Ham and Bean Soup {Crock Pot Version}

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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!

This easy recipe is hearty and delicious, the perfect way to use up any leftover ham and a great way to feed a crowd!

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup in a white bowl with cornbread

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

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean soup is the perfect family meal because everyone always loves it; this hearty soup is 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. You’ll need just a few minutes of prep time and best of all the beans do not require soaking!

This simple soup requires very few ingredients, starting with Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®, onions and ham. The slow cooker does all of the work creating the most delicious easy bean soup.

HamBeens 15 bean soup package

How to Make Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and bean soup is the ultimate comfort food and even more so when you have a beautiful mixture of beans! Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup® is not only my favorite mixture, I know many of you love it 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!

To Cook Beans

  • Rinse beans well and check for any debris.
  • No soaking required when using a slow cooker.
  • If you have already soaked your beans, you can reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1 cup.
  • Add acidic ingredients (such as canned tomatoes or lemon juice) after the beans have softened (these ingredients can sometimes interfere with rehydration).

Crock Pot ham and bean soup ingredients in a crock pot


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.

A squeeze of fresh lemon is an easy way to enhance the flavor of the broth.  While I use plain tomatoes, you can also use canned tomatoes with chilis to add a little bit of spice or heat to this ham and bean soup!

Ham for Bean Soup

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

If you don’t have a ham bone, ask your local butcher or deli for either ham bones (they are usually really inexpensive) 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.


Crock Pot ham and bean soup in a bowl overhead

How to Thicken Bean Soup

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. If you’d like a thicker bean soup you can remove a cup or so of the beans and blend them and add them back into the soup. You won’t change the flavor this way, just thicken the consistency, the soup will become almost more creamy this way.

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

Can You Freeze Ham and Bean Soup?

Yes, not only is it easy, but this ham and bean soup recipe makes a huge batch and it freezes beautifully. That means cook once, have two dinners and lunches all week… count me in!

We freeze this in individual portions so we can easily grab one for lunches and the smaller portions defrost quicker.

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Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup in a white bowl with cornbread
4.92 from 186 votes
Review Recipe

Crock Pot Ham & Bean Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
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!


  • 1 package 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
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste

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

Nutrition Information

Calories: 259, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 387mg, Potassium: 960mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 3.4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword ham and bean soup
Course Soup
Cuisine American
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!

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup in a crock pot and in a bowl with writing
Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup in a bowl with writing
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  1. My favorite bean soup recipe! When I don’t have ham I substitute with smoked sausage. Hubby loves this for dinner with corn bread and a side salad.

  2. I made this in the crockpot. I cooked in for 10 hours on low after soaking the beans for about 4 hours. It came out perfect. Super tasty.5 stars

  3. Made this last night with leftover Easter ham .” This was hearty and delicious “. The bean soup took 5 hours on high . Made per recipe instructions and added the optional chili powder . Decided to mash up some of the beans as in the stockpot version . Made southern cornbread to go with the bean soup. Thank You so much for this recipe !5 stars

  4. 2nd time making this! It’s delicious. I use a little more Han in addition to the soup bone and more onion and garlic cloves as well. Other than that I followed this recipe exactly. Delicious on a cold day or anytime really!5 stars

  5. Could you please tell me how much cubed ham i would use for this recipe? Would it be just in package you can pick up at the grocery store? Thank you.

    1. I would suggest about 2-3 cups. You may be able to find diced ham or a ham steak or a small ham piece.

  6. Love this recipe! I added raw celery and carrots at the beginning and soaked the beans for 5 hours! Best ham and bean soup I have made by far!5 stars