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Appalachian Soup Beans

Sue Lau
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Appalachian
Servings 8


  • slow cooker


  • 1 pound Camellia brand pinto beans soaked overnight
  • 6 ounces fatback pork
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound diced ham optional
  • salt to taste
  • Cornbread for serving
  • Chowchow for serving


  • Soak pinto beans in cold water overnight, then drain.
  • Add beans to the slow cooker along with the fatback pork, onion, garlic, bay leaf, pepper, and six cups water.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours, then stir in the ham and cook 2 hours more.
  • Season to taste with salt.
  • Traditionally served in bowls topped with chow chow and slices of cornbread on the side.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword crockpot, slow cooker, Soup beans