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Bacon Green Bean Casserole

My biggest problem with a normal green bean casserole? It doesn’t have enough green beans in it. You know how it is really kind of soupy? I really love the flavor of a traditional green bean casserole. The yummy crunchy onions on top are my favorite part. But why should the onions be someone’s favorite part of a green bean casserole?

After much thought of how to make this standard recipe better, I came to a very obvious conclusion.  This dish needs more beans, less “mush”, more cheese…and my BFF Bacon. When in doubt, get the bacon out. (Note to self…make a t-shirt.) Yep. This Bacon Green Bean Casserole is better than your mom’s.

More bacon, more beans, more cheese. That's the secret to this delish version of a classic holiday side dish.


If there is such as thing as a bad-ass Green Bean Casserole, this is it.

I literally sit around and think about recipes night and day. Old ones, new ones, it doesn’t matter. I read cook books for fun. One of my favorite things to do is to take a classic recipe and change it up.

My first advice on revamping the traditional green bean casserole is don’t use the french cut or little shredded green beans.  What are those called?  Not even sure, I don’t even look at them.


Green beans in a bowl next to soup and cheddar cheese


To get more beans into your casserole, you need to up the bean ratio. More beans, less cream of mushroom soup.

Bean math.

This actually is such a super easy recipe. You will be making it at every holiday, Sunday dinner or even as a weeknight side dish.


More bacon, more beans, more cheese. That's the secret to this delish version of a classic holiday side dish.


Load the beans up with a little canned soup, a cheese, and….you guessed it…BACON!

Well, actually, I guess I told you in the blog post title.

Get that bacon crispy so it really has a bite to it when you add it to the green bean casserole. If you under cook it, it will be kinda chewy.

Mix everything up and pour into a baking dish.

Top with even more cheese and those delicious little crunchy French onions and pop into the oven!


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More bacon, more beans, more cheese. That's the secret to this delish version of a classic holiday side dish.


Bake until golden brown and bubbly. Smells so good…the onions, cheese and bacon combine with the familiar flavors of green bean casserole for an amazing taste.

Every forkful is loaded with wholesome green beans. (And all the yummy stuff.)


More bacon, more beans, more cheese. That's the secret to this delish version of a classic holiday side dish.


Need another great recipe? Try these Chili Cranberry Meatballs and Easy Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole.


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4.06 from 55 votes

Bacon Green Bean Casserole

A cheesy and savory take on a classic side dish. Made with sharp cheddar, tons of crispy bacon, this green bean casserole will be a hit at your next family gathering.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword green bean casserole
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 277 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 48 oz can cut green beans drained
  • 6 pieces of bacon cooked crispy and crumbled
  • 1 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 cup french onions
  • 1 TB Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Cook That

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 x 12 baking dish with non stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the beans, bacon, soup, half of the cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Stir well.
  3. Transfer to the baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese and onions.
  4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes until the top is golden and bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Green Bean Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 619mg27%
Potassium 480mg14%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1385IU28%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 220mg22%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    January 1, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I don’t like buying canned stuff, so how many bags of fresh green beans would u use?

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    Buy This, Cook That
    January 1, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Great question! You will need about 6 cups of beans. Not sure what size bag of beans your grocery store carries, but based on what our stores carry probably two bags. You would want to trim and cut the beans, and either steam or precook them a little for this recipe to soften them up first. Let me know how it turns out!

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    February 5, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Made this for the first time for Christmas – absolutely loved it. Even my picky not veggies husband had seconds and thirds. Will definitely be keeping this on our menu!

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      February 5, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Awesome! Thank you so much for trying our recipe. Something about bacon and cheese just makes everything better. I think I’m adding this Green Bean Casserole to our traditional Easter meal, too.

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    November 22, 2017 at 6:43 am

    How many people does this dish serve wanting to make for Thanksgiving

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      November 22, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Thanks for asking. The recipe is in an 8×12 dish, and has 6 cups of beans…plus all the other items…I would say about 8 to 10 good sized servings. (You could possibly stretch it to 12 but considering how everyone likes to load up their plates on the big day…lol)

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    March 31, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Can you make this a day ahead and reheat the day of serving?

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      March 31, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Absolutely. I would not add the French fried onions until you get ready to reheat in and serve. I mean, you can, the flavor would still be there, but they get soggy when refrigerated and re-heated.

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    November 14, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Can this be cooked in a crockpot? If so, how long would you suggest? Thanks!

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      November 17, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      I have never tried it in a crockpot, but I’m sure it could be done. It is so quick to bake in the oven, so I never found the need for the crockpot. If I were to try it, I would prepare it all in the pot, cook on low for a couple of hours until everything was heated through, and add the topping right before serving.

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    November 15, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I tried this and the flavor was good but it was to dry.

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      November 17, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      It certainly doesn’t have as much “soup / sauce” as a standard green bean casserole as we use more beans. You can cut back on the amount of beans if you’d like or add another can of soup. (If you add more soup, I would suggest adding a bit more cheese and a pinch of salt to your preference.)

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    Cynthia Farrell
    December 25, 2018 at 10:55 am

    This site is the most difficult to view I have seen in a long while! There are constant adverts, flashing signs, and other distractions that make it very difficult to simply read a recipe. Recipe looks great, and I will try it, but I will not be back for more recipes. Sorry.

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      December 28, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you for the feedback. I logged on to that page and you are right, there was a lot going on (I had too many seasonal pop-ups going with the video and the advertising.) I am always looking for ways to make our website more user friendly and I appreciate you taking the time to let me know. We will work on immediate improvements.

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