Total Time
12hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 hrs

A crock pot version of 13 bean soup. Super easy & super yummy! I buy the 13 bean soup mix in the bulk section of my supermarket. It contains the 13 varieties of dry beans as follows: Baby limas, large limas, garbanzo, great northern, black-eyed peas, navy, black, red pinto, red lentils, green lentils, yellow splits, green splits, and kidney beans. Even my toddler had fun eating this soup. It was almost like watching a kid sort their M&M candies into colors! We took the opportunity to teach her the name of each bean as she picked it out to eat. Be sure to plan ahead, as the beans need to soak overnight or for 8 hours before cooking. (Cook time noted includes soaking time.) *Update December 2011: Since hosting the January 2011 Soupfest tag game in the Topic of the Month forum I have been using Sharon123's recipe for homemade Herb & Garlic broth (link in ingredients section) instead of just plain water as the soup base. It's absolutely delicious and so easy to make and store in the freezer. Feel free to use that recipe or any other broth for some or all of the water in the soup (not for soaking the beans).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place beans in a colander and sort through them, picking out any rocks or debris. Rinse the beans with water and then drain the water away.
  2. Place beans in crock pot and add the 6 cups of water. Put the lid on the crock pot (but don't turn it on) and leave the beans to soak in the cold water overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  3. Pour the beans and water into the colander. Rinse gently, drain and return beans to the crock pot.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot and stir to combine.
  5. Set the crock pot on LOW and cook for 3-5 hours or until beans and veggies are soft.
  6. Serve with fresh garlic bread and enjoy!


Most Helpful

We made this using a 10 bean mix we bought at Sprouts. We made a large batch and froze some for a later time. We enjoyed this with cornbread, but think I'll add some bouillon next time. Thanks for the recipe.

Toni in Colorado December 07, 2011

Quite good! Used turkey kielbasa instead of ham, and added a can of diced tomatoes about an hour from the end. Tasty and good for you. :D I would note that it took about 8 hours of cooking on low, and the beans still had a little bite to them. Thanks for posting!

lvt96 January 23, 2011

Pressed this recipe into service to accommodate my circumstance. I only made two changes. No ham, one ham hock. No crock pot, simmered in large stockpot on stove, very low bubble, for three to four hours. Perfect. This is a very good soup. I may revisit this review and give it five stars after I try some other bean soup recipes. I doubt I will lower it to three... (I need to use up all those magic beans my son brought home.)

Blue Bustard March 15, 2015

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