Easy Ham and Beans | Mini Van Dreams

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 and enjoy.

Easy Ham and Beans | Mini Van Dreams

Easy Ham and Beans

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 5 mins


  • 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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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!

One Comment

  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.

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