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Green beans are a very popular side dish for lunches and dinners, especially in the holiday season.
The amount of green beans you serve depends on the type of meal you are serving they are popular with turkey, mashed potato, and gravy.
If you’re hosting a party or having a potluck, you can prepare green bean casserole ahead of time and reheat it to keep it warm on your stovetop or in your oven until everyone is ready to eat.
You can also make this recipe with frozen green beans that have been thawed first. Just be sure not to overcook them.
See our table below with the exact quantities of green beans per person you need to serve 10, 20, 50, and 100 people.
See our Cooking for Big Groups resource page, plus how much mashed potato to serve with green beans at Christmas dinner for 10-100 people, and how much stuffing to serve per person?
You might also be interested in how many chicken wings you need for 50 people.
An Exact Chart and Table of How much Green Beans Per Person
How Many Green Beans For 10 People
- To feed 10 guests you will need 40 oz or 2.5 lb of green beans
How Many Cans of Green Beans Do You Need to Feed 10 People?
- 3 small cans of beans
- ½ Large can of bean
How many cups of green beans for 10 people – you need 5 cups
How Many Green Beans For 20 People
- To feed 20 guests you will need 80 oz or 5 lb of green beans
How Many Cans of Green Beans Do You Need to Feed 20 People?
- 6 small cans of beans
- 1 Large can of beans
How many cups of green beans for 20 people – you need 10 cups
How Many Green Beans For 40 People
- To feed 20 guests you will need 160 oz or 10 lb of green beans
How Many Cans of Green Beans Do You Need to Feed 40 People?
- 12 small cans of beans
- 2 Large cans of beans
How many cups of green beans for 40 people – you need 20 cups
How Many Green Beans For 100 People
- To feed 100 guests you will need 25 lb of green beans
How Many Cans of Green Beans Do You Need to Feed 100 People?
- 30 small cans of beans
- 5 Large cans of beans
How many cups of green beans for 100 people – you need 50 cups
How Many Green Beans Servings Per Can
A Large Can of Beans is How Many Oz?
Walmart Costco and bulk supermarkets sell large cans of beans. They are known as a #10 and are typically 101 oz or approximately 6 ½ lbs.
The smaller can size usually holds about 15 oz of beans.
How to Calculate The Serving Size Of Green Beans?
- Green Beans at a Buffet-Style Requires Bigger Portions – add 10%
- Thanksgiving Dinner Portion Planner – use the above table.
- BBQ – decrease by 10% the green bean serving size
When serving canned green beans at a party, keep in mind whether any other sides are being served.
How Many Tablespoons Of Green Beans Per Person – Serve 5 tablespoons of canned green beans per guest.
How many servings of green beans do 5 lbs make? 5lb of green beans will feed 20 guests
How many lbs of green beans do you need for 50 people
7lbs of beans will feed 50 people.
How many servings is a pound of green beans?
1 pound will serve 4 people.
How much is a serving of green beans
4 oz of beans makes a good serving.
Can you make Green Beans Ahead of time?
Can you prep green beans ahead of time? – yes you can make them up to 3 days in advance. Cook the beans – just past parboiling. The beans should be firm and crisp to bite. Then place them in cold water or even a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
Cover so that they are air-tight – plastic wrap is good. Store in the refrigerator for 3 days.
All in all, this is an easy side dish to prepare. It’s also very versatile. You can change it up with different seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, pepper, etc. They also can be served with pulled pork when you have a crowd of family over for dinner.
If you want to serve it on Christmas Day, then you would increase the portion size slightly.
Other beans to consider are Pinto or Cannellini Beans