Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Embrace the cozy flavors of Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup, a comforting dish that’s perfect for chilly days. This hearty soup combines the rich taste of ham and beans with a hint of lemon and chili, creating a satisfying meal that warms you from the inside out. Whether you’re planning a family dinner or looking to meal prep for the week, this slow-cooked soup is a flavorful choice that’s sure to please everyone.


  • 1 package Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup® (with seasoning packet)
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth (or chicken stock)
  • 1 leftover ham bone with meat (or ham hocks, diced ham, or 1 lb. cooked sausage)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste


Prepare the Beans:

  • Rinse the beans and drain. Sort through to remove any debris and set aside the seasoning packet.

Slow Cooker Assembly:

  1. In a 6qt crockpot, combine the beans, chicken broth, ham bone (or alternative meat), diced onion, minced garlic, and chili powder (if using). Hold off on adding the lemon and diced tomatoes until the beans are softened.
  2. Cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours, until the beans are tender.

Final Steps:

  1. Once beans are tender, remove the ham bone (if used), chop any remaining meat, and return it to the slow cooker.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes, ham seasoning packet, and fresh lemon juice.
  3. Cook for an additional 30 minutes to blend flavors. Season with salt, pepper, and add optional hot sauce or crushed red pepper for extra heat.
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve hot.

Nutritional Information

  • Servings: 12
  • Calories: Not provided

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips

  1. Garnish Creatively: Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley or a dollop of sour cream on each serving to enhance presentation and add a burst of freshness.
  2. Accompaniments: Serve with warm crusty bread or cornbread for dipping and soaking up the delicious broth.
  3. Customize Heat: Offer hot sauce or crushed red pepper flakes on the side so guests can adjust the spice level to their liking.
  4. Cheesy Addition: Consider topping each bowl with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan or sharp cheddar cheese for an extra layer of flavor.

Storage Tips

  1. Refrigeration: Allow the soup to cool completely before transferring leftovers into airtight containers. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Freezing: For longer storage, freeze individual portions or larger batches in freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Properly stored, the soup can last up to 3 months in the freezer.
  3. Thawing and Reheating: Thaw frozen soup overnight in the refrigerator or defrost in the microwave on a low setting. Reheat gently on the stove over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
  4. Flavor Enhancement: Before serving reheated soup, taste and adjust seasonings as needed. You may want to add a splash of chicken broth or water to thin out the consistency if it has thickened during storage.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup maintains its delicious flavors and comforting appeal whether served fresh or reheated later. Enjoy this hearty soup as a satisfying meal that’s perfect for any occasion, from family dinners to casual gatherings with friends.


1. Vegetarian Bean Soup

  • Ingredients: Replace the ham with smoked paprika or liquid smoke for a smoky flavor. Add extra vegetables like carrots, celery, and bell peppers for added texture and nutrition.

2. Spicy Bean Soup

  • Ingredients: Increase the chili powder or add diced jalapeños or green chilies for a kick. Top with sliced avocado and a dollop of sour cream to balance the heat.

3. Tuscan Bean Soup

  • Ingredients: Substitute cannellini beans for the 15 bean soup mix and add Italian herbs like rosemary, thyme, and oregano. Stir in a handful of baby spinach just before serving for a pop of color and added nutrients.

4. Creamy Bean and Ham Soup

  • Ingredients: Blend a portion of the soup until smooth to create a creamy texture. Stir in heavy cream or coconut milk for richness, and garnish with chopped chives or parsley.

5. Mediterranean Bean Soup

  • Ingredients: Add diced roasted red peppers, olives, and a splash of balsamic vinegar for a Mediterranean twist. Serve with crusty bread and a drizzle of olive oil.

6. Cajun Bean Soup

  • Ingredients: Season with Cajun seasoning and add Andouille sausage slices or smoked sausage for a spicy Cajun flair. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve with cornbread.

7. Smoky Bean Soup with Bacon

  • Ingredients: Substitute ham with crispy cooked bacon pieces. Add smoked paprika or liquid smoke for extra smokiness. Top with shredded cheese and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

8. Moroccan Bean Soup

  • Ingredients: Incorporate Moroccan spices like cumin, coriander, and cinnamon. Add diced sweet potatoes or butternut squash for sweetness and depth. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and chopped fresh cilantro.

9. Asian-Inspired Bean Soup

  • Ingredients: Flavor with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Add sliced shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, and a splash of rice vinegar. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

10. Tex-Mex Bean Soup

  • Ingredients: Season with cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika. Add corn kernels, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and black beans. Top with crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and a dollop of salsa or guacamole.

These variations offer a range of flavors and ingredients to transform your Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup into new and exciting dishes. Whether you prefer a spicy kick, creamy texture, or international flair, these options are sure to satisfy your taste buds and add variety to your soup repertoire.


1. Can I use different types of beans for this soup?

Yes, you can customize the bean mix to your preference. Experiment with navy beans, black beans, or a combination that suits your taste.

2. What should I do if I don’t have a ham bone?

If you don’t have a ham bone, substitute with diced ham, ham hocks, or even cooked sausage for added flavor.

3. Can I make this soup on the stove instead of a crockpot?

Absolutely! Simmer the ingredients in a large pot on the stove over low heat for about 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally until beans are tender.

4. How can I make this soup gluten-free?

Ensure all ingredients, including the seasoning packet and broth, are certified gluten-free. Alternatively, use homemade broth and skip the seasoning packet.

5. Can I freeze this soup?

Yes, allow the soup to cool completely, then store in airtight containers or freezer bags. It will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months.

6. How do I prevent the beans from getting mushy?

Avoid adding acidic ingredients like tomatoes and lemon juice until the beans are tender. Acid can hinder the softening process if added too early.

7. Can I add more vegetables to this soup?

Absolutely! Carrots, celery, bell peppers, and spinach are excellent additions that enhance flavor and nutritional value.

8. What can I serve with this soup?

Serve with crusty bread, cornbread, or a side salad for a complete meal. It pairs well with a crisp green salad or a simple sandwich.

9. How can I adjust the thickness of the soup?

To thicken the soup, mash some of the beans with a spoon or blend a portion until smooth. Alternatively, simmer uncovered to reduce the liquid.

10. Can I make this soup ahead of time?

Yes, this soup tastes even better the next day as flavors meld. Store in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying as leftovers, Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup offers a hearty and wholesome meal that’s easy to prepare in your slow cooker. With its robust flavors and simple preparation, this soup is a go-to recipe for warming up on cold winter nights or anytime you crave comforting homemade goodness. Enjoy the blend of savory ham, tender beans, and zesty lemon that makes this soup a standout favorite in any household.