Slow Cooker Baked Beans with Ham

These slow cooker baked beans are tender, tangy, and exactly what you need at your next get-together! I used leftover ham in this crock pot baked bean recipe, making it a perfect way to use up leftovers – of course, bacon works just as well! 

These crock pot baked beans are loaded with diced ham! Serve them over baked sweet potatoes for an easy dinner!

Can we talk about ham?

I’m pretty obsessed with it. Most people only seem to make it for Christmas and Easter, which I totally don’t get. I mean, yes, it can be a little bit pricey, but if you factor in all of the leftovers you’ll probably get from that big hunk of ham, it works out to be quite reasonable.

Also, hello, cook once, eat five hundred times. That’s winning. I mean, use the leftovers for my hot ham and cheese dip or my ham and cheese potato pancakes and you’re living life right.

These crock pot baked beans are loaded with diced ham! Serve them over baked sweet potatoes for an easy dinner!

We always do a boneless ham and it’s so stinkin’ easy to cook. I love it. Toss it in the oven and walk away, friends.

Anyway, we’re all about to have gobs of leftover Christmas ham (HALLELUJAH!), so I thought I’d come up with a crazy way to use a bit of it up. This isn’t your usual ham salad or ham sandwich or ham whatever. This is slow cooker baked beans loaded with big chunks of ham, coated in a sweet and tangy sauce, and served over baked sweet potatoes. Can your life even get better than this? No, it can not.

These crock pot baked beans are loaded with diced ham! Serve them over baked sweet potatoes for an easy dinner!

I teamed up with Hurst’s Beans to bring you this recipe. I used their bag of Slow Cooker Bacon and Beans for this recipe. It’s a mixture of Pinto and Great Northern beans. Aaaaand inside the bag comes this little seasoning packet full of smoky seasoning goodness.

bacon and beans

You can find these beans with the rest of the dried beans at your local grocery store.

This is a crock pot baked bean recipe, which means that it’s super simple and basically you just toss things together and walk away. Love.

These crock pot baked beans are loaded with diced ham! Serve them over baked sweet potatoes for an easy dinner!

An hour before the beans are done, you pop your sweet potatoes in the oven to roast. Now, yes, you can totally use Idaho potatoes instead, but I really dig the flavor the sweet potatoes in this recipe. This beans are sweet, but tangy and the potatoes are sweet, but earthy. It pairs well and isn’t too overwhelmingly sweet. Sprinkle with salt and it just comes together really nicely.

These come together just as easily and deliciously as the Green Chile Pulled Pork and Pintos and the Beef Burrito Dip that I created for Hurst’s earlier in the year, too! I love easy crock pot recipes like this. 🙂

These crock pot baked beans are loaded with diced ham! Serve them over baked sweet potatoes for an easy dinner!

Slow Cooker Baked Beans with Ham

This bean recipe will easily top 8 or more baked potatoes. Bake one for each person you're serving. To bake sweet potatoes, wash potatoes well. Heat oven to 400 degrees and bake potatoes on a cookie sheet for 50--75 minutes or until easily pierced with a knife.

Ingredients:

  • 15.5 ounce package Hurst's Slow Cooker Bacon and Beans
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • baked sweet potatoes, for serving

Directions:

  1. Add the beans, onion, garlic, ham, and chicken broth to a slow cooker set to high. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours, or until beans are tender.
  2. Turn heat to low and stir in the seasoning packet from the bag of beans, along with the ketchup, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and mustard. Cover and continue cooking for 30 minutes.
  3. Serve spooned over baked sweet potatoes or regular white potatoes.