Southern Slow Cooker Butter Beans - 3 Guiding Stars
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Creamy butter beans are a well-known treat in the south, but you can find them under the name of large lima beans outside of the south. Serve with a side of unsweetened cornbread and enjoy!


  • 1 lb. large lima beans
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ¼ cup diced carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups cubed ham
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • ⅛ tsp. salt-free Cajun seasoning


  1. Place the beans in a slow cooker.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Sauté until onion is just tender (5-8 minutes).
  3. Add the vegetable mix and all of the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Add water as needed to cover the beans plus an inch.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-6. Check halfway through and add more water if needed to keep the beans from drying out. Beans are done when tender to the bite.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 350; Total Fat 3.5g (4% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 0.5g (0% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 35mg (12% DV); Sodium 680mg (30% DV); Total Carbohydrate 52g (19% DV); Dietary Fiber 15g (54% DV); Total Sugars 7g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 28g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 6% DV; Iron 40% DV; Potassium 30% DV; Folate 80% DV; Copper 70% DV; Manganese 60% DV.
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