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


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.  When I met Don, he thought it was the weirdest thing ever.  Do you eat your cornbread weird?  Share in the comments!

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