Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Bean Soups

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  • 1 pound dried great Northern beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 1/2 pound cooked ham, chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • water to cover

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

  1. Drain and rinse the soaked beans.
  2. Combine the beans, ham, brown sugar, onion, garlic, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a slow cooker.
  3. Pour enough water into the slow cooker to cover the mixture by about 2 inches.
  4. Set slow cooker to low
  5. Simmer 6-12 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • 20 ounces assorted dried beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 1 large ham bone, ham hocks or sliced ham
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced

15-Bean Soup

  1. Drain and rinse the soaked beans.
  2. Put the beans in a large pot or Dutch oven.
  3. Cover with two quarts of water
  4. Add the ham.
  5. Add the onion.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  7. Add the tomatoes, garlic, chili powder and lemon juice and let simmer for another 30-60 minutes until all the beans are tender.

Serves 8

  • 16 ounces dried pinto beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 large bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 large onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 4-5 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Chili Beans

  1. Rinse and drain the soaked beans.
  2. Place in a large Dutch oven or pot and add water to cover.
  3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours. Bean skins should burst when you blow on a few in a spoon.
  4. Add tomatoes and simmer for five minutes. Set beans aside.
  5. In a skillet in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, saute chopped onions and bell pepper until soft.
  6. Add garlic and chopped parsley.
  7. Add ground beef and brown lightly.
  8. Stir in chili powder, and cook for 10 minutes. Skim off excess fat/
  9. Add beef mixture to beans and stir in pepper, cumin and salt to taste.
  10. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.