Total Time

Prep: 1-3/4 hours Cook: 1 hour


16 servings

Updated: Oct. 26, 2023
You can't get more southern than this succotash recipe. It comes from my mother, who was a fantastic cook. This dish made her famous—at least with everyone who ever tasted it. —Rosa Boone, Mobile, Alabama


  • 1 smoked ham hock (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen lima beans, thawed
  • 1 package (10 ounces) crowder peas, thawed, or 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup sliced fresh or frozen okra
  • Optional: Snipped fresh dill and chives


  1. Place ham hock in a Dutch oven or large saucepan, add enough water to come have-way up side of hamhock; cover and simmer until tender, about 1-1/2 hours. Remove ham bone from Dutch oven, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid; let stand until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bone and return to pan, along with reserved cooking liquid. Discard bone and remaining broth or save for another use.
  2. Add tomatoes, beans, peas, corn, green pepper, onion, ketchup and seasonings. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Add okra; simmer, uncovered, until tender, about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf before serving. Garnish with dill and chives if desired.
Succotash Tips

What is succotash?

Succotash is a traditional American dish known for its vibrant color and sweet-and-savory flavor profile. Most recipes contain corn and lima beans as main ingredients, although many cooks use additional vegetables such as bell peppers, onions and tomatoes. Herbs, spices and sometimes bacon or ham are added for flavor.

How can you make succotash your own?

It’s easy to make succotash your own by customizing the ingredients. Start by experimenting with other types of canned beans or play around with the vegetables. For instance, you can create more vibrant colors with different bell pepper varieties, zucchini or summer squash. Have some fun with the herbs and spices, adding thyme to bring out the earthy vibes or cayenne to add some heat. You can also it vegetarian by omitting the ham, or add cooked shrimp or shredded chicken to make it a heartier main dish.

What do you serve with succotash?

Succotash can be served as a side dish, or it can be showcased as a main course. It pairs well with things like fried chicken, tangy pulled pork sandwiches or grilled salmon. Our favorite way to serve succotash is alongside other Southern side dishes like buttery corn, braised collard greens or fluffy biscuits.

Can you make succotash ahead of time?

Succotash is a fantastic made ahead of time, and even better when the flavors have a chance to meld. Store succotash in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it is good for 3 to 5 days. When ready to serve, reheat the dish in the microwave or over gentle heat on the stovetop.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 79 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.