The great thing about beans are the endless variations. After years of experimenting, I've settled on this recipe, which is loaded with flavor. I like to put mine in the refrigerator overnight, then scrape the fat off the top before reheating. Serve with a good, crusty bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
6 hrs 15 mins
total:
6 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse navy beans and 12-bean mix thoroughly and set aside.

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  • Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat; saute onions, carrots, and celery until onions are clear and soft, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Mix bean mixture, ham hocks, tomatoes, beer, green chiles, chicken soup base, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper into onion mixture; add enough water to fill the pot. Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beans are soft, 6 to 8 hours.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 2 quarts chicken stock for the soup base, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

509 calories; protein 30.4g 61% DV; carbohydrates 54.8g 18% DV; fat 17.5g 27% DV; cholesterol 51mg 17% DV; sodium 958.1mg 38% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2016
This turned out great. My store only carried the 15 bean package and not the 12 bean. I live in a place where fresh green chili is always on the menu. My husband doesn't like beans so much but he loved this dish. The green chili made all the difference. It is a keeper for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2016
This turned out great. My store only carried the 15 bean package and not the 12 bean. I live in a place where fresh green chili is always on the menu. My husband doesn't like beans so much but he loved this dish. The green chili made all the difference. It is a keeper for sure. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2016
This was really good! I did sub chicken stock for the chicken base as mentioned in the footnotes. I had a hodge podge of mixed dried beans on hand and made my own "8 bean soup mix". This recipe will work with any dry beans you have on hand or beans you prefer. Just be sure to use 32 ounces of beans total. This turned out better than the last few ham and bean recipes I've tried and I really liked the flavor the beer added. Keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2015
Great flavors! Easy and quick to put together for a couple or large group. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2018
Excellent. This turned out great following the recipe as written. The second time I made a 10 qt batch and used 2 lbs of ground hot sausage instead of the ham hocks (family preference). I also soaked the beans overnight and then cooked everything for about 3 1/2 hrs on the stove. Very easy to make. It freezes great and makes a satisfying meal on its own. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2018
So I took a few things from several recipes as I often do. Cooked it on low in crockpot for about 24 hours and the ham bone was totally clean. Threw in the kitchen sink with this one and it perfectly filled my crockpot. Made Red Lobster garlic parmesan biscuits with it and it was divine! Read More
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