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Slow Cooker Ham Beans and Vegetables

Slow cooker recipes are great because you can pop in the ingredients and let the cooker do all the work. This hearty dinner with ham, beans, and vegetables is effortless to prepare and a great way to use up leftovers. You can switch out ingredients and make it your own or follow this recipe. Either way, you’ll have a great dinner.

Slow cooker ham and vegetables with beans in a bowl.

Prep Time: 30 minutes, Cook Time: 8 hours, Additional Time: 1 hour to soak beans
Servings: 6-8 servings, Preparation Level: Beginner +

What I Love About This Recipe

  • It’s versatile: you can add your favorite beans and vegetables.
  • A hearty recipe: this is a great recipe to feed the entire family. It’s full of vegetables and ham so that they will get full! And if you have teenage boys like I do, getting them full is a challenge. This recipe solves that.
  • Use up those leftovers: use your leftover ham from Easter or another occasion. Plus, you can add the ham hocks or leftover ham bones that will bring a ton of flavor to the dish.
  • This is an easy recipe: Prepping the ingredients is easy, and once you get it into the slow cooker, it will do all the work. You can show up later to a finished hot dinner.
Crock pot ham and beans with vegetables in a bowl.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of dried Navy beans
  • 6 cups of water
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 8 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 pound baby carrots, chopped or whole
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1.5 to 2 pounds of smoked pork hocks (with the skin pulled off or use some leftover ham bone).
  • 1-3/4 pound of smoked center-cut ham, diced

A full printable recipe with instructions and ingredients is listed at the bottom of the post on the recipe card.

ham and beans with vegetables in a soup bowl.

How To Make Slow Cooker Ham, Beans, and Vegetables

  1. Add the beans to a large mixing bowl. Pour water over them, making sure the water is about 3 to 4 inches over them. Add more water if needed. Let them sit in the water for about one hour.
  2. After the beans sit for an hour, drain the water and add them to the slow cooker.
  3. Dice the vegetables and add them to the cooker.
  4. Cut the ham and place it and the skinless ham hocks in the cooker.
  5. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the ingredients.
  6. Pour the water and chicken broth over the ingredients, place the lid on the top, and cook on low heat for eight hours.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Try different beans, such as Great Northern beans, cannellini beans, kidney beans, or your favorites.
  • Use leftover ham bone and holiday ham, or buy new.
  • Add some different spices, such as cayenne pepper, fresh parsley, bay leaves, or a favorite seasoning packet.

Make Ahead Tips

You can easily dice the vegetables the day before and keep them refrigerated. You can also cut up the ham and have it ready to add everything to the Crock Pot in the morning. I wouldn’t suggest letting the beans soak all night, or they will get mushy when cooked. You can soak them the night before, drain the water, and refrigerate them.

Leftovers and Storage and Reheating

If you have any ham, beans, and vegetables left over, you can store them in an airtight container and refrigerate them. When you are ready to heat them up again, add them to a saucepan and cook on medium heat until the ham reaches 140 degrees. You can also heat the food in the microwave for one to two minutes in a microwave-safe container.

Ham, bean, and vegetable soup in a small bowl.

What To Serve with the Slow Cooker Dish

Crock pot ham and beans with vegetables in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Ham Beans and Vegetables

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Slow cooker ham, beans, and vegetables is a hearty dish that can be prepped and cooking in under 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of dried Navy beans
  • 6 cups of water
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 8 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 pound baby carrots, chopped or whole
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1.5 to 2 pounds of smoked pork hocks (with the skin pulled off or use some leftover ham bone).
  • 1-3/4 pound of smoked center-cut ham, diced

Instructions

  1. Add the beans to a large mixing bowl. Pour water over them, making sure the water is about 3 to 4 inches over them. Add more water if needed. Let them sit in the water for about one hour.
  2. After the beans sit for an hour, drain the water and add them to the slow cooker.
  3. Dice the vegetables and add them to the cooker.
  4. Cut the ham and place it and the skinless ham hocks in the cooker.
  5. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the ingredients.
  6. Pour the water and chicken broth over the ingredients, place the lid on the top, and cook on low heat for eight hours.

Notes

Add more water to the beans if they soak it all up before the hour.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 1407mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 8gSugar: 4gProtein: 49g

Nutrition is approximate.

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