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Southern Homemade Butter Beans

Southern Homemade Butter Beans is an easy recipe to make, and it doesn’t take much to get it cooking. The butter beans are the perfect side dish for dinner or at Thanksgiving and Christmas. They cook up in the slow cooker and are a great addition to any meal.

Homemade Butter Beans are an easy recipe to make.

We ate a lot of butter beans growing up. In fact, I’d never even heard of baby lima beans until we moved to Colorado. I had no idea they were the same thing! I think my mom might have had stock in these beans because I do remember eating them quite often.

There are so many ways to make butter beans. I made this recipe with bacon, salt, pepper, and chicken broth, but some people like to cook them with brown sugar. You can also mash them up and fry them in some breading to make a “burger” or put them in some stew or soup. You’ve got a lot of options with butter beans.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen butterbeans
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 uncooked slices of bacon (cut up)

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

How To Make Butter Beans in the Crock Pot

Butter beans are a great source of fiber and are easy to make in the Crock Pot.

Add the frozen butter beans to the slow cooker.

This butter bean recipe is an easy side dish to fix for any dinner or holiday.

Next, add the chicken broth.

Butter beans cook up perfectly tender in a slow cooker.

Make sure the beans are covered the rest of the way with water.

For this recipe, I used a very small slow cooker. It’s about 1.5 quarts. It’s perfect for side dishes like this one. I was excited about finding it at one of the local thrift stores for about five dollars. You’d be amazed at how many things you can find at thrift stores.

Southern butter beans are a healthy and delicious side dish for any meal.

Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top of the beans.  

Bacon adds a lot of flavor to butter beans and makes the perfect side dish.

Cut up slices of uncooked bacon and add it to the slow cooker. I used two pieces of bacon, but you can always add more if you’d like to. Bacon is going to add a lot of flavor to the dish.

Butter beans, or baby lima beans, are a wonderful side dish for the holidays.

Give everything a gentle stir and place the lid on the slow cooker.

This is a delicious and easy Southern Butter Beans recipe.

Cook the butter beans on low for about four hours. You can turn it on high and speed up the cooking time by half, as well.

This recipe is perfect for those holidays when you don’t want to stand over the stove for too long. You can pop these in the slow cooker and have some cooked beans a little while later.

What To Serve with Butter Beans

Optional Ingredients

Butter beans are such a versatile dish. Here are a few ingredient ideas to add to your beans.

  • Garlic powder or onion powder
  • Salt pork
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Bay leaves
  • Green onions
  • Bell pepper
  • Ham bone (adds so much flavor)
  • And so much more!
Homemade Butter Beans are an easy recipe to make.

Once cooked, add a dollop of butter and serve alongside your pork chops, BBQ, or favorite main dish. It has a ton of savory flavor that everyone will love.

What We Love About Butter Beans

  • Butter beans, or lima beans, have a ton of health benefits.
  • They are low in carbs and calories, so they are a good choice if you are on a low-carb or low-calorie diet.
  • The easy side dish is high in fiber and protein.
  • The beans are one of those southern favorites that go well with any meal.

The easy and versatile butter bean recipe, perfect as a side, will be a hit at any dinner table.

Butter beans, or baby lima beans, are a wonderful side dish for the holidays.

Homemade Butter Beans

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

This delicious Southern butter beans recipe is an easy recipe to make. It is a versatile recipe and can be added to other dishes.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen butter beans
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 uncooked slices bacon (cut up)

Instructions

  1. Add the butter beans to a small slow cooker.
  2. Pour the chicken broth and water over the butter beans.
  3. Add the salt and pepper and bacon. Stir and cover.
  4. Cook for 4-5 hours.
  5. Drain and serve.

Notes

Store any leftover beans in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 0.8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 735mgCarbohydrates: 17.9gFiber: 5.5gSugar: 1.3gProtein: 8.4g

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