15 BEAN SOUP® Crock Pot or Slow Cooker Recipe

Cooking 15 BEAN SOUP® in a slow cooker or crock pot is one of the easiest and best ways to cook our best selling product. Try this easy to follow recipe and you will have a pot full of 15 BEAN SOUP waiting for you after a busy day. Works great with a leftover ham bone after the holidays! See cooking tips below the recipe for more info.

Most popular 15 BEAN SOUP® recipe all time on our site!

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

5 hours 30 minutes



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  • 1 pkg HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP®

  • 8 (9-10 if you prefer a more "brothy" soup) cups water OR use chicken/beef/vegetable broth for added flavor.

  • 1 lb. smoked sausage, ground sausage (browned in pan before adding to pot), ham hocks or diced ham. Our favorite is to use a leftover hambone with some meat on it.

  • 1 medium size onion, diced

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.)

  • 1 tbsp. chili powder

  • Juice from 1 lemon

  • Optional: Hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions


  2. In a colander or sieve, rinse beans thoroughly. Sort and inspect for any unwanted debris and discard.

  3. Drain and pour beans in a slow cooker with 8 cups of stock/water, onions, garlic, and meat or hambone. (Not tomato or lemon juice yet!). Use 9-10 cups of liquid if you like a more "brothy" soup.

  4. Stir to combine. Set slow cooker on high and cook for 6-7 hours then check to make sure beans are tender. The soup can continue to simmer for several hours and will develop more flavor over time.

  5. After the beans are tender, remove the hambone. Chop or shred any ham that has fallen from the bone and add back to the pot. Stir in the can of diced tomatoes, our included Ham Flavor packet, optional chili powder, and the lemon juice.

  6. Cook for additional 30 minutes then keep warm until ready to serve.

  7. We recommend to serve with a freshly baked slice of corn bread! You can also serve over rice as well.

  8. Please keep in mind that every time the lid is opened, your cooking time will be longer.


For even more flavor, substitute beef, chicken or vegetable stock instead of water.

You can also try 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts or 1 lb. beef roast, then shred meat before Step 5 above.

As with all dry bean recipes, it's best to wait until AFTER the beans have become tender or fully cooked before adding any acidic ingredients like tomatoes, citrus, vinegars, etc.

You can add other vegetables like carrots & celery for even more flavor and nutrients

Remember that this is a NO SOAK recipe, but if you have already soaked the beans that's not a problem, just use 1 cup of water/stock less.

Variations on the recipe will work for almost all of Hurst's HamBeens items.

If you prefer a more "brothy" soup, add an extra cup of liquid when preparing

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