Tender chunks of ham meld with earthy green beans and hearty potatoes in this super simple Crockpot Ham, Green Beans, and Potatoes recipe.
Crockpot Ham Green Beans and Potatoes
When I say that this was an unexpected success, I can’t emphasize that enough. I honestly didn’t expect a whole lot more than an okay way to use up some leftover ham the first time I tried this in the crockpot.
But, the flavors were superb! This is hearty comfort food that isn’t heavy with cheese or oils. When I say it’s crockpot ham, green beans, and potatoes… that’s what I mean! It’s as simple as can be and my whole family gave it two thumbs up.
Slow Cooker Ham and Potatoes
My 7-quart crockpot was quite full with this recipe, because my ham shank was large and somewhat awkwardly shaped. However, this could’ve fit in a 6-quart crockpot.
If you’re using pieces of ham or smoked sausage instead of a ham shank, this easy recipe for crockpot green beans, ham, and potatoes could be made in a smaller slow cooker.
The cook time will vary depending on the size, shape, and average cooking temperature of your crock pot. Remember, a half-full crockpot tends to cook faster than a full one, so watch the time accordingly.
My family ate this meal with gusto, but don’t worry if the recipe looks like it might be too much food. It keeps well in the fridge, and the leftovers are just as good on day two or three.
Cooking with Crockpots
Slow cookers or crockpots are an appliance of which I have more than one. If you are an avid slow cooker user like I am, you might understand the need for more than one. So, let’s talk about my favorites:
First up is this 6-quart slow cooker that has a locking lid. These crockpots are fantastic for transporting foods. Mine has gone everywhere from church potlucks to barbecues, game nights to Thanksgiving dinner. However, fair warning, these slow cookers run crazy hot. Low is closer to a boil than a simmer, the warm setting actually simmers. So trust me when I say HIGH is high.
My everyday slow cooker is this 8-quart Crockpot. It’s my go-to appliance for cooking large roasts and big batches of chili. Fun fact: did you know that a full 4-quart cooker, actually cooks more slowly than a half-full 8-quart cooker?
For just cooking a few pounds of chicken to shred for enchiladas or other smaller recipes, this 3-quart version is perfect.
If you aren’t a fan of the idea of keeping more than one slow cooker in the house, these CrockPockets are a game-changer when it comes to preparing and holding multiple dishes at the same time. They slide into a standard 6-quart crockpot, dividing it into two sections that are perfect for serving different side dishes or keeping taco fillings warm for parties.
Ham Green Beans and Potatoes in Slow Cooker
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:
- ham (on or off bone) or smoked sausage
- yellow or red potatoes
- large onion
- 2 lbs of fresh green beans
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- kosher salt and black pepper
- chicken stock
Place the ham in the slow cooker and then add the potatoes around it. Add the onions and green beans over the top. Then, sprinkle generously with garlic and onion powder, salt, and pepper.
Pour enough chicken broth into the slow cooker to fully cover the ham and potatoes and almost cover the green beans. (The green beans do not need to be fully submerged.)
Cook on LOW for 4-6 hrs, until the green beans are tender-crisp and the potatoes are fork tender. Remove the ham shank from the crockpot and pull the meat from the bone.
Transfer the ham and vegetables to a large serving dish or platter and pour a bit of the juices over the meat. Serve warm.
Crock Pot Ham
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Crockpot Ham, Potatoes, and Green Beans
- 1 ham shank with plenty of meat on bone OR 2 pounds of ham or smoked sausage cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 pounds small red or yellow potatoes or potatoes cut into 2-3 inch pieces
- 1 large yellow onion chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 2 pounds fresh green beans rinsed and trimmed
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper adjust to taste
- 4-6 cups chicken stock plus more as needed
- Place the ham in the slow cooker and then add the potatoes around it. Add the onions and green beans over the top. Sprinkle generously with garlic, onion, salt, and pepper.
- Add enough chicken stock to fully cover the ham and potatoes and almost cover the green beans. (The green beans do not need to be fully submerged.)
- Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours, until the green beans are tender-crisp and the potatoes are fork tender. Remove the ham shank from the crockpot and pull the meat from the bone.
- Transfer the ham and vegetables to a large serving dish or platter and pour a bit of the juices over the meat. Serve warm.