Slow Cooker Southern Lima Beans and Ham


I searched your website for the simple lima bean recipe that my mom used to make and the one that is served by many restaurants here in the south as a side dish. I couldn't find one, so I submitted my own. This is an easy, basic lima bean dish with ham, onion, and seasonings. Served over Mexican cornbread, it makes a delicious hearty meal. You can also do this on the stovetop. Just follow the directions on the back of the lima bean bag and add the seasonings. Slow cooker time is about 7 hours. Add a side salad for a complete meal.

close up view of Southern Lima Beans and Ham in a slow cooker
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
15 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound dried baby lima beans

  • 2 quarts water

  • 2 onions, coarsely chopped

  • 1 meaty ham bone

  • 1 cup leftover ham meat from bone, chopped

  • 3 cups water, or as needed to cover

  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Soak lima beans in 2 quarts of water in a large bowl for 8 hours or overnight. The next day, drain the lima beans and place into a slow cooker with onions, ham bone, and ham. Pour in 3 cups of water or as needed to cover. Place lid on the cooker, set to High, and cook for 3 hours.

  2. Stir in Cajun seasoning, black pepper, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper; set cooker to Low and cook until the beans and meat are very tender, about 4 more hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

133 Calories
3g Fat
18g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 133
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 346mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 10mg 51%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 443mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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