Easy Crockpot Ham & Northern Beans is a great 3 ingredient dinner recipe! Takes less than 5 minutes to put it all together in the slow cooker and then let it simmer all day. Dinner cannot get much simpler than that and if you are looking for a great dinner for less money this is the one. Feeding a family of five can become quite pricey sometimes so I like to make meals with beans in it.
Beans are a great source of protein and cost relativity cheap when buying in bulk. For this meal I used 1 pound of northern beans and they only cost me $1.19, cottage butt ham that I got on sale at Kroger's for $4.69 and I made cornbread from a box mix that was $0.50. So, the grand total I spent was $6.38 but divide that by 5 people and it comes out to $1.28 per person!
To prep as a freezer meal place bean, ham hock, garlic, salt and pepper into a freezer safe bag. Freeze. When ready to prepare thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Add water and cook on low for 8-10 hours. It is that simple. This is one of my 10 Crockpot Freezer Meals.
Be sure that you invest in a good quality slow cooker. Our favorite is this programmable cook and carry 6qt oval slow cooker.
But the best thing about this Easy Crockpot Ham & Northern Beans is the taste. It is a comfort food for me and reminds me of my childhood growing up. My mom and grandma would make this dish all the time because we had a large family, and this dinner went a long way. I like to serve Sugar Cornbread along with it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. This is a naturally gluten free recipe.
- 1 lb great northern beans rinsed
- 1 - 2 lb ham hock cottage butt or diced ham
- 6 cups water
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder optional
- salt and pepper optional
- Place beans and ham in slow cooker.
- Add water and stir.
- Add seasonings if desired; stir.
- Place lid on and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Stir well and serve.
Shelley is a boy mom, marine wife, and is blessed with an amazing family. She loves sharing recipes, travel reviews and tips that focus on helping busy families make memories.