Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup

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I am so excited to have partnered with Hurst’s HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP® to bring you this belly warming recipe.  

Ham and Bean Soup is one of our all time favorite foods to come home to on a chilly day. This “no-soaking required” Ham and Bean soup takes just minutes to prepare and cooks effortlessly in your Crock Pot all day long! Dinner is ready when you are!Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect hearty meal to come home to on a chilly day. This "no-soaking required" and just minutes to prepare, this recipe cooks effortlessly in your Crock Pot all day long! Dinner is ready when you are!

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Slow Cooker Ham and Bean soup is the perfect family meal because everyone always loves it. There is nothing quite like coming home after a long chilly day to a hearty soup; it’s like a hug in a bowl!

Ham and Bean soup is just one of those comfort foods that warms you from the inside out. It’s deliciously healthy and loaded with flavor… and using a slow cooker makes it a total cinch to make with just a few minutes of prep and no soaking required! Not only is it easy, but this recipe makes a huge batch and it freezes beautifully. That means cook once, have two dinners and lunches all week… count me in!

This simple soup requires just a few ingredients, starting with Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®, onions and ham. They’re cooked in the slow cooker until tender creating the most delicious easy bean soup.

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Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup comes with a vegetable based seasoning packet that really takes this recipe to the next level. It has great flavor, the perfect amount of seasoning and a hint of smokiness. Adding the seasoning towards the end of cooking gives this soup an amazing flavor boost.

As with any dry beans, it’s best to add acidic ingredients (such as canned tomatoes or lemon juice) after the beans have softened as these ingredients can sometimes interfere with the rehydration process.

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect meal to come home to and easy to make. No soaking is required, just place your ingredients in the slow cooker and this recipe is effortless! Dinner is ready when you are!

If you happen to have a leftover ham bone from your holiday ham, THIS is the recipe you’re going to want to make with it.

If you don’t have a ham bone, don’t worry… ask your local butcher or deli for either ham bones (you can usually get them really inexpensively) or ham hocks. Our deli down the road sells ham hocks for just a few dollars each. If you don’t have either, leftover chopped ham works beautifully in this recipe too.

Hurst’s HamBeens are definitely my go to for quality and flavor and are easily found in the dry bean section of almost any grocery store (or you can order them online). Along with the beans, a seasoning packet is included in each package of 15 Bean Soup making it simple and perfectly seasoned every time!

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect meal to come home to and easy to make. No soaking is required, just place your ingredients in the slow cooker and this recipe is effortless! Dinner is ready when you are!

This soup comes out very thick and hearty, just the way we love it! If you prefer a thinner consistency, add one extra cup of broth or water to your slow cooker. And while soaking the beans in this recipe definitely is not required, if you have already soaked your beans, you can reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1 cup.

We love this Ham and Bean soup served right out of the Crock Pot with a big piece of cornbread but it’s delicious served over rice too! Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and Bean Soup is one of our all time favorite foods to come home to on a chilly day. This “no-soaking required” Ham and Bean soup takes just minutes to prepare and cooks effortlessly in your Crock Pot all day long! Dinner is ready when you are!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth (can sub water, beef, or vegetable broth for added flavor)
  • 1 leftover ham bone with meat (or ham hocks, diced ham or 1 lb. cooked sausage)
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 lemon , juiced

Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Rinse beans and drain. Sort any unwanted debris and set seasoning packet aside.
  2. Place beans, onions, ham bone, broth/water, garlic and chili powder in a 6qt slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high 5 hours (or low for 7-8) or until beans are tender.
  4. Once tender, remove the hambone (if used) and chop any meat left on the bone and add it back to the pot.
  5. Stir in diced tomatoes, Ham Flavor packet, and lemon juice.
  6. Cook for additional 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 301 Calories

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I am excited to have partnered with Hurst’s HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP® to bring you this belly warming recipe.  While I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect hearty meal to come home to on a chilly day. This
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect meal to come home to and easy to make. No soaking is required, just place your ingredients in the slow cooker and this recipe cooks effortlessly in your Crock Pot all day long! Dinner is ready when you are!
Crock Pot Ham and Bean soup is the perfect hearty meal to come home to on a chilly day. This
Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect meal to come home to and easy to make. No soaking is required, just place your ingredients in the slow cooker and this recipe is effortless! Dinner is ready when you are!

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198 comments on “Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup”

  1. I made it with cooked (Jimmy Dean) breakfast sausage last weekend. Cooked the crumbled sausage til it was crisp. Delicious.

  2. Hi Holly,

    Great recipe. I live in Canada and I’m not sure if we have the bean soup product, so I’m wondering what spices are in the packet. I can’t wait to make this!!

    • Hi Tracy! The seasoning packet can be replaced with bouillon cubes (your favorite flavor). If you ever get a chance to try the Hurst’s HamBeens, I’d highly recommend grabbing a couple of bags! They’re delicious. :)

  3. Would you know how to do this in a pressure cooker (electric)?

    • While I haven’t tried this recipe in the pressure cooker, I have cooked dried beans in the pressure cooker for about 25 minutes with great results. If you do cook this in your pressure cooker, please let us know how it works out for you!

    • Sara did you end up trying in your pressure cooker? Looking to try this in my insta pot

  4. I’ve been wanting to try that mix! LOVE this recipe and it looks so warm and comforting! <3

  5. Sounds so good. I want to try it.

  6. Love this

  7. Making it today! I accidentally added all ingredients right from the start… hopefully I didn’t ruin it!

  8. I know it says can of diced tomatoes but do you use the juice too

  9. Where do I purchase the ham seasoning packet?

    • The seasoning packet comes in the HamBeens 15 Bean Soup package.

      • What if you can’t find these beans ? Can you use different ones and what would you substitute. The favor package with ? Thank you

        • Most major US grocery stores carry Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup, you can double check in dry bean aisle. The seasoning packet can be replaced with bouillon cubes (your favorite flavor). If you ever get a chance to try the Hurst’s HamBeens, I’d highly recommend grabbing a couple of bags! They’re delicious.

      • I couldn’t find this brand in the store so I had to get Goya 16 bean mix. I don’t have the packet. How do I make it without? I see before you said cubes but that’s all that was suggested. Do I just drop in chicken cubes? How do I get the smoke

  10. So happy you made this even easier in a crock pot! I shared with my family and they will be using it too! I only use Hurst’s 15 bean soup. Put some on this morning! Thanks for the great,fast recipe!

  11. Any substitute for ham ?

    Thanks in advance

  12. Some beans carry a toxin in the skins and need a ‘good rolling boil’ for 10 minutes, before the commencement of any recipe. Kidney beans are definitely one of these with toxins, but I now treat all beans the same before use.

  13. Looks good! If I’m using sausage, do I add it with the beans at the beginning, or with the tomatoes at the end? I don’t want to over cook it!

  14. I grew up with my dad making soups with beans. Ever since I’ve loved making them myself. Thanks for this recipe. I can jazz up my own soups.

  15. It looks so good I am hungry now

  16. Do you have to use lemon juice or can you omit it?

  17. My beans weren’t done after 5 hours crockpot on high. Transferred to pot and now trying to boil until tender. Wish me luck!

    • Oh no Cassie! Did you add the tomatoes/lemon before the beans were softened? That can sometimes interfere with the rehydration process. If your slow cooker is older, you may also like to double check the temperature on it to make sure it’s still running at an optimal temperature.

    • I am having the same problem…and did make the mistake of adding tomatoes and lemon juice first thing. Did your beans ever soften?

  18. I’m really bummed. The beans didn’t soften for me at all with this recipe. I used the same bean mix the recipe calls for and they stayed hard. Any way to soften them up?

    • Oh no Cassie! Did you add the tomatoes/lemon before the beans were softened? That can sometimes interfere with the rehydration process. If your slow cooker is older, you may also like to double check the temperature on it to make sure it’s still running at an optimal temperature.

  19. Yum! I’m not a ham crazed person, but I don’t mind it much when it’s chopped into dishes. This soup has turned out great! Can’t wait till the family tries it out tonight!

  20. Might try this with left over turkey!!

  21. What kind of beans are there in the 15 Bean Soup? I live in Canada & we do not have the mix @ our supermarket & will have to mix my own.

  22. Great tasting, easy to make recipe.

  23. When using dried beans for this recipe, should you soak the beans first like most preparations call for? Thanks

  24. Those beans not available where I live. Can you tell me what spices are in packet so I can make up my own?

  25. A FaceBook friend forwarded this recipe to me. .Have it going now in the crock pot. Super Easy. And a great way to use up leftover ham from Christmas. It looks good so far!

  26. Accidentally grabbed Cajun hursts beans…I may add half the seasoning packet because I’m worried with me too hot. Ugh!!!!

  27. Made the soup yesterday. It is really good. I soaked the beans first and added celery and carrots. They just go in every soup I make.

  28. Revised: If u want a smokier flavor u can buy “liquid smoke”, a little goes a long way, a little would b a 1/2 teaspoon or less depends on how strong u like the taste of smoky flavor u like? I use liquid smoke in my baked beans, sometimes in my meatloaf & even when I’m marinating meats for the bar-b-q grill, just add just a little to ur marinated liquid of ur own. Just remember a little goes a long way. Also a little is great when ur cooking hamburgers, especially in doors, adds that bar-b-q grill flavor even though they never touched the grill! Good luck this recipe is the best!

  29. This soup is incredible! I made it using the ham bone from our Christmas ham. There is so much flavor!!

  30. I made this soup for New Years Day and it turned out fantastic. Thank you for the recipe.

  31. Hello Holly
    The recipe for the Ham & bean soup looks delicious. But in Holland we don’t have the ham mix in the bean Package. So I have to make a mix. Please can you tell me what is the flavor of that mix. Meat flavor or mayby vegetables?
    I hope to hear from you.
    Greetings, Machella

  32. Excellent soup!! Easy to make.

  33. Thank you Hurst HamBeans for this great recipe!

  34. Made this soup over the weekend for the first time with my left over ham and it was delish!!! Still eating bowl after bowl.and loving it!

  35. I like this page with all this recipes

  36. I would like to add carrots. When do you think I should add them. I have the crockpot on High.

  37. Hello and thank you for this recipe! If I use a cooked ham do I cut up 1 lb of ham for the soup? Tx

  38. This recipe showed up in my husband’s FB newsfeed and he mentioned how good it looked to me. (He never talks about food) I made this today and it is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing.

  39. The acid in tomatoes & lemon juice will keep the beans from getting soft; put them in last. Also, try smoked turkey instead of ham or sausage. Delicious!

  40. Can I do this recipe on stovetop?

  41. this recipe is a keeper, made it today. love how easy it is,makes the house smells great all day. thank you for the recipe.

  42. Made for dinner tonight. Was very tasty. Will make again. I did not soak beans and they were fine.

  43. Can you substitute something for the ham seasoning packet? I bought another brand of beans, here in Seattle and they have no seasoning packet. This recipe looks very good.

    • You can substitute bouillon cubes in any flavor. If you do have the opportunity to try out the Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup, I’d highly recommend it, it’s delicious!

    • I live in Federal Way, south of Seatle, and just bought the Hurst’s 15 beans with packet at Fred Myers.

  44. What are the ingredients in the ham packet?

  45. I’m making this now and the beans seem to be crunchy it’s been on high for 7 hours any suggestions . smells great broth great but beans seem to not be cooked! please help

    • Oh no! Did you add the tomatoes/lemon before the beans were softened? That can sometimes interfere with the rehydration process. If your slow cooker is older, you may want to double check the temperature on it to make sure it’s still running at an optimal temperature.

  46. Hi, do you know the number of carbohydrates in this dish?

  47. It’s in the Crockpot now. I’ve been making this soup for years, it is the best. My only suggestion is that you definitely soak the beans. The recipe on the bag even calls for that. You can do a quick soak, but I always soak mine overnight. This step produces tender beans and a delicious creaminess to the soup…bon appetite!!

  48. I don’t have a lemon. How critical is the lemon to this recipe?

  49. Mine is in the crock pot on high for over 5 hours and the beans are not soft. I did not add tomatoes or
    Lemon. What can I do???

    • Oh no Amy! If your slow cooker is older, you may wan to double check the temperature on it to make sure it’s still running at an optimal temperature.

  50. If only half is eaten is it ok to can the rest of it?

  51. Love! Love! Love! I didn’t use the whole seasoning packet b/c it just didn’t need it! I even shared with neighbors and they loved it….shared the recipe with my mom and they loved it! Making for a second time tomorrow! Thanks for a great recipe!

  52. Love these easy recipes

  53. I made this recipe two days ago after seeing it posted on Facebook. It’s delicious!!! All the ingredients came to about $30.00 and it will last 4-5 dinners (just 2 of us now). I used Hickory Smoked Spicy Andouille Sausage. Easy peasy.

  54. This is so yummy! We will be making this for many years to come, I’m sure.

  55. im making this now on the stove do u drain the tomatoes?

  56. The recipe sounds delicious. I looked for nutritional value and calories per cup but could not find that information.
    Could you please add that information?
    Thank you.

  57. I’m cooking this right now. Can you tell me if I used diced ham , do I need to go ahead and add those … or wait until after the 6 hours ?

  58. Stupid question…..do I need to cook ham beforehand or put ham raw?

  59. Can you tell me the nutritional values of your crock pot ham and bean soup?it sounds delicious but I’m trying to watch calories so I’m curious as what it entails thank you

  60. Do you know the calories in a bowl, sodium, sugar, fiber, et . Thanks

  61. Yum! Made this last night but added cut up baby carrots and chopped spinach. Didn’t add the tomato chunks as I ran out of room in my crockpot but did add a small can of tomato paste that gave it a nice consistency. I added a little salt too but really shouldn’t have. Overall very good and easy meal!

  62. I made this recipe today in my crockpot. Crockpot is newer model and runs well. Cooked as suggested on low for 7 hours and beans are not soft at all. Bumped cooker up to high and cooked additional hour. Beans are still too hard. Haven’t added tomatoes and lemon yet. Contemplating dumping soup into my Dutch oven to boil on cooktop. SOAK the BEANS first!

  63. In the works for tomorrow. The perfect recipe for our Alaska weather!!

  64. Our family really enjoys this soup. I mistakenly bought the 15 beans soup with Cajun seasoning, so I left that out and added a tablespoon of chicken demi glace. So good!

  65. I’m making this right now! Looks good! I will tell you all how it goes.

  66. What is the seasoning packet.RECIPE looks good but can’t figure out seasoning packet.Or just use all season.

    • It comes with this brand of beans. You can also get this in a packet in the dry mix section of most grocery stores. I hope this helps!

  67. I have tried to print it off but it won’t work. I guess I will have to write it down myself. What am I doing wrong??

  68. could i do this on the stove as opposed to the crock pot? would the beans need to be soaked first?

  69. Awesome soup 15 bean soup. Yummyyyyyy

  70. sounds great thank you!!!!!

  71. Am I happy about this snowstorm in March? No. Am I glad that I have a reason to make another round of delicious soups all week? Heck yes. This looks SO good, and so perfect for these cold nights. Saved!

  72. I thawed a ham bone with large chunks of ham we had for Thanksgiving. I understand about adding the bone in the beginning, but by adding the larger pieces of ham in the beginning, doesn’t that make the ham pieces dry? I have some really nice size ham pieces and I’d hate to ruin them by over cooking and having them come out dry. Please help!! Thank you.

    • My ham doesn’t come out dry in this recipe. You could certainly add them along with the tomatoes if you prefer since they just need to be heated.

  73. I’m very anxious to try this soup, but I’m having a difficult time finding the HamBeen’s 15 Bean soup package. I was, however, able to find another brand with a 15 Bean soup, but with no flavor packet. Can you give my any suggestions? It sounds as if you really need the flavor packet for the recipe. Thanks.

  74. This looks delicious as well as the other two you recommended at the end of the post. I’ll have to be making these soon! Glad I found your site. :)

  75. What is a ham flavor packet?

    • Hi Debbi,
      This packet comes in the bean package. However you can use bouillon instead. Hope that helps.

  76. Can i make this 2 days ahead? Or will it be mush?

  77. What a great site! Thanks

  78. This looks yummy. Is there is nutritional information available?

  79. Hi Holly, I see what looks like some fresh parsley in the finished soup but don’t find that ingredient noted anywhere? I guess it’s possible it’s in the seasoning packet? Thanks in advance for your reply~

  80. I just made this from the directions on the back of package on the stove top, but think neXT time I’ll do the crock pot, thanks

  81. Just made this recipe. Added cayenne pepper instead of chili powder, and it was delicious. Will make this again!!

  82. I love your website.

    This is essentially my long-suffering, hard-working, and well-receiced bean recipe, except for the flavor packet.

    I am distrustful of anything put in a dried bean package in a white packet with no writing to indicate ingredients, expiration date, etc.

    I use other flavorings, or none at all. Beans, ham, onions, tomatoes, and garlic suffice.

  83. Just put a crock pot on of the Hurst’s HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP® and plan on using Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies instead of just the plain diced tomatoes. I also used smoked ham hocks AND Diced smoked ham with my beans. THIS IS GOING TO BE GOOOOOD!!!

  84. Made this for supper this evening and got nothing but praise. My only different is used rotel tomatoes rather than just diced tomatos. And also added a half can of diced jalapeños

    • I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Michael! I think diced jalapenos would be a great addition!

  85. What I want is that cornbread recipe! It looks amazing. Also I make my own Bean mix. I just pick a bunch of different bags and mix them up then portion them into one pound ziplock packs. I don’t like the seasoning packet that comes with the Hursts.

  86. I’m trying these recipes for sure. I finally found someone to help me without wanting me to pay for something first. Thank you and God bless you.

  87. Can you give me the recipe for the cornbread pictured with this bean soup?

  88. This is my third time making these!! My entire family loves them. I serve with sweet potato cornbread muffins!! Thank you for sharing with us!!

    Rating: 5
  89. Easy to make after cooking a ham & good to freeze Yum!

    Rating: 4
  90. Making this recipe now and it smells delicious!  Could you tell me what is classified as a serving for this recipe?  Would it be 3/4 cup?  

    Thanks!

  91. Making this now and it smells so good!!  We can’t do the bean mix because we have a pea allergy but I’ve had it before and love it!  Trying to duplicate it as closely as possible.  I didn’t have ham but I sautéed some bacon with the onion and garlic and it smells delicious!!  Can’t wait to taste this, thank you for sharing

  92. hello! by chance can I put an uncooked ham in? maybe before all ingredients? thanks!

  93. Love the ham bean Crock-Pot soup recipe! I followed it to the letter and it came out perfect! Even my ten year old loved it! I used no sodium beef broth I used smoked turkey leg instead of ham and omitted the lemon and I used red gold diced tomatoes with basil garlic and oregano! That season package was the right amount of seasoning and it was delicious!! Oh yeah and I made cornbread I had to stop myself from eating the whole pot!!!

    Rating: 5
  94. Can you presoak the beans over night ?

  95. Imade this and it was grrreat. I did however presoaked the beans overnite and added liquid smoke too. Husband gave it a thumbs up.Thanks for sharing.

  96. I love this!  I use Rotel instead of tomatoes, add in browned smoked sausage and shrimp.  Yum-O!
    It’s a winner!

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