Slow-Cooker Navy Beans Recipe With Ham – The Mountain Kitchen

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White beans are one of our favorite winter foods. This Southern recipe is like my mom used to make, with smoked ham simmered for hours until the beans are thick and creamy.

If you’re looking for an effortless meal, here’s a simple classic Southern white bean recipe to enjoy on a cold winter night. It is plentiful and easy to make; Your whole family will love them!

white beans in a sieve

What are

sea beans?

White beans are one of 13,000 species of legumes with an edible pod closely related to northern beans and Cannellini beans. White beans are known by several other names, such as haricot beans, Boston beans, pea beans, and Yankee beans.

When cooked, white beans are creamy white in color. These pea-sized beans have a mild flavor and a dense, smooth texture.

Navy beans have been a staple food for the U.S. Navy since the mid-1800s. Beans can be found in most supermarkets in dried and canned forms.

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Health Benefits of White Beans Like most other beans,

white beans

are good for you. They are a good source of fiber to lower cholesterol. In addition to lowering cholesterol, the high fiber content of white beans prevents blood sugar levels from rising too quickly after a meal. These beans are a good choice for people with diabetes, insulin resistance, or hypoglycemia. White beans are an excellent source of folate and manganese and a good source of protein and vitamin B1, as well as the minerals phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and iron. (More information HERE)

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Ingredients you’ll need to make this


This recipe uses a simple and minimal amount of ingredients. It’s pretty amazing how much flavor comes out of white beans. You can find detailed measurements on the recipe card below.

Sea beans:

  • You will need 1 pound of dried white beans. Dried beans should be cream-colored and plump with smooth skin without wrinkles.
  • Meat seasoning: Any other variety of cured pork products such as ham hock, ham bone or ham pieces. I always see a variety of cured meats when looking for seasoned meat. A ham bone left over from a Christmas meal also works great!
  • Condiment: This recipe has no fancy herbs or seasonings, only salt and black pepper to taste.
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If you don’t soak the dried beans, be prepared to cook them longer. Soaking white beans in water overnight helps soften them and shortens cooking time. Use the following steps to soak your beans before cooking.

Rinse the beans under cold running water and

  1. remove the wrinkled or unappetizing-looking
  2. beans.

  3. Transfer the beans to a bowl and cover with several inches of clean cold water. Let stand for 4-12 hours or overnight, but no longer than 24 hours.
  4. Drain before cooking.

How to Quickly Soak Navy Blue Beans

If you’re short on time but still want your beans to cook faster or forget to soak them, use the following quick soak method for your white beans before cooking. Get the full step-by-step instructions on the recipe card below.

  1. In a large pot, cover the beans with unsalted water. Bring the pot to a boil to medium-high for 5 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid.
  3. Let the beans remain covered for 1 hour.
  4. Drain the water from the beans and cook them according to the recipe.
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How to make a

slow cooker white

bean recipe

A clay pot makes this recipe super easy to make, and best of all, you don’t even have to be home!

  1. Soak: Put the beans in water at night before bedtime.
  2. Cook: Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker. Pour enough water over the beans and ham to cover them with about 2 inches of water Place the clay pot to simmer for 6-8 hours.
  3. Flavor: When the beans finish cooking, place a sample and try them. This is the time to add salt and pepper to suit your taste.
  4. Serve: Divide the beans into serving bowls, with a little ham, if desired.

Stove directions

If you prefer to cook white beans on the stove, use the following method


  1. Bring the ham to a boil over high heat in a large pot. Reduce the heat and let the ham simmer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Add the soaked and drained beans to the pot with the ham.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium heat and boil for 90 minutes.


cooked white beans

covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or sealed inside a tightly sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 6 months.

bowl of white beans and ham


  • Cured meat is quite salty, so it’s best to season white beans after they’ve been cooked. They may not need any seasoning; It depends on the seasoning meat you use.
  • If this is your first time cooking beans or if you are not familiar with your clay pot or this type of bean, start checking the beans after 5 hours and then every 30 minutes until they are cooked to your liking. Beans are usually finished cooking in 6 to 8 hours.
  • To make the beans

  • creamier, cook them longer or remove half of the beans from the pot and mash them with a pot crusher.
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Recipe FAQs

What to

Serve with

White Beans

You may think it’s weird, but I love the ketchup in my beans. David thinks it’s strange. Give them a twang of vinegar. I was raised with Navy Beans. I rarely serve anything else with white beans.

However, if you want something else to accompany the beans, I recommend the following side dishes:


  • CORN
  • BREADmaking

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original recipe first appeared in The Mountain Kitchen on 01/25/14 and was updated on 10/18/22.

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