Southwestern Style Fifteen Bean Soup Recipe -
Southwestern Style Fifteen Bean Soup Recipe
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Southwestern Style Fifteen Bean Soup

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"Tasty fifteen bean soup with a southwestern flair! I cook it in a slow cooker beginning the night before, and it is a hot meal when we get home from work the next day."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    16 hrs 15 mins


  1. Rinse and sort the beans in the mix. Place them in a slow cooker on low setting with the water. Cook overnight. The next morning, add the ham, chile peppers, chili powder, crushed red pepper, onion and garlic and continue to cook on low for 8 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 31, 2007

This was great! I swapped out the bacon for kielbasa and it was awesome. I took it to our church Christmas pot luck and it was gone. I will make this over and over again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 09, 2008

Something is definitely wrong with the directions on this recipe. I have a new 6 qt. crockpot and I decided to use this recipe due to all the "rave" reviews. I put my beans to cook overnight on low setting, following the recipe directions, went to bed. Woke up 5-1/2 hours later, smelling beans. Decided to get up and check them. Good thing, they were more than tender. Had to stop the cooking process, put the crock portion into the fridge, add the remaining ingredients and finish cooking this morning. You can bet I won't cook them for any 8 hours more.

Sep 26, 2006

The only thing I changed was to add a can of stewed tomatoes per the package instructions. I also purchased a mix that included a cajun seasoning packet, so I added that as well. I used a pound of center cut ham - diced it up and left the bone in the soup to add more smokey ham flavor!

Jan 25, 2012

YUM! I know this passed the test when my hesitant husband completely polished off his bowl and went back for more. I didn't have any bacon, but I DID have some smoked sausage, made the switch, and it was great. I didn't cook the beans overnight, I just soaked them. Really easy and an awesome "cold weather meal" (words of the aforementioned hubby.) This will make an appearance on my dinner table again!

Feb 23, 2008

Changed it a bit, but thank-you so much for letting me know that I COULD cook beans in the crock-pot with-out soaking 8 hours or having to use a stove ( which I don't have presently) to pre-cook them first. Turned Out GREAT !!!!Thanks again !!!!! Is permantly in my recipe box !!!

Sep 13, 2003

Very smokey flavor; a little too much bacon though; the soup would taste good even without the bacon, or with just a few slices in it. Make sure you like a lot of spice with this recipe; you could tone the chili powder down a bit. Overall, very tasty and I would make this again!

Sep 11, 2006

I make this recipe all the time. I add more chopped chicken and or sausage and less than a pound of the bacon the recipe calls for. Its a favorite!!

Sep 13, 2003

easy to make and tastes great! Does it get any easier?


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  • Calories
  • 374 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 39 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 26.4 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 8.4 g
  • 34%
  • Protein
  • 13.6 g
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 868 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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