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 Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Chef Julia -


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Ham and Beans
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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!

1 Comment on Easy Ham and Beans

  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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