Slow Cooker Southern Lima Beans and Ham


  • 1 pound dried baby lima beans
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 cup leftover ham meat from bone, chopped
  • 3 cups water, or as needed to cover
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


Soak lima beans in 2 quarts of water in a large bowl for 8 hours or overnight. The next day, drain the lima beans and place into a slow cooker with onions, ham bone, and ham. Pour in 3 cups of water or as needed to cover. Place lid on the cooker, set to High, and cook for 3 hours.

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Stir in Cajun seasoning, black pepper, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper; set cooker to Low and cook until the beans and meat are very tender, about 4 more hours.