Ham Hock Lima Beans

These ham hock lima beans have a taste that takes me back to my mom’s kitchen as a child. I love the smoky flavor of the beans that pairs so well with many of my favorite dishes. 

Ham Hock Lima Beans

Beans are a great Southern side dish, and I’d call them a comfort food this time of year. They’re not hard to prepare, but you may find that you’re often missing those flavorful beans your mom used to make. This recipe reveals the secret to that flavor: the ham hock. It brings that smoky flavor to the whole dish and tastes just like you remember it.

I love to garnish my  beans with a dash of kosher salt and I serve them with a little pat of butter. Sometimes I’l add a little sprig of thyme to enhance that rustic flavor even more.

For this recipe, I partnered with the folks at Dixie Lily and even created a little video to demonstrate a version you can just toss in the slow cooker. Even Paula Dean liked them enough to share!

This is a great side dish for the whole family that even your kiddos will love.

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Ham Hock Lima Beans

  • Author: Heirloomed Collection


These lima beans are the perfect side dish that even your kiddos will adore.


  • 1 large meaty ham hock
  • 48 cups large lima beans (cooked)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 medium onions, peeled & quartered
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cover ham hocks with water, add onions and garlic, and simmer until tender (about 2 hours). Add celery and carrots for last hour of cooking. When ham is done, remove from pot to cool until it can be handled.
  2. Remove skin and bones and cut meat into bite-size pieces. Return ham to pot and add drained limas. Cook uncovered for about an hour.
  3. Taste, adding salt if needed. Mixture should be of thick soup consistency. Add water to thin or mashed beans to thicken. Serve hot in individual bowls with hot cornbread. You may also choose to serve over rice.

Remove skin and bones and cut meat into bite-size pieces. Return ham to pot and add drained limas. Cook uncovered for about an hour.

Love to know what you like to add into your beans for that extra flavor!

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