Our Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipe of All Time

This 4-ingredient dish deserves a spot on your table.

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Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Looking to crowd-source your menu this Thanksgiving? We've dug deep into our database of 100k+ recipes and over-25-year history to find the best of the best of our Thanksgiving recipes here on Allrecipes. In that research we discovered our most saved recipe last year—a comforting corn casserole—as well as our most clicked recipe last year—a positively perfect pumpkin pie. Well, what about our most popular Thanksgiving recipe of all time? It may just surprise you—it certainly surprised us!

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Allrecipes' Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipe of All Time

Without further ado, the recipe sitting at top spot is none other than our Best Green Bean Casserole. Now, green bean casserole on Thanksgiving is nothing revolutionary, but it has seemingly fallen out of favor a bit in the last few years—it came in fifth place in Campbell's poll of America's favorite side dishes. But there are many, many reasons to love this recipe.

Recipe author Jan writes, "A green bean casserole makes the Thanksgiving holiday complete, and this version can be on the table in no time at all thanks to just four ingredients from your pantry or fridge." That's right—it takes just four ingredients, yet tastes rich, complex, and like so much more than a sum of its parts.

All you need is canned green beans, condensed cream of mushroom soup, French-fried onions, and shredded Cheddar cheese. So why is this dish so popular, you ask? We have a theory and it's one word: nostalgia.

Green Bean Casserole is a dish that feels quintessentially retro, but in the best way. It instantly hits with a comforting dose of nostalgia that takes you right back to grandma's table. Community member BBQ Dad writes, "Made it for Thanksgiving today, used French-style beans, 'cause that's how I remember it as a kid, and it was a perfect blast from the past."

Much like canned cranberry sauce and butter turkeys, it just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving without a French-fried onion-topped green bean casserole on the table. It's hard to mess up, easily made ahead of time, and just so darn easy, making it a no-brainer for your Thanksgiving menu. And thousands of Allrecipes community members agree year after year: This has more 800 5-star ratings and 700 reviews. Among them? Gems like this:

"This has been my family's go to recipe for 40 years!" -Luci Herron Ismert

"Made an account just to say this is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted in my life. Swear I’ve made this 6-8 times in the last month." -Azeem Shabbir

"My other half is a Green Bean Casserole snob and he has asked that I make this dish on a regular basis and no other. So big win!" -Linno

In our green bean casserole taste test this year, our taster noted this was the "absolute easiest" recipe of the bunch, writing, "Salty, cheesy, and exceptionally easy: This 4-ingredient casserole gets rave reviews for a reason. I was surprised by how much I liked the canned green beans, and the use of shredded yellow cheddar cheese makes it all look just as good as it tastes."

<p>Cynthia Ross</p>

Cynthia Ross

Ways to Make Green Bean Casserole Taste Even Better

Even with all those positive reviews, there are ways to customize this casserole to your taste preferences. Swap in frozen or fresh green beans for canned, crispy jalapeño pieces for French-fried onions, or use a stronger cheese like Gruyère in place of the Cheddar. Some reviewers note adding chopped, cooked bacon (or bacon bits) for a smoky twist. A few dashes of soy sauce go a long way to add umami to the base of the casserole, too.

No matter how you make it, there's no denying it: Our most popular Thanksgiving recipe of all time has undoubtedly earned its place on your Turkey Day spread.

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