Pepper Jack Green Bean Casserole

I originally published this recipe in 2012 at our very first Friendsgiving we shared on this blog. This is still the go-to green bean casserole I make again and again.

Although it’s maybe a little different from some versions, it’s a classic. We also created a Thanksgiving Guide to help you plan out your entire Thanksgiving if you’re hosting!

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I’ve left the original photo that showcases how to make this recipe in ramekins, but I’ve added some updated photos as well.

This gave me an excuse to make this recipe again, which my husband and I ate with some baked chicken one random Tuesday night (and it felt like a mini holiday). 

Best green bean casseroleFor a long time, I didn’t like green bean casserole. To me, it was usually too mushy in texture. I also thought it was sort of a weird pairing: green beans with creamy soup (if you make it with condensed soup, that is). But the first time I ever made it, I used fresh green beans—and my opinion changed. Forever.

Homemade green bean casserole 

This green bean casserole is made with pepper jack cheese. This adds a little more creaminess, along with some spice. I love it paired with the crunch of French fried onions

Other Side Dish Options:
Green Bean Macaroni Casserole
Chicken and Rise Casserole
Stuffing Topped Baked Mac & Cheese
Cauliflower Au Gratin
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

You can make this ahead of time by following the recipe below up until you bake it. Stop there, cover, and then refrigerate the casserole until you are getting ready for your meal. Then, bake and top the casserole with the extra French fried onions (at the end of the bake time). 

I also think this casserole makes great leftovers the next day, just warmed up in the microwave. But that’s probably one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving—the leftovers the next day!

If you make this green bean casserole recipe, let us know what you think in the comments! Happy holidays, friends. xo. Emma

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Pepper Jack Green Bean Casserole

An easy green bean casserole with pepper jack cheese
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, green bean, green bean casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 ramekins or one 8×8 casserole pan
Calories 159kcal
Author Emma Chapman


  • 2 pounds green beans fresh
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • ½ onion yellow
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour all-purpose
  • 1 ½ cups milk whole
  • 2 cups stock chicken or vegetable
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese
  • 1 package French fried onions
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Remove the ends of the green beans and chop into 1-inch pieces. 
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the green beans until just tender. Remove from water and allow to cool (keep in mind they will continue to cook a little more). If they are already as soft as you prefer, you can add them to an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. 
  • In a small pot, saute the chopped mushrooms and onions in the olive oil over medium heat until the onions have softened. Set aside.
  • In a pot, melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk to combine. Allow this to cook/bubble for 2 minutes. 
  • Now, add the milk and broth. Stir to combine. Add in the cheese. Season with a little salt and pepper if needed. 
  • Now add in the green beans, onion/mushroom mixture and stir so every bean is coated. Then stir in half the French fried onions.
  • Pour this mixture into ramekins or your square baking dish.
  • Bake at 350°F for 28-30 minutes. Top with the remaining French fried onions during the last 5-8 minutes of cooking.


Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1115IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 1mg
  • My husband always said he hated green bean casserole. But I’ve been making this for Thanksgiving for the past several years (and sometimes in between!), and it’s a big hit with him and our 5 boys. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  • I have made this for two Thanksgiving dinners and the recipe on the blog is always very runny. Add an extra 8 tablespoons of flour or more as well as double the cheese and its turns out great. As explained on the blog, though, it is much too runny to be good.

  • Thanks Emma! I will def. try less stock next time. Regardless it was delish and a hit at the company potluck. You and Elsie are my daily muses <3 Thank for bringing beauty and inspiration back into my life 🙂

  • Sheli La Mont- Hmmm… it is very liquid before you bake it. But as you bake it lots of the liquid bakes out or is absorbed by the green beans. You might check your measurements again? Or you can always just use less stock. Good luck!

  • I made this for Thanksgiving! Very yummy! Thanks for the recipe. It tasted fresh and decadent.

  • thanks so much for this recipe! i love love love green bean casserole and this recipe just blew my old one out of the water! i made it for my family on thanksgiving and it was a def. crowd pleaser! thanks so much!

  • Emma this looks amazing, but do you have a recommendation for a gluten free topping other than the onions? Will it work without them??

  • I’ve just tried this out and it’s so yummy! I’ve used oyster mushroom for some extra health power and since you can’t buy true pepper jack in my country I used some kind of cheese with black and green peppers and chilli peppers. All the dish was warm, spicy and very satisfying. Thanks for the recipe! Greatings from the Czech republic!

  • This looks SO yummy! I’ve not seen a green bean casserole before. Definitly something I will give a go 🙂

  • We made this for our Friendsgiving last night! Will blog about it soon! Thanks Emma!

  • Jaqi, I got it from a couple seasons ago. Also, I’m wearing an apron from Anthropologie. XOXO

  • hey while the cassarole sounds great.. im more interested in your outfit! where did you get that lace top???

  • Ooo I can’t wait to try this.

    I grew up here in California eating grilled chicken, veggies and salads and mexican and asian dishes, though not strictly a healthy eater and definitely not a vegetarian, believing a meal wasn’t quite a meal without some veggies. I didn’t realize this was a “California” way of eating until I married a man raised in Utah, fed on a steady diet of midcentury style one-dish strictly meals and condensed soup casseroles. I’m not saying that’s necessarily bad, but every time I think “oo, they like _____ casserole made that way, wait til they try it with REAL ___.” and then no one likes mine ‘cuz they want what they’re used to (like my whole wheat mac and cheese casserole with a surprise layer of spinich–I promise it was still super cheesy and tasty)! I learned the hard way that they don’t WANT real mashed potatoes topping their shepard’s pie! I agree with you though– why ever use mushy canned stuff when there’s a choice??? I’m going to make this green bean casserole and be the only one who appreciates it, but I’ll quietly know (in a smug, self righteous way) that I’m right! This looks sooooo much better than that mushy ol Campbell’s stuff!!!! More for me 🙂

  • Yummy! Looks so delicious, I will have to try this out!


  • Looks delicious! Going to have to try this!

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  • Wow! they look delicious! 🙂

  • I wonder if this would get my boyfriend to eat green beans. Probably not, but it is worth a try.

  • This looks delicious, I love any kind of (vegetarian) casserole. Great inspiration!

  • Love that you put these in individual ramekins! Sounds delicious!
    xo eden

  • Yum! I’me getting more and more into cooking each time I see yours x

  • I am a huge fan of casseroles so I’m definitely going to have this one!!!!!

    Ps. Check out my Dad’s famous Rice Bean casserole recipe, it’s such a time saver and it’s SO yummy!

  • I have never tried anything like that (seems a bit weird to me), but it looks so nice and you praised it well enough to convince me that it worths giving it a try!!!

  • green bean dish has always been one of my very favorites – what a great twist. looks delicious.

  • this actually sounds good …. compared to the usual boring “mushy” casseroles!


  • Mushy it right! Nothing compares to homemade green bean casserole prepared with fresh beans! So yummy. I have a recipe for “The World’s Greatest Green Bean Casserole”. And it really is, but I think even it could benefit from some spice. Thanks for the idea. Looks like we will be kicking Thanksgiving up a notch!

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  • It looks so tasty, but I chuckled since the first thing I noticed wasn’t the food, but the apron. Antropologie? Pretty sure my two and a half year old daughter has the same one. It’s a great apron! Now if I could just get her to cook me casserole 🙂

  • The green bean casserole was always my job to make growing up! I love it so. However, once I started making my own fried onions, it definitely stepped up the flavor. Of course, I have to fry like three whole onions worth because no one can keep their hands off them!

  • This sounds so good! I’m not really a fan of green bean casserole, either, even though I actually love green beans. Gonna definitely give this a try soon!

  • It looks delicious!!! will try them out!!


  • as i was reading this blog post, i found myself saying ‘yes’ ‘me too’ ‘uh huh’. so making this!

  • this looks awesome!! i love green bean casserole and i LOVE spicy, too! yummm. did you make your own french fried onions?

  • This is a fabulous recipe, very close to my mother’s recipe. She had two differences: 1) she used cream instead of whole milk 2) she used 1/2 to 1 cup of Burgundy and then the remainder of the liquid was either beef broth or chicken broth depending on whether she was serving it with beef or poultry.

  • We love green bean casserole and pepper jack cheese! What an incredible pairing! Thank you

  • Wow. Like always looks yummy.. For that reason I like your blog. Have a great day.

  • This makes me so hungry! I love the blouse in the photo, by the way. Stunning taste as always

  • Perfect vegetarian dish for my Thanksgiving, love this! xo

  • Yummy! I will try!

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  • I want to make this kinds…right now! Looks (and sounds) just incredible!

  • What a sweet look to have this baked in ramekins! And the recipe looks so good, I definitely like the idea of fresh green beans as opposed to canned.

  • Looks delish.

    Random: your recipes are great but I find them hard to read when you list ingredients. I much prefer when recipes are laid out in a “real” recipe format (a column of ingredients, with one per line), because that’s a lot easier to follow.

    Just my two cents. Keep on keeping on.

  • I love the idea of using small ramekins…I never like green bean casserole before either, but I love greenbeans. Maybe I’ll have to give this one a try 🙂

    xx Ashleigh

  • LOVE the apron AND the blouse. Where did you get them!? So cute! And this looks so yummy! I’ll have to try it!

  • This looks gorgeously delicious!! And I must say, your lips in this picture are perfection. Everything’s lovely. Have a lovely weekend. xx. Lou.

  • Everything is always better when it’s fresh. I like green bean casserole well enough, but this sounds like green bean casserole 2.0!

    • Fyi, still my go-to recipe for green bean casserole every single thanksgiving. My family insists I make it.

  • This sounds so good! I am a fan of your ordinary green bean casserole, like a lot! But This sounds… decedent! For sure! I must try this! Pinning now!

  • oh yummy! I’m totally on a green bean kick, and I love that this is made with pepper jack. So good!
    Thanks Emma!

  • How yummy! Perfect for my upcoming friendsgiving. Thanks for sharing Emma!


  • mmmmm!this look delicious!yummy!!!im going to try this on the weekend!thank you so much for sharing xxxx

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