Cooking 15 BEAN SOUP® in a slow cooker or crock pot is one of the easiest and best ways to cook the soup. Try this easy to follow recipe and you will have a pot full of 15 BEAN SOUP waiting for you after a busy day. See cooking tips below the recipe for more info.
Most popular 15 BEAN SOUP recipe all time on our site!
5 hours 30 minutes
8 cups water (use chicken, beef, or vegetable broth for added flavor)
1 lb. smoked sausage, ground sausage (browned in pan), ham hocks or diced ham. Our favorite is to use a leftover hambone with some meat on it.
1 lg. onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp chili powder (optional)
1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz.)
Juice from 1 lemon
Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste
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.
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