This 5-ingredient Crockpot Ham and White Beans recipe puts dinner on the table for less than $5.00 and is a super easy recipe to make. Can’t cook? Doesn’t matter! With this recipe, skill isn’t even required. The only thing you need to know is how to pour dry beans in a pan, cover with water overnight, and then rinse them out in the morning. Everything else you do involves throwing a few things in the crockpot, walking away for the rest of the day, and coming back when there is about an hour or so left to add some spices. Sounds easy, right?
Get Dinner on the Table for Under $5
Low-cost meals are important. It’s a way to help stretch your grocery budget, save some money, and even try new things.
Some of my favorite low cost dinner recipes are the easiest to make. My family loves soup and salad (well, some of us love the salad). We also enjoy a good homemade pizza. Serve a soup for your main course like my family favorite Poor Man’s Soup. Use up your leftover mashed potatoes in a Chicken Enchilada Casserole.
- 1 lb. white beans (I used Navy, but Great Northern would work just as well)
- 1-2 ham ham shanks or ham hocks (shanks are meatier)
- ½ to 1 onion coarsely chopped
- salt (1- ½ teaspoons)
- pepper (1 teaspoon)
- Soak beans overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse the beans and then put them in the crockpot.
- Toss in ham shanks or hocks and onion, and then cover with 2-3 inches of water. You want to have enough water to cook the beans, and if you like your beans soupy, more water is better.
- Set the crockpot on high to have this cooked up in 4-6 hours, or low if you want to keep it on all day. The beans have already been soaked, so you definitely don’t need to have it on high for the entire day.
- About an hour before it’s ready to serve, go ahead and add the salt and pepper to the beans and ham. Stir it up and let it finish cooking. Enjoy!