30 Recipes That Make Canned Green Beans Taste Great (2024)

Canned green beans are great to keep on hand for nutritious meals, but they can leave more to be desired. Doctor them up with one of these top-rated canned green bean recipes, including hearty soups, casseroles, simple side dishes, and more. Here are 30 ways to use that can of green beans sitting in your pantry right now.

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Jamie's Minestrone

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This veggie-forward soup combines onions, celery, carrots, canned kidney beans, canned green beans, spinach, and zucchini. Top it all off with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil and serve with crusty bread.

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Garlic Green Beans

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If you're looking to doctor up your beans with a few simple ingredients, look no further than this 5-ingredient recipe. A whole head of garlic adds intense flavor to two cans of green beans.

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Best Green Bean Casserole

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This casserole is definitely in the Thanksgiving hall of fame (it has over 750 5-star ratings), but don't limit your enjoyment to just the holiday season. The best part? It only calls for four ingredients — three of which come from a can.

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Three Bean Salad

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Looking for the perfect last-minute potluck addition? Put that can of green beans to use in this cold salad that should be made ahead of time and refrigerated to allow the flavors to meld.

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Ground Beef Vegetable Soup

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This budget-friendly soup is a great way to sneak in some vegetables among all that savory beef and tasty broth. "My husband who is afraid of vegetables ate this up fast!" says reviewer BETTYWANNABE.

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Venison Italian Soup

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Here's another meat and vegetable soup similar to the previous recipe, but with venison instead of beef. "Served with mozzarella-garlic bread, makes a great meal on a cold winter day," says recipe creator Joelene Craver.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

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These sweet and savory baked beans are loaded with all different types of canned beans, including wax beans, green beans, lima beans, black beans, barbeque baked beans, and chili beans, as well as pork sausage.

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Grandma Carlson's Turkey Pot Pie

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If you have leftover ingredients from Thanksgiving, including canned green beans, package them up in this pot pie with a buttery, flaky crust.

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Sweet Italian Green Beans

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What better way to dress up canned green beans than with bacon, green onions, garlic, tomatoes, brown sugar, and herbs? "The flavor is much more complex than one would expect from the rather simple ingredient list," says reviewer Grant L.

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Hobo Beef and Vegetable Soup

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"My grandma called this soup Hobo Soup," says recipe creator Amanda Combs. "She said it was something they made way back when, out of whatever they had available in their garden and shelves." This slow cooker recipe can feed a family of six, but it can easily be scaled up or down.

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Marinated Salad

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A variety of canned vegetables and pantry ingredients make up this cold marinated salad that's perfect for summer picnics and cookouts.

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Green Bean Bundles II

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You only need two additional ingredients to transform boring canned green beans into an impressive appetizer: Italian-style dressing and bacon.

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Mom's Portuguese Beef Stew

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"Probably the best beef stew I have ever made," says reviewer Werpnt of this hearty dish loaded with vegetables and beef stew meat.

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Ultimate All in One Chicken Dinner

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This one-pan dinner uses many ingredients you likely already have on hand. Chicken and vegetables are simmered in a flavorful seasoned broth.

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Country Style Green Beans with Red Potatoes

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An unusual ingredient is the key to this down-home side dish: "These green beans and potatoes are a spectacular dish. I have been making them for years in large quantities for special events at my church. The smoked turkey tails make an excellent broth that is seasoned beyond words," says recipe creator FAYE2696.

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Fabulous Hot Five Bean Salad

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Unlike your usual bean salad, this dish is served hot and made with black beans, kidney beans, green beans, wax beans, and garbanzo beans. Reviewer MICHELLEORNDORFF says, "I made this for my family's Christmas dinner and it really went fast."

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Puerto Rican Shepherd Pie (Pastelon)

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This casserole has many flavors and ingredients common to Latin cuisine, including sazon seasoning, adobo seasoning, and plantains.

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Maryanne's Pasta Primavera

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This rich and creamy pasta dish helps to curb the bitterness of the Brussels sprouts. You can easily adapt this recipe to whatever ingredients you have on hand.

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Bacon and Almond Green Bean Casserole

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Looking for a different take on the usual green bean casserole? The addition of bacon and almonds make this a side dish to remember.

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Cheddar Bratwurst Stew

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Bratwurst sausages, green beans, bell peppers, potatoes, and Cheddar cheese make up this creamy and delicious stew. Reviewer Ruth Carman-Essere describes it as an, "Excellent soup for a wintery evening."

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Herbed Chicken Shepherd's Pie

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Here's a variation of a classic comfort food. This shepherd's pie is made with a foundation of green beans, chicken, herbs, a creamy sauce, and mashed potatoes.

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Shoe Peg Salad

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This refreshing summer salad can be served on its own as a side dish or used as relish. Reviewer DSAPP7385 says, "This salad was excellent and loved by all at our church picnic...It was a hit and very economical."

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Creamy Green Bean Casserole

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A few simple ingredient swaps make this a different take on the standard green bean casserole: Cream of celery soup is used in place of cream of mushroom soup, buttery crackers are used in place of French-fried onions, and corn is added to the mix.

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Grandma's Sweet and Tangy Bean Salad

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If you prefer your bean salad with a bit more crunchiness to it, this recipe features cucumbers, green peppers, onions, and celery!

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Lumpia

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Lumpia are Filipino spring rolls loaded with vegetables and spices. "I did make it for a potluck at my office and everyone just LOVED it!" says reviewer MAJULIAN.

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Grandma's Meat and Tater Hotdish

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This casserole is made of layers of green beans, beef, onions, cheese, and frozen potato nuggets (such as Tater Tots). It's all topped off with a creamy sauce for a serious comfort food dish.

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Hot and Spicy Green Beans with Tomato

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Canned green beans, diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and garlic salt are sautéed together to make a simple-yet-healthy side. You can also cook this recipe in the microwave according to recipe creator Cattastroficka.

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Easy Green Beans with Cream Cheese

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Butter, cream cheese, salt, and pepper make green beans appetizing to even the pickiest of eaters.

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Instant Pot Southern-Style Green Beans from a Can

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Canned green beans are cooked in the Instant Pot along with bacon, onion, cider vinegar, and daikon. "On holidays growing up we would often have green beans and turnips because there were already so many other potato dishes on the table and this recipe reminded me of that," says Allrecipes Allstar Soup Loving Nicole.

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Easy Canned Green Beans, Mushrooms, and Bacon

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Save your bacon drippings for flavoring the green beans in this simple recipe — a combination of canned green beans, mushrooms, and crumbled bacon.

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