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Ham and Bean Stew

You only need five ingredients to fix this thick and flavorful stew. It's so easy to make and always a favorite with my family. I top bowls of it with a sprinkling of shredded cheese. —Teresa D'Amato, East Granby, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)


  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) baked beans
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or until the potatoes are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 213 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 919mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • bicktasw
    Jan 5, 2021

    I made this for dinner last night and followed the recipe exactly. It was quite tasty but the next time I make it I'll use "enhanced" canned baked beans (ex: brown sugar and bacon flavor or brown sugar bourbon flavor, etc.) I think the extra flavor from these beans would give the finished dish more "punch". I also think adding chopped onion would be good. I also would like to try using smoked sausage instead of ham. All in all this recipe is very good and I would make it again.

  • eileen344
    Aug 30, 2020

    How can this be made without using canned beans?

  • Summy
    Aug 15, 2020

    This is why I love TOH website. I can always find a recipe that has all of the ingredients in it that need to use up from my fridge and freezer. What a great recipe! I, too, added onion and garlic and used broth as suggested by others.

  • katecrid47
    Nov 4, 2019

    This was wicked easy and delicious. I did add onion and garlic and used chicken broth instead of water. Thanks for sharing!

  • Laverne
    Jan 29, 2019

    I added one chopped onion, made broth instead of water using my old reliable "Better Than Bouillion" (no, I don't work for them!!) xoxo

  • JunebugMontrose
    Oct 21, 2017

    Looks good, but haven't made it yet. I have a question, though...are baked beans the kind with sugar in them? That's the only kind I could find in my local supermarket and wonder if this will make the stew too sweet.

  • s_pants
    Mar 5, 2017

    This was good, but it just wasn't what I expected from a stew. It was better with shredded cheddar on top.

  • Jaci60
    Dec 29, 2015

    I haven't tried it yet, but I will. I was wondering if you could use yams (sweet potatoes) instead of regular potatoes.

  • obsessedwithfood
    Dec 8, 2010

    I've made this quite a few times over the years. It's a great way to use up leftover ham. My husband and I love it. It always gets eaten up in record time.