Ham and Bean Soup (Crock Pot Version)

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Bean Soup is an easy and inexpensive dish and 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 quick to prep and delicious, the perfect way to use up any leftover ham and a great way to feed a crowd!

bean soup with corn bread and parsley

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

Here’s Why You’ll Love This Ham & Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean soup is the perfect family meal!

  • Simple and inexpensive, this is a great way to feed a crowd. This simple soup requires very few ingredients, starting with Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®, onions and ham.
  • You’ll need just a few minutes of prep time and best of all the beans do not require soaking.
  • You can use up leftover ham, a ham bone, smoked turkey or a ham hock.
  • It’s healthy and delicious, everyone always loves it! This hearty soup is like a big ol’ hug in a bowl!
  • This soup freezes and reheats well.

The slow cooker does all of the work creating an easy ham and bean soup that will warm you from the inside out.

HamBeens 15 bean soup package

Ingredients

BEANS:

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 you guys love it just as much as I do!

Hurst’s HamBeens top-notch for both 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!

SEASONING:

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 adds freshness.  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.

rinsed beans in a strainer

No Soaking Required

One thing we really love about this ham and bean soup recipe is that you do not have to soak the beans before cooking.

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

How to Make Ham and Bean Soup

  1. Rinse beans and add to the slow cooker with onions, ham, broth and seasonings (per the recipe below).
  2. Cook on high 5 hours (or low for 7-8) or until beans are tender.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients and cook for additional 30 minutes.

Easy peasy! Serve warm with cornbread for dipping.

ingredients for bean soup in a crock pot

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!

a bowl of bean soup

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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a bowl of bean soup
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Ham and Bean Soup {Crock Pot Version}

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Crock Pot 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!

Ingredients

  • 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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Instructions

  • 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.

Recipe Notes

It is important that acidic ingredients are not added until the beans are soft. Check that the beans are soft before adding the diced tomatoes and lemon juice. 
Use a leftover ham bone in this soup. If you don't have one, ask at the deli counter for ham bones (they are usually really inexpensive) or ham hocks. Leftover chopped ham works beautifully in this recipe too.
Rinse beans well and check for any debris. No soaking is needed when using a slow cooker. If you have already soaked the beans, you can reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1 cup.
For a thinner consistency, add one extra cup of broth or water to the slow cooker. For a thicker bean soup, remove a cup or so of the beans, blend them, and add them back into the soup.

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.)

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. 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.

      1. Hi Randi, for this recipe we use one package of Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®. If using two, you will want to double the recipe.

  2. 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

  3. Hi. Do the beans need to be soaked overnight when making the crockpot version of this Ham and Bean Soup? Thanks.

    1. As mentioned in the recipe post, no soaking required when making the soup in the Crockpot! Enjoy Chris!

  4. This is my first time making the ham and bean soup. You say there are 12 servings. Can you tell me what size is the serving?
    Thanks,
    Gail

  5. Hello-

    Hope to make this soup this weekend and was planning to use either cubed ham or smoked sausage. Would adding a bare ham bone or smoked ham hock for flavor
    and texture be too much or unnecessary?

  6. Prior to seeing this recipe, I had never had ham bean soup and now I bake a ham just so I can make the soup with the leftovers, this is awesome. Followed the recipe and it turns out great every time!5 stars

  7. I dont have a crockpot. How can I do this on the stove top?I also have a pressure cooker. Please help!
    Thank you for all the great recipes. I’m making your quiche right know.5 stars

  8. This may seem like a stupid question but do I put my frozen ham bone in the crock pot as us or do I have to thaw it out first?

    1. Either would work, I usually leave it in the fridge overnight. If it is frozen, it can add extra cook time as the liquid will take longer to heat up.

  9. This is the easiest thing you’ll ever cook and as an added bonus it’ll leave your kitchen smelling like your grandmother’s home on a winter day making you the seemingly most seasoned cook there ever was. You simply can not go wrong, it a set and forget delicious hearty meal.5 stars

  10. I just made this and I followed the recipe exactly using ham steak I cut up but just for fun I sliced up some chorizo and threw that in there. You can find that where you find packages of pepperoni in the meat department. Just slice the chorizo and toss in with the ham. As directed I seasoned to taste with salt, pepper in the end but I also added about 4 tbs of butter to smooth out the bite from the tomato and lemon. The butter just hugged those flavors.
    Turned out so delicious!!!5 stars

  11. I made this today. After seven hours on low in the crockpot, I cut the ham off of the ham hocks, added the canned tomatoes, and the lemon juice with the seasoning packet. Then I tried the beans, and they still weren’t soft. I gave it another hour and checked them again. Still not soft. We went to plan B for dinner, and After 3 more hours in the crockpot on low, the beans are still not soft. I’m not sure what I could have done wrong.

    I am cooking it on low overnight, and will check it again in the morning. It will make a nice Monday night meal instead.

    1. I’m not sure what could have gone wrong Melody, usually our readers have great success with this recipe!

    2. How old is your slow cooker? I had that problem with another recipe and it turned out I needed a new slow cooker. (I put the contents in a pan on the stove and with half an hour of simmering, it was perfect.) While my old one may not have been running optimally anymore, the newer ones run hotter, so recipes written in the last 5-10 years will have different cook times. You may need to invest in a new one or still soak things overnight.

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  12. I love this bean soup. However, because of the current pandemic, I could only find the 15 bean Cajun style mix. Instead of the normal diced tomatoes, I instead used one can of diced tomatoes with habaneros. WOW!!! I’ve made this at least five times now, it’s really a very big hit.

    Thanks you for the great no soak recipe.5 stars

  13. Absolutely delicious! I made it with country sausage. Next time I’m gonna put kale and sweet potatoes in there—and add vegan “meat” instead of the sausage. Such a amazing flavor and very easy to make. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!5 stars

  14. Question when making the crock pot Ham and bean Soup. I have a little diced ham and the cooked sausage. At what step do you add the cooked sausage? Thanks for the help!!

    1. While I’ve never added sausage, you can add the cooked sausage at step 5 with the other ingredients. It may take a little more than 30 minutes to heat fully. Enjoy Tanisha!