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Slow Cooker Beans and Ham

Slow cooker beans and ham is the perfect hearty meal that is sheer comfort food for the family. It’s an easy recipe that you can get started in the morning and have ready at dinner time.

Beans and ham are great for those chilly days or busy days when you want to make mealtime simple.

Bean Soup Recipe

Beans and ham in a bowl with cornbread.

I could go on and on about how much I love slow cookers. We stay busy around here and using them makes dinner time easier and we don’t have to race around and grab food on the go.

We received the ham from some sweet friends for the holidays, so we froze it and cooked it a few months later.

The next day, we took the remainder of the ham and the bone and added it to some beans for a fantastic meal that stretched for a couple more days.

Using leftover holiday ham is a great way to make dinner without having to go out and buy more food to make the beans recipe.

Crock Pot beans and ham in a bowl with carrots

What Ingredients Are Needed For Slow Cooker Beans and Ham?

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions are listed at the end of the post in the recipe card.

  • Navy beans (dry beans)
  • Minced garlic
  • Diced onions
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Parsley
  • Cooked ham and ham hock
  • Baby carrots
  • Chicken broth or chicken stock
  • Water

Step-By-Step Instructions

Rinsing off navy beans in a collander.

Grab the beans and rinse them off. Look for any rocks or any debris that might be in the package and throw those away.

It seems funny to say look for rocks, but it’s true, they can sometimes get in there.

You do not need to soak the beans the night before. They will cook up nice and soft in the slow cooker.

That’s one of the things I like about this recipe–it’s a great way to get soft beans without all the work.

Beans and ham hock in the slow cooker.

Next, pour the beans into the slow cooker and add the cooked ham and ham bone.

If you don’t have any leftover ham, you can buy it in the meat department.

Parsley, salt, and pepper on top of a ham hock in the Crock Pot.

Sprinkle the dried parsley, salt, and black pepper over the top.

You can use either fresh parsley if you have it, or dried will work just as well.

Optional seasonings to add to the soup

  • Chili powder
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Crushed red peppers
  • Bay leaves
  • Ranch dried seasoning packet
diced onions and minced garlic on top of ham and beans.

Add the diced onions and minced garlic to the Crock Pot.

I buy pre-minced garlic in a small jar at the grocery store and keep it in the refrigerator, which helps cut down on prep time.

Pouring chicken broth into a slow cooker.

Pour the chicken broth into the cooker. I try to pour the broth over all of the ingredients to get it all covered.

If you have some carrots or celery, you can add it now.

I used carrots, but I forgot to put them in when I started it. I remembered about an hour into the cooking time and added them.

Pouring water into a slow cooker

Lastly, pour the water over the ingredients and give everything a little stir.

Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low heat for eight hours of cooking time.

slow cooker ham and beans

After the food finishes cooking, give everything a stir. The beans should be nice and soft and the ham should fall right off the bone. It gets super tender during the cooking process.

Cooked beans and ham inside of a slow cooker.
Taking the ham bone out of the slow cooker.

I used the spoon to find the bone. The meat slid right off the bone and I took it out and threw it away.

If you don’t have bone, that’s ok. Bone just adds quite a bit of flavor to the dish, and it’s so good for you to have it cooking in the ham soup because of all the nutrients.

beans and ham in a bowl

We made some moist Jiffy homemade cornbread to serve with the soup. This cornbread recipe is one of the reader’s favorite recipes on the blog.

ham hocks and beans with cornbread

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How do you thicken ham and beans?

You can easily add some cornstarch to the recipe toward the end of the cooking process and it will help thicken the soup. Add some of the liquid to a bowl, add one to two tablespoons of cornstarch, mix, and add back to the ham and bean soup.

Can great northern beans be substituted for navy beans?

Both types of beans are very similar, so you can use either type in the soup.

Beans and ham in a bowl with cornbread.

Slow Cooker Beans and Ham

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Slow cooker beans and ham is the perfect hearty meal that is sheer comfort food for the family. It's an easy recipe that you can get started in the morning and have ready at dinner time.


  • 1 pound navy beans
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 oz. baby carrots
  • 1 pound ham and ham bone
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 2 cups water


  1. Rinse the beans with water and look for rocks or any debris and remove it.
  2. Add the beans, ham, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and parsley to the slow cooker.
  3. Pour the chicken broth and water over the ingredients and stir a little.
  4. Place the lid on top and cook for eight hours on low heat.
  5. After eight hours, remove the bone, shred the ham, and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 1329mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 23g

Nutrition is approximate.

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