Slow-Cooker Navy Beans {Beans, Beans, The More You Eat, The More You…

Slow-Cooker Navy Beans {Beans, Beans, The More You Eat, The More You…

Slow-Cooker Navy Beans are the perfect meal for a cold winter’s day.

I’m not sure why they started naming winter storms, but Janus started dumping snow on us around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and did not stop until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. At times, this snowstorm was dropping snow on us at a rate of 1 to 1 ½-inches an hour. I know this for a fact because I went out and swept the driveway off each time that it covered over what I swept away.

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

My office closed due to the threat of severe weather and David had come down sick with a cold the day before, so he called in sick. So, it was a snow day for us at home. We were already off for the holiday on Monday. Our three-day weekend turned into four days! I had already planned this week’s meals and Tuesday, His Royal Highness was scheduled to cook a pot of navy beans in the slow cooker all day. Not wanting to disappoint him by relieving him of his duties, I allowed him to still cook for us while we were at home, lying around watching it snow.

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

These navy beans are slow cooked and seasoned with smoky ham hock. A hearty meal on a cold winter day. Here is how His Royal Highness prepared our beans:

How To Make Slow Cooker Navy Beans

Soak the Navy Beans overnight

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Rinse the beans under cool, running water and remove any shriveled or unappetizing-looking beans. 

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Transfer them to a bowl and cover with several inches of clean water. Let sit overnight.

Cook The Beans

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Drain before cooking. Transfer the beans to the slow cooker.

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Add Ham Hock to the center of the crockpot.

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Cover with water: Pour enough water over the beans and ham hock to cover them by about 2-inches. At this time you can add salt, but the ham hock should infuse plenty of salt into your beans.

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours: If this is your first time cooking beans or if you are unfamiliar with your crockpot or this type of bean, begin checking the beans after 5 hours and then every 30 minutes until they are cooked to your liking. Beans generally finish cooking in 6 to 8 hours.

Taste the beans and add more salt and pepper as needed.

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Serve The Beans

Divide the beans into serving bowls, with some of the ham hock meat, if desired.

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

I’m not sure how the ham hock alters the reputation of the Navy Bean, but it turns out Navy beans are really good for you!! Navy beans, as are most other beans, are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, and in addition to lowering cholesterol, navy beans’ high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal. These beans are a good choice for those with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. Navy beans are a very good source of folate and manganese and a good source of protein and vitamin B1 as well as the minerals phosphorus, copper, magnesium and iron. (Learn more HERE)

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com

You may think it is strange like David does, but I love ketchup on my beans. It gives them a vinegar twang that I like. I was brought up on Navy Beans like this. I guess the goodness of the navy bean is the reasons for so many songs about them:

~ Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart
            The more you eat, the more you fart
                      The more you fart, the better you feel
                                So let’s eat beans with every meal 

These slow-cooker navy beans are seasoned with smoky ham hock, slow cooked into a rich creamy pot of beans. A hearty meal on a cold winter day! | TheMountainKitchen.com
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Navy Beans

These navy beans are slow cooked and seasoned with smoky ham hock. A hearty meal on a cold winter day.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crock-pot, Crockpot, Ham Hock, Navy Beans, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 133kcal
Author Debbie Spivey

Ingredients

  • 1 pound navy beans dried
  • 1 ham hock
  • water
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

Soak the Navy Beans Overnight:

  • Rinse the beans under cool, running water and remove any shriveled or unappetizing-looking beans.
  • Transfer the beans to a bowl and cover with several inches of clean water. Let sit overnight.
  • Drain before cooking. 

Cook The Navy Beans:

  • Transfer the beans to the slow cooker.
  • Add ham hock to the center of the crockpot.
  • Cover with water: Pour enough water over the beans and ham hock to cover them by about 2 inches. At this time you can add salt, but the ham hock should infuse plenty of salt into your beans.
  • Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours: If this is your first time cooking beans or if you are unfamiliar with your crockpot or this type of bean, begin checking the beans after 5 hours and then every 30 minutes until they are cooked to your liking. Beans generally finish cooking in 6 to 8 hours.
    Taste the beans and add salt and pepper as needed.

Serve The Beans:

  • Divide the beans into serving bowls, with some of the ham hock meat, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin C: 0.6% | Calcium: 4.2% | Iron: 8.9%
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2 thoughts on “Slow-Cooker Navy Beans {Beans, Beans, The More You Eat, The More You…”

  • Now these are the beans I grew up with! Except mom made them with salt pork instead of a ham hock. I would take some leftover cold beans and slap a big spoonful between two slices of white bread slathered with mayonnaise or Miracle Whip ~ mmm… Bean Sandwiches!

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