Southern Ham and Brown Beans Recipe

Southern Ham and Brown Beans Recipe

How To Make Southern Ham and Brown Beans

This ham and brown beans dish is made with meaty ham hock and pinto beans with a hint of chili. It’s simmered for hours to bring out the delicious flavors.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 3 hours
Rest Time: 1 hour
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes



  • 1lbdry pinto beans
  • 8cupswater
  • 1large meaty ham hock
  • 1large onion,chopped
  • 2clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1tspchili powder
  • 1tspsalt,or to taste
  • ¼tspground black pepper,or to taste


  1. Place the beans and water in a large stockpot. Add the ham hock, onion, and garlic. Season with chili powder, salt and pepper.

  2. Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes. Cover, and remove from heat. Let stand for 1 hour.

  3. Return the pot to the heat, and bring to a boil once again. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for at least 3 hours to blend flavors. Longer simmer time makes thicker the broth.

  4. Remove the ham hock from the broth, and let cool. Remove the meat from the bone, and return the meat to the stockpot, discarding the bone. Adjust seasonings to taste.


  • Calories: 306.72kcal
  • Fat: 6.35g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.95g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.04g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.91g
  • Fiber: 9.26g
  • Sugar: 2.06g
  • Protein: 24.69g
  • Cholesterol: 34.54mg
  • Sodium: 779.60mg
  • Calcium: 81.86mg
  • Potassium: 1019.76mg
  • Iron: 3.52mg
  • Vitamin A: 6.16µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.20mg
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