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This green bean casserole is a quick, easy, and delicious side dish to serve on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day or any time of the year.

(Last Updated On: January 9, 2024)

We are going to spice up two cans of plain green beans with our favorite hot and spicy green bean casserole recipe. Green bean casserole is a delicious side dish you can add to just about any meal. The crispy fried onions baked on top give this dish extra flavor with a little bit of crunch in every bite.

It’s a quick and simple green bean casserole made in one baking dish. It can be served any time of year, but it is especially popular during Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner when served alongside roasted turkey breastSouthern cornbread dressingmashed potatoes, and gravy.

Spicy green bean casserole on a plate.

Our green bean casserole recipe is a spin-off of the Campbell’s® version of green bean casserole. However, our recipe adds a few extra seasonings to spice it up. For example, we add cayenne pepper, bold creole seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce, which makes it extra hot and deliciously spicy!

If you want more hot flavor, you can add more than 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper that this recipe calls for. But for those of you who don’t like hot flavored food, add less cayenne pepper, or none at all. When my son-in-law makes this classic green bean casserole side dish, he makes two pans, one hot and spicy, and one not.

🍴 Key Ingredients

Ingredients for spicy green bean casserole.
Ingredients for spicy green bean casserole.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Spicy Green Bean Casserole (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)

Step 1. Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to the fact that all ovens can vary in temperature, please keep an eye on this green bean casserole while it is baking in your oven.

Step 2. Prepare the Cream Sauce

In a loaf pan (or a small casserole dish of the same size), stir 1 cup of milk together with 1 can of cream of mushroom soup until well blended into a cream sauce.

Note: If you prefer, you can mix the milk and can of cream of mushroom soup in a separate bowl, then transfer it to a loaf pan.

Loaf pan with milk and cream of mushroom soup.
Loaf pan with milk and cream of mushroom soup.

Step 3. Add the Seasonings

Then, add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of bold creole seasoning, and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce together with the cream sauce mixture (the milk and cream of mushroom soup). Stir until well blended.

Tip: Cayenne pepper is hot, so if you like really hot, add more cayenne pepper at this time, and if you like a little less hot, add less, and if you don’t like hot at all, don’t add any cayenne pepper.

Cayenne pepper, bold creole seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, milk, and cream of mushroom soup in a loaf pan.
Cayenne pepper, bold creole seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, milk, and cream of mushroom soup in a loaf pan.

Step 4. Add the Green Beans And Fried Onions

Drain the liquid from the 2 cans of green beans. Then add the green beans together with the cream sauce and the seasonings we just added to the loaf pan. After that, give the green bean mixture a good stir.

Green beans are added to the loaf pan.
Green beans are added to the loaf pan.

Step 5. Add a Few Crispy Fried Onions then Bake

Add 1/3 cup of crispy fried onions together with the green beans and cream sauce mixture. Stir the mixture together, then put the loaf pan in the oven using a pair of heat-resistant oven mitts. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

Fried onions are added to the loaf pan. Bake at three hundred and fifty degrees Fahrenheit for twenty-five minutes.
Fried onions are added to the loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

Step 6. Bake for 5 More Minutes

After 25 minutes of baking, remove the loaf pan from the oven using the heat-resistant oven mitts. Then, scatter more crispy fried onions on the top of the green bean mixture to make an even layer on top. Do not stir. After that, put the loaf pan back into the oven using the heat-resistant oven mitts, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, remove the green bean casserole from the oven with the heat-resistant oven mitts. The crispy onions on top will be a golden brown color.

More fried onions are added to the loaf pan. Bake five more minutes.
More fried onions are added to the loaf pan. Bake five more minutes.

⭐️ Recipe Variations

  • Add any of your favorite seasonings, spices, or herbs to this classic dish, for example, ground black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, or cut up garlic cloves.
  • Sprinkle some red pepper flakes on your serving, but easy does it because they are super hot.
  • Toss on some bacon bits during the last five minutes of baking time.
  • You can use fresh green beans, but the baking time will need to be increased in order for the fresh beans to become tender green beans. Or you can steam them first on the stove to tender them up.
  • Add a few fresh mushrooms to the mix before baking.
Spicy green bean casserole in a loaf pan.
Spicy green bean casserole in a loaf pan.

☝️ FAQs

What do I do with Leftover Spicy Green Bean Casserole?

Put the leftover spicy green bean casserole in an airtight container or put plastic wrap over the cooled loaf pan and place it in the refrigerator. The next day we reheat the leftovers in the microwave, oven, or toaster oven.

How Long can Spicy Green Bean Casserole Last?

This spicy green bean casserole can last in the refrigerator for about three or four days. After that, it will start to lose it quality, texture, and become slightly runny. Eat it up before that happens.

A plate of spicy green bean casserole.
A plate of spicy green bean casserole.

✏️ Final Thoughts

This recipe has been a family tradition of ours for many years now. We make it every holiday season for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This homemade green bean casserole, with its layers of flavor and delicious sauce, tastes as good as it looks, and we cannot make it through the winter holidays without it!

We especially love the creamy green beans that are smothered in the great flavor of the spices. The fried onions baked on top make it all the more crispy, crunchy, and extra tasty!

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Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Spicy Green Bean Casserole

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This green bean casserole is a quick, easy, and delicious side dish to serve on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day or any time of the year.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $5
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings 5

🫕 Equipment

🧂 Ingredients
  

👩‍🍳 Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a loaf pan, mix the milk and cream of mushroom soup.
  • Mix the cayenne pepper, bold creole seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce with the milk and cream of mushroom soup.
  • Add the green beans to the milk and soup mixture.
  • Mix part of the fried onions to the green bean mixture in the loaf pan. Stir. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes of baking, take the green bean casserole out of the oven and sprinkle a few more fried onions on top of the green bean mixture. Bake for another 5 minutes.

*️⃣ Recipe Notes

  • Cayenne pepper is hot, so if you like really hot food, add more cayenne pepper to this recipe, and if you don’t like hot at all, don’t add any cayenne pepper.
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Our family loves side dishes that go well with main entrées. Here are a few we would like to share with you, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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  • Buttered cauliflower – Only three ingredients to make this delicious side dish – cauliflower, unsalted butter, and ground black pepper.

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