Easy Ham and Beans

Before making ham and beans, I really didn’t realize how easy it truly was.  I wasn’t going to share the recipe, but I thought maybe I wasn’t the only one who didn’t realize how easy it was!  So, I am going to share my recipe… it tasted just like mom’s.  Serve it with hot cornbread crumbled on top and enjoy.

What is in this delicious recipe?

Ham and beans are so easy to make!

  • Ham hocks
  • Beans
  • Onion
  • Seasonings

How to Make Ham and Beans

Soak the beans overnight, throw in the remaining ingredients, fire up the Crock Pot and let it cook!


  • Canned beans. You can definitely skip the bean soaking and just buy canned beans. Tastes just as good!
  • Seasonings. Try different types of seasoning. But, seriously, how can you mess with perfection?

What to eat Ham and Beans with?

Besides cornbread? Check out my cheddar bay biscuits!

Not feeling the ham and beans? Check out these other stick-to-your-bones soups!

Easy Ham and Beans

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 hours
Total Time10 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 bag dried Northern beans
  • 6-7 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb ham hocks
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder or to taste


  • Rinse beans and pick over, checking for bad beans and/or stones.
  • Place in crock pot, covered with 6-7 cups water. Leave in refrigerator overnight.
  • In morning, add onion and ham hocks. Cook in crockpot on low for 8-10 hours, or until beans are tender.
  • Remove onions and discard. Shred ham from ham hocks. Add ham back to crockpot and discard bones.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
  • Serve with corn bread and onions for garnish.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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Cornbread Debate

Whenever we have cornbread, it usually brings up a crazy conversation.  How do you eat YOUR cornbread?  Growing up, my mom (Nana) would butter hers and eat it like a roll with her meal.  My dad and I would crumble ours into a bowl, add just enough milk to make it moist, and sprinkle a bit of sugar on top.  Then, we’d eat it with a spoon.  I also add sugar to my cornbread when making it, so it is slightly sweet.  Do you eat your cornbread weird?  Share in the comments!


  1. Now I too eat my cornbread with sugar and milk. I dont know what changed me perhaps of holding on to something your Dad did.

  2. We are firm believers in “no sugar” in the cornbread. For just regular eating, we butter when hot and enjoy like “bread with a meal.” There are a couple of soups that I like my cornbread “crumbled” into the bowl with the soup. I would only do that at home :-).

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