Jazzed-Up Green Bean Casserole Recipe
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Jazzed-Up Green Bean Casserole Recipe

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This is not your mama's green bean casserole, but she'll still be raving about it! After trying many variations, I decided to give this old standby extra kick. The crunchy texture, cheesy goodness and bacon make it a hit. —Scott Rugh, Portland, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen cut green beans, thawed
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 6 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) French-fried onions

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 200 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 862mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the green beans, soup, water chestnuts, milk, bacon, pepper and paprika. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until beans are tender; stir in cheese. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with onions. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Jazzed-Up Green Bean Casserole in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p52

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cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 224895
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"Way too much liquid. I tried to make this recipe several times with minor changes, and no matter what, it came out too soupy. Will not make this again."

JennMcE User ID: 8090223 116573
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"Great recipe! I give it only 4 stars because I realized, after making this in the crockpot, that this combination of ingredients doesn't mix and set properly when cooked this way. It just tasted unfinished and like something was missing. I baked leftovers and they are scrumptious!!! Will make this again and again, just will make sure I bake as a casserole rather than in the crockpot."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 183736
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"Nice and easy way to make green bean casserole. The crock pot tends to make things a bit soupy so I reduced the amount of milk. I eliminated the water chestnuts because my family does not care for them. This is a great holiday side that will free up space in your oven."

jenrsnyder User ID: 6252990 212374
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"While I liked the idea of the crock pot, I had some trouble with soupiness and the cheese. I had to thicken mine by removing the lid of the slow cooker during the last half hour of cooking....which I then had an issue with the cheese not melting correctly. I won't blame the recipe...just some of the mechanics of it. I thought it tasted really nice though...and I omitted the water chestnuts (not a fan) and added more bacon and onions as well. Very tastey and made great left overs!!"

DaisysMom129 User ID: 6364067 193702
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and my family really loved it. I did make a few changes. I cut the water chestnuts into strips to make it easier to pick up with the beans. I also added 3 extra strips of bacon cuz we all love bacon. I added soy sauce for more flavor and I bought the bigger can of onions and crumbled 2 or 3 handfulls into the beans when I added the cheese. I cooked it for 6 hours. The beans came out nice and tender. There wasn't any left. I'm gonna make it for Chrstmas Eve too."

starr186 User ID: 6964402 183734
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I made this for the first time.. quick and easy. the only thing i found it to somewhat soupy so next time ill just cut back on the milk...will be making this again"

snibbor User ID: 2578177 116572
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"I made this for Thanksgiving last year, and everyone really liked it. I will be making it againg this year. It was so nice to put it in the slow cooker and forget about it!"

sue.white User ID: 3595154 183704
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"Definitely, Voodoo Witch....you must have put a hex it! It was wonderful. I used can green beans, though"

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 191285
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"The flavor was okay and I liked the addition of the water chestnuts but what a soupy mess! There was way too much liquid."

mreilly615 User ID: 2340136 177674
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

"Made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. I will make it every year!"

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