Crock Pot Ham Hocks and Lima Beans

lima beans with chopped ham and tomatoes and cornbread
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 7 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 7 hrs
  • Yield: 1 Pot (6 to 8 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
147 Calories
1g Fat
27g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 Pot (6 to 8 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 147
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 132mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Protein 9g
Calcium 41mg 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.)

These Southern-style lima beans are cooked to perfection in the slow cooker. Ham hocks and tomatoes add flavor along with chopped aromatic vegetables and herbs. If you have diced leftover ham, add it to the lima beans along with the tomatoes. 

Feel free to add or omit vegetables. Diced carrots, garlic, jalapeño peppers, and celery may be added for extra flavor and color. Or, for some heat, add about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes. Canned chili-seasoned tomatoes or fire-roasted tomatoes are excellent choices as well.

Serve the beans with freshly baked cornbread, along with a salad or fresh sliced vegetables. Chow chow, a Southern relish, is often served along with beans.


  • 1 pound dried lima beans, soaked overnight (drained)
  • 2 smoked ham hocks (large)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (or a 14.5-ounce can)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the lima beans in the crock pot and add the ham hocks, bay leaves, onion, bell pepper, sugar, and ground cloves, if using. Cover with water. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.

  2. Turn heat to low and cook for 2 hours longer, or until the lima beans are tender. Remove the ham hocks to a plate. When they are cool enough to handle, remove the meat and chop it. Return the chopped ham to the crock pot.

  3. Add the tomatoes and tomato sauce. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.

  4. Continue cooking on low for 2 to 4 hours longer.


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