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Calico Bean Soup Recipe
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Calico Bean Soup

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"This is a great soup recipe for a cold winter day! Warms you inside and out. It is very hearty. If you love beans as much as I do you will definitely love this recipe. It is my husband's recipe. He makes about 10 prepared packages and presents them in decorative jars as gifts for Christmas."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    4 hrs


  1. To make Bean Soup Mix: Combine yellow split peas, green split peas, limas, pinto beans, kidney beans, great Northern beans, onion, bouillon granules, cumin and garlic powder. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  2. To make soup: Bring Bean Soup Mix and water to a rolling boil in a large pot. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit 1 hour.
  3. Return pot to heat, stir in carrots and celery. Stir in ham hocks, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 2 hours, until beans are tender, skimming fat as necessary.
  4. Remove ham hocks from soup. Remove meat from bone, chop and return to soup. Heat through and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 13, 2004

I made this last Christmas for gifts Had rave reviews about it. took a year to find it again. Now have a recipe box. Can't go wrong with this recipe. Wonderful!!!!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 21, 2010

Too bland for me. I added 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper, thyme and garlic and then a medium sized can of tomato paste---- delicious. Also precook the ham hocks 1 hr before adding to get tender enough.

Sep 30, 2009

This soup is really really good. I followed the recipe according to what was in my pantry. I didn't have any carrots and used fresh onions. I used a bag of mixed beans. I didn't have ham hocks, but I had the bony part of a spiral cut semi-boneless ham in the freezer. When I put the beans on to boil, I went ahead and put the ham bones in the crockpot with water on low. After the beans boiled and cooled, I added them to the crockpot with onions and celery. Then, I put it in the fridge overnight. Next morning, it was easy to skim the fat before I turned on the crockpot. After I got home from work, I pulled out the bones and chopped the meat. It smelled and tasted out of this world. Three of us ate over half of it, I can't wait for leftovers.

Apr 05, 2010

Looks much better than it tastes. Its a great starting point though!

Dec 13, 2006

This recipe is really nice as a gift and requires only a few "fresh" ingrediants later. The flavor is super too!

Mar 02, 2009

This soup was delicious. I only had three kinds of beans and used a ham bone. Since I was making it immediately I used a real onion and skipped the cumin. It was very good and I am anxious to make it again.

May 10, 2007

Great soup, I made this mix in a jar for gifts. Good made in crockpot as well.

Feb 08, 2010

I can never find yellow split peas so I substitute the green. I also substitute other beans I may have on hand, such as black or navy beans. I keep a large container of the mix in my pantry to toss in the crockpot. This recipe is so good and easy, you can't go wrong!


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  • Calories
  • 331 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 19.4 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 5.4 g
  • 22%
  • Protein
  • 21.3 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 71 mg
  • 3%

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

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