ham pinto beans

My basic ham and beans

One hambone with some meat left on

1 pound beans, great northern, navy or pinto, soaked overnight

1 quart chicken stock or broth

2 to 3 slices bacon, diced

1 med to large onion, chopped

3 to 4 carrots, sliced

3 to 4 celery stalks, sliced

1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, or to taste

½ teaspoon thyme

1 tablespoon lemon juice

A few drops of hot sauce, or to taste

Parsley, ¼ cup fresh or Tbs dried

Salt and pepper to taste, I use a tablespoon of salt and fresh ground pepper


Brown up the bacon and then add in the onions and cook a few minutes. Add in the celery and carrots and cook until all are getting soft. Add in the thyme and Cajun seasoning. Deglaze the pan with some of the stock. Add the hambone and the rest of the stock and water to cover. Add the salt and pepper; bring to a boil and then down to simmer for 4 to 5 hours. After 2 to 2 ½ hours remove the hambone and when cool enough pull the meat and add to the pot. Add the lemon juice and parsley. Serve with fresh chopped onion for on top and some good cornbread.