Crockpot Ham and Beans

Crockpot ham and beansA while back I posted a delicious recipe for Crockpot Ham and Beans that has gotten quite a bit of traffic and been pinned and re-pinned.  So… whether you spell it ‘Crock Pot’ or ‘Crockpot’, this ham and beans recipe is worth checking out!

Still…that was before I knew much about food blogging and more specifically food photography.  Let me tell you… as a food blogger it is really worth it to take the time to improve skills.  Check out my old post if you have any doubt.

The only thing I changed up when I made the recipe this time was the type of ham.  I used a 3 pound pork shoulder roast and started the ham and beans in the crock pot the night before… allowing it to cook up while we slept and literally delicious meal to keep warm in the crock pot on a cold day!  We were able to snack on it throughout the day- perfect for an easy dinner, meal for a large gathering, or whatever else your heart desires.

If you haven’t cooked in a crock pot, it is definitely worth the small investment.  I think I have upwards of 3, and one of those is a triple-crock.

Simple recipes like this are ideal to have on hand.  You can try my $5.00 version, or splurge on a pork roast and up the ante to a 10 spot.  Either way, you’ll have an inexpensive meal that is ready to go and will feed a crowd or have plenty leftover for the next day.

Improve Your Food Photography

If you’re a food blogger, or want to learn to blog, discovering how to take food photos is something you should make time for.  Learning from a few simple tips, time and practice, you too can improve your food photos!

This is what my food photos looked like a year ago:

crockpot beans and ham

Even the bowl in the ‘before’ picture is off-colored.  This was probably due the fact that I wasn’t using natural lighting.  Which is a BIG no-no with food photography.  Natural lighting is a must, and it can make all the difference.  I learned a ton, and I do mean a TON from Pinch of Yum’s Tasty Food Photography eBook.  It was well worth the investment and I sincerely think that my photos would not have improved so much without it.

And henceforth, my recipes would not have been as heavily pinned or have received as much traffic as they have. Other great things that have come from better food photography were more sponsored post opportunities and higher revenue from ad networks… due to a hefty increase in page views.

{Take a look the ‘After’ photos:}

crock pot ham and beanscrock pot ham and beans I’m sure I still have plenty to learn, but I’m so happy with the improvement in my food photography skills and being a professional blogger.

Crockpot Ham and Beans {or Crockpot Beans and Ham}

Whichever way you want to look at it, ham and beans or beans and ham, this is one fantastically simple crockpot recipe.  With just 5 ingredients, this family favorite easy weeknight dinner is something you can count on in a pinch.  Stock up on ham while its on sale, soak some beans, and throw in an onion and you’re good to go.  Spice it up with salt and pepper, and dinner is served!

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crockpot ham and beans

Crockpot Ham and White Beans
Recipe type: Crockpot
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • Pork shoulder roast, approximately 3 pounds
  • 16 ounces great northern beans
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Water, to cover ham and beans
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste
  1. Soak beans for 4-6 hours (or overnight if cooking beans during the day). Fill crockpot with ham, soaked beans, and onion. Fill with water to about one inch over ham and beans. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Cook overnight on low, or during the day for approximately 8 hours. Check beans for tenderness and reduce temperature to keep warm.

What’s your favorite inexpensive easy weeknight meal?

crockpot ham and beans


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Jessica McCoy

Jessica McCoy

Owner, Writer, Editor at All She Cooks
Jessica McCoy is the publisher and primary editor behind All She Cooks. She enjoys recipe development, food photography, as well as food and travel writing. You can find Jessica on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google +.
Jessica McCoy
Jessica McCoy


  1. says

    Crockpots are well worth the investment – I have two a large one and a smaller one – I use both of them a lot and the small one goes in the camper with us when we travel. Love the photos!


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