Slow Cooker Baby Lima Beans With Ham

Baby Lima Beans in white bowl

Diana Rattray

  • Total: 7 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
123 Calories
1g Fat
22g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 123
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 8g
Calcium 44mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an easy, basic lima bean recipe with ham, onion, and seasonings. Even if you aren't a fan of lima beans, you're sure to like this dish.

Dried lima beans, also known as butter beans, become tender and creamy when cooked, and they're much better tasting than canned. Besides, 1 pound of dried beans makes as much as about three to four (15 ounce) cans. So they also are much easier on the budget. 

Some people have trouble with beans in the slow cooker, so salty seasonings are added after the beans become tender. If you routinely cook beans with salt and have no trouble, go ahead and add all ingredients to the pot. 

For a true Southern meal, serve the lima beans with freshly baked cornbread (preferably unsweetened) along with a tossed salad or cooked greens. Macaroni and cheese, potatoes, and corn also go well with these lima beans.

The lima beans must be soaked overnight so plan accordingly.


  • 1 pound baby lima beans (dried)
  • 2 quarts water (for soaking)
  • 2 medium onions (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 ham bone and leftover diced ham (as desired)
  • 3 to 4 cups water (to cover)
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Soak the lima beans in about 2 quarts of water overnight.

  2. Drain and put lima beans in the slow-cooker insert. Stir in the chopped onions and add the ham bone. Add 3 to 4 cups of fresh water just to cover the beans.

  3. Cover and cook the beans on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the lima beans are tender. 

  4. Add any extra diced ham, Cajun or Creole seasoning, and black and cayenne peppers. Taste and add salt, as needed. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, or until the beans are very tender.

Note: Instead of a ham bone, use ham hocks or smoked pork shanks or add salt pork or bacon.