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Ham and Black Bean Soup

I originally made this slightly spicy soup for my husband, who enjoys black beans. But I ended up loving it, too! Even more compliments came from our neighbors who stopped by and stayed for supper.—Laura Meurer, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 3 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until onion is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 202 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 1222mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • Sarah Beth
    Jan 23, 2020

    Really good. I used some ham broth that I'd made versus the beef broth. I had no green chiles on hand so I used the last bit of a jar of green salsa. I ended up using my Instantpot to cook it (10 min). It was a little thin so I took my immersion blender and gave it a zap. Easy and delicious.

  • ainaelga
    Nov 15, 2015

    Made the best bean soup. My husband wanted to make a bean soup with the ham bone from the week... so he looked this recipe up.. he used dry beans instead of canned, Beef Stock instead of broth...the only things he had to add was 1 t. Tony C's seasoning, 3 "smaller" bay leaves, 1 t. season salt and about 2 T ketchup.. it cooked a full 22 hours in the crock pot and then smashed the beans to get thickness Totally delish! You will have to excuse me now... I feel the urge to bake bread or biscuits to eat along with this hearty soup~~ :)

  • lolohiser
    Feb 26, 2015

    This was a keeper - especially in a hurry. The neighbor Heidi , who I shared some of this with, said it was "yummy".

  • mrs.mark
    Oct 10, 2012

    This was wonderful. We all enjoyed it very much.

  • jennifer.sheremetta
    Jun 27, 2012

    I made this with 1 can of rotel tomatoes in the place of the chopped green chilies and it turned out divine! My husband, who is a much better cook than I, oohed and aahed over it! I have since cooked it several times and with just the 2 of us..there rarely are any leftovers! :) EXCELLENT RECIPE!

  • TheDix
    Jan 26, 2012

    I made this with boiled and soaked dry black beans (1-1/2 c.) I had no ham but added chopped, cooked chicken. It was delicious, got hubby's rave review. Will make again for sure.