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



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!


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}

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


  • 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


  • 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.



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.
4.94 from 230 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
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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

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  1. I don’t want seriously over cooked ham? So I want to make sure I purchase the right ham. We don’t have any small grocery stores or anywhere with a butcher to speak with so I’m just going to try to find a ham hock hopefully at Walmart.

  2. I tried this and now I am hooked, making again tomorrow, I still like to soak the beans for awhile though. I love this so much I have made it at least a dozen times so far. l love leftovers so it is perfect, thanks, Deb5 stars

  3. Made this today in crock pot (cooking while I was at work) & we ate it tonight. It was Easy & Delish!! My kind of cooking. Once again – I am very pleased with this website. No fuss – great
    recipes. Thank You!! Diana5 stars

  4. My family loves this recipe! We have made it both with ham and smoked sausage and they are both delicious. Today, I used our ham bone from Easter yesterday. We had a bunch of homemade mashed potatoes, Southern green beans and ham slices left over so this time I put a scoop of mashed potatoes in each bowl, some of the cut up ham and green beans and a good ladel of the beans with liquid and stired it all up. OMG my new favorite way to have this recipe!!! It made it so creamy and over the top! Maybe we’re weird but my entire family absolutely loved it this stars

    1. Not weird to me! Right now, I am cooking some potatoes and carrots with a cube of beef broth. Added leftover red beans cooked with ham and some leftover ranch-style beans. So far, it tastes good. When the veggies are tender, I am adding leftover cabbage with german sausage. What an eclectic soup! I love to cook this way.

  5. So do I just throw the Ham bone in the crock pot with the beans and the chicken broth and let the magic happen? or do i boil the ham bone before cooking all the indgredents? my first time making bean soup, and yours looks so good!

  6. This soup is outstanding. I made it last year with my leftover Easter ham & again this year. So easy, too.5 stars

  7. This is a favorite for leftover ham. Or You can also use any kielbasa, smoked sausage or whatever you like. I agree using less liquid. , we like it thicker. I use about 6 cups of liquid.5 stars

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Lori! We love using this recipe for leftover ham too, it is the perfect easy meal.

  8. I have made this dozens of time. The only change is I put in the crockpot around 10 PM on warm – when I wake up in the night (which I always do) I switch over to LOW. In the morning, around 10:00 am I add the bean seasoning and squeeze half a lemon. Oh and I always add the dices tomatoes at the beginning. I made this just today and my husband said its the best soup he has ever had!5 stars

  9. Made this recipe yesterday and it turned out fantastic.My small town only had one grocery store and luckily they carried the Hurst’s beans.I live alone and froze small containers for later.
    very good soup as are most of your recipes.I didn’t have a ham hock but buying two ham steaks worked out great. And I added Ro-Tel tomatoes with chilies.It’s a lot easier than making a pot of chili.5 stars

  10. I just started making the soup by pouring everything in the crockpot. I used the full ingredients and it took the fluid level right up to the top with the ham hocks. When it comes time to pour in the diced tomatoes, would doing a light drain on them (to prevent overflowing) hurt the taste?

    1. Hi Tasha, you can lightly strain the tomatoes or remove some of the chicken broth to help prevent it from overflowing. It shouldn’t affect the flavor too much!

  11. soup mix is an American product that cannot be ordered online as company only ships within the US. There was no offer from the website of an alternative recipe that did not require the seasoning package. Also no ingredient list nor nutritional list offered for the seasoning package which is mandatory where I live. I’ve made bean and pea soups for well over 60 years but thought upon seeing your latest e-letter recipe offering for the no soak crockpot recipe that included a special spice package, I’d give your recipe a go after I ordered the hambeens soup mix online. Very disappointed to find that would not be possible. Hopefully you’ll add that info to your description notes when using any of the other seasoned bean mix, next time.

    1. The seasoning packet can be replaced with a bouillon cube of any flavor you like. Hope that helps! If Hurst doesn’t ship to your area, you can also buy them on Amazon so that might be a possibility. Hope that helps!

    2. Joycelyn the ham flavor packet is really not needed… it will be fine without it. If you want, you can substitute one of the following: Goya low sodium ham flavor, Badia ham flavor, Better than Bullion ham base…… or just a dash or two of liquid smoke. Most of the ham flavor packets are nothing more than salt, MSG, smoke and ham flavorings.5 stars

      1. Agreed on the ingredients in the packet. I stock up the beans, then use the beans without the packets, ( packets to trash, I like liquid smoke, Low Sodium Spicy V8, and tons of onions and garlic. Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, and a homemade herb seasoning with no salt, or I add Mrs Dash, Original or Table Blend. Dried mustard powder or a good squirt of Dijon. Finally black pepper. Beans soak up a lot of seasoning so being bold Is important. Nutritional yeast and mushroom, while unusual, add so much Umami flavor. That packet just doesn’t do it.5 stars

  12. Please include all of the great recipes from this ad they are all favorites and after 87 years I still love the bean and split pea soups.

    Thank you5 stars

  13. Holly, I saw your ham and bean soup recipe several times over the last few weeks, and I finally got around to trying it. Why did I wait so long?! This soooo delicious, easy to put together and convenient. I’ll be looking more closely at your other slow cooker recipes. I’m a believer!

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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