This is an update on a classic! Creamy Chorizo Sausage and Green Bean Casserole is super easy to make and absolutely delicious! You can also make this ahead and simply reheat for an easy side dish.
Now THIS is a side dish everyone can get behind! Creamy Chorizo Sausage and Green Bean Casserole – because Chorizo makes everything taste better! It has super easy homemade creamy sauce that is slightly smokey from the chorizo. The mushrooms give earthy flavor and that familiar green bean casserole flavor. This recipe is savory, smokey, hearty, and oh-so-yummy!
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AN UPDATE ON A CLASSIC
I grew up with the traditional mushroom-soup-in-a-can-based Green Bean Casserole and I love it! However, my husband and his family? Not so much! So, I decided to come up with a new recipe that everyone will love! Enter CHORIZO, which is typically pork meat flavored with paprika. It adds such a great flavor and texture to this dish and a little goes a long way. And just like that, this Chorizo Sausage Green Bean Casserole was born. It’s fresher, has more texture, and has more depth of flavor.
Sides can often be steamed broccoli in my house. But special occasions, such as Thanksgiving, obviously need special sides. Here are some of my other favorite side dishes!
- Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
- Roasted Garlic & Cauliflower Mash
- Cumin Roasted Carrots with Avocado Crema
- Super Cheesy Cauliflower Rice
- Mushroom Quinoa Risotto
- Creamy Parmesan Polenta
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NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED
You need a frying pan or skillet plus a casserole dish. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning. Then I transfer to a large casserole dish that’s approximately 10×10, 12×12, 10×13 or similar.
You could also make this in the oven in a dutch oven starting on the stove and then transfer it to the oven.
SAVE TIME! PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR THIS SAUSAGE AND GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)
To get ahead on this recipe, you can prep these ingredients up to 4 days in advance!
Slice your mushrooms and slice the scallions. If your Chorizo is precooked, you can also peel off the casing and break apart the sausage into bite-size pieces. Store everything separately in the fridge until ready to cook.
COOK YOUR GREEN BEANS AND MUSHROOMS
To cook this recipe, you will start on the stove and then transfer everything to a casserole dish into the oven.
You could also make this recipe in a dutch oven on the stove, then add the green beans, mix, and move it to the oven to bake.
Preheat frying pan to high heat and cook the chorizo for 4-minutes to start rendering out the fat. Add the sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper. Then add the scallions and stir. Stir in the flour until everything is coated and the flour is all moistened.
Add 1 cup of the broth and stir until you have a very thick mixture. Then mix in the second cup of broth and the milk. Bring back up to a simmer stirring frequently as it thickens.
Pour over the green beans in the casserole pan. Bake 400 F degrees for 20 minutes.
What kind of Chorizo to get?
You want to look for Spanish Chorizo that has lots of delicious and smokey-flavored paprika. Of course, if you prefer another variety, you can get that instead. You can also swap with Bacon!
I find that the precooked variety are the easiest Chorizo to find and they are typically in the deli section. Sometimes you can find raw Chorizo sausage in the meat section.
Can I use a different kind of sausage?
Yes, you can use any preferred sausage. Sweet Italian Sausage is a delicious mild alternative and Andouille is a spicy cajun option. If you go with fresh/raw Italian Sausage, just make sure to cook it through in Step #2.
How far in advance can I make this to save time later?
You can cook these Green Beans and Mushrooms with Chorizo up to 3 days in advance and reheat them before cooking. To reheat, you can place the casserole dish in a 350 F degree oven covered for 20-25 minutes until heated through.
Can this recipe be frozen?
You can freeze these after it’s cooked. However, beware that the beans will likely get a bit mushy once they thaw and are reheated. You will want to chill it in the fridge and then seal it in an airtight container in the freezer. It can be stored in the freezer up to 4 months. To reheat, you can thaw it and then place the casserole dish in a 350 F degree oven covered for 20-25 minutes until heated through.
ENJOY! 😍 Carrie
Chorizo Sausage and Green Bean Casserole
Now THIS is a side dish everyone can get behind! Creamy Chorizo Sausage and Green Bean Casserole – because Chorizo makes everything taste better! This recipe is creamy and savory. It's smokey from the chorizo and earthy from the mushrooms. It's hearty, and oh-so-yummy! It's my new version of a Thanksgiving green bean casserole and it's fresher, has more texture, and has more depth of flavor. It can also be entirely prepped ahead to save time and then quickly baked right before serving.
- 6 ounces Spanish Chorizo, precooked links
- 24 ounces Fresh Green Beans
- 10 ounces White Button Mushrooms
- 3 Scallions
- 1/4 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Chicken Broth (or vegetable broth or stock)
- 1 cup Milk (I used 1% milk)
Prep Ahead Steps
Clean beans and snip ends
Peel skin off cooked chorizo lniks and break up sausage into pan
slice the scallions and the mushrooms
Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
Preheat frying pan to high heat and cook the chorizo for 4-minutes to start rendering out the fat. Add the sliced mushrooms and 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Cook for 5 minutes. Add a teaspoon of olive oil if the pan is too dry. Next, add the scallions and stir.
Stir in the flour until everything is coated and the flour is all moistened. Add 1 cup of the broth and stir until you have a very thick mixture. Then mix in the second cup of broth and the milk. Bring back up to a simmer stirring frequently as it thickens.
Pour over the green beans in the casserole pan and stir to combine. Bake in the oven uncovered for 20 minutes.