one of those recipes we splurge on for holidays or special occasion meals throughout the year. I made this for Thanksgiving this year and, oh, yum!
One of the main reasons I like to make it is because almost everyone will eat green beans. The second reason is I don’t have to use oven space since it cooks in the crockpot. That is really helpful when you’re planning a gigantic meal for family and friends–even when you are blessed with two ovens like I am.
If you’re tired of making your regular green bean casserole for holidays or company, then try out Crockpot Green Bean Casserole sometime soon. It takes about 5 minutes to assemble in the slow cooker. You don’t have to worry so much about timing like you do when you have to bake casseroles in the oven. Our family has enjoyed this treasured recipe for years and I believe you will love it too.
Crockpot Green Bean Casserole is a delicious way to serve green beans.
This easy casserole is wonderful to make when you’re having company because you can fix it and forget about it! Water chestnuts and French fried onions add a nice crunch to this dish.
Here’s a forkful of Crockpot Green Bean Casserole. Ummmmm, delicioso!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients. I usually use French-cut green beans but I couldn’t find them at the grocery store. I substituted fine whole green beans instead.
Spray your crockpot with cooking spray. Add two 16-oz. bags of FROZEN green beans.
Mix cheddar cheese, drained water chestnuts, cream of celery soup and water.
Stir to combine.
Place mixture on top of the green beans. It will cook down as it cooks in the slow cooker.
Add half of a large can of French fried onions.
Cook in your slow cooker on low until done. My old crockpot took 8-10 hours. My new crockpot cooks this in 4-5 hours. Adjust according to the speed of your crockpot.
About 20 minutes before serving add remaining French fried onions.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese on top.
Here the Crockpot Green Bean Casserole is done.
This hearty recipe serves at least 10. Garnish individual servings with more cheese, if desired.
We enjoy this way to make Green Bean Casserole. It has a lot more flavor than the traditional Green Bean Casserole recipe.
Here’s the recipe.
CROCKPOT GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
(Recipe adapted from Pam Johnson, when we attended Christ Baptist Church, Upton, MA)
- 2 16-oz. pkg. frozen French-style green beans
- 1 can Campbell’s cream of celery soup
- 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 can La Choy sliced water chestnuts, drained
- ¼ cup water
- 1 large can Durkee’s French fried onion rings
- extra cheese for garnish, if desired
- Put green beans (frozen) in bottom of crock pot sprayed with cooking spray.
- Combine soup, cheese, water chestnuts and water.
- Add on top of green beans.
- Sprinkle ½ can of onion rings on top.
- Cook on low heat all day. (This depends on your crockpot. Mine only took about 4-5 hours).
- Add last of onion rings 20 minutes before done.
Doesn’t Crockpot Green Bean Casserole look marvelous? The sumptuous, savory flavors of this side dish are wonderful. The ease of which this casserole can be prepared is so helpful when you are cooking lots of other things for a large meal or a meal with company.
You will love every mouthful!
I served Crockpot Green Bean Casserole for our Friday night care group with Spaghetti Pie. Everyone loved it!