Slow Cooker Beans and Ham
My mother-in-law was born and raised down South so my husband was raised on delicious Southern cooking. One of his favorite dishes that his mom used to make was Beans and Ham. Being a Northerner and not being raised on them, I wasn’t a big fan. I felt there was something missing in the flavor profile and recently set out to figure out how to change that. With a little internet searching for tips, I came up with a recipe that is full of flavor and makes the whole family happy. The bonus is that this Beans and Ham recipe is cooked in the slow cooker, so I can fix it and forget about it until the family is begging me to serve dinner. That is after I have made them a batch or two of cornbread to go with it. Yes, moving to Tennessee last year is slowly changing this Northern girl into a Southern cook.
This Slow Cooker Beans and Ham recipe is super simple and has minimal ingredients so you can get it into the slow cooker quickly in the morning and then go about your day. I will warn you that it will smell delicious so if you are at home, while it is cooking, be prepared for a grumbling stomach that is waiting to taste the tantalizing goodness.
Slow Cooker Beans and Ham
This recipe makes a large amount so you will need to use a 6 QT or larger Slow Cooker/Crock Pot.
2 pounds (32 oz bag) of dry mixed beans (Pinto beans and Northern Beans)
12 cups of chicken broth (Don’t waste your money on store bought make your own with soup/broth base and water.)
2-3 pounds ham,cut into chunks
Sort through the beans to make sure there are not any rocks or odd looking beans. R
Rinse and place beans in the slow cooker.
Place the ham on top of the beans and then pour in the chicken broth.
Cook on low for 12 hours (high for 8 hours), and/or until the beans are tender.
Shred the ham to distribute it among the beans.
Serve with cornbread.
Another great thing about this recipe is that you do not need to buy a ham to make it. It is the perfect way to use up leftover ham from the holidays. Depending on the size of your family there will be leftovers which heat up nicely the next day and taste even better.
Does your family like Beans and Ham? What are your favorite tips for preparing this delicious meal that fills you up?
- 2 pounds (32 oz bag) of dry mixed beans (Pinto beans and Northern Beans)
- 12 cups of chicken broth (Don't waste your money on store bought make your own with soup/broth base and water.)
- 2-3 pounds ham,cut into chunks
- Sort through the beans to make sure there are not any rocks or odd looking beans.
- Rinse and place beans in the slow cooker.
- Place the ham on top of the beans and then pour in the chicken broth.
- Cook on low for 12 hours (high for 8 hours), and/or until the beans are tender.
- Shred the ham to distribute it among the beans.
- Serve with cornbread.
Speed up the cooking process by pre-soaking the beans the night before.
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