Southern Lima Butter Beans With Ham Bits

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

These are so delicious you will DANCE AROUND THE TABLE!!! A good southern vegetable dish that goes well with chicken, pork or beef. My family always had a big garden and grew butter beans. We would sit on the back porch and shell beans to put into the freezer. We tried to pick the tinest beans because of their flavor. Now, with a busy life a purchased bag of these beans not only bring back memories, but are popular in our every day meals. Purchase the bag that states "tiny" or "baby" lima beans. They make a pretty dish when having guests. The ham and bacon drippings will provide some saltiness; therefore, use the small amount of salt and give it a taste test.


  1. Bring water to boil and add beans, ham bits, bacon drippings, salt and black pepper.
  2. Cook on a low simmer heat for 1 1/2 hours. Some water will evaporate, but let at least 2 cups remain. Check frequently to not let water completely boil out.
Most Helpful

Really liked this recipe. I doubled the bacon drippings, salt, and pepper. I used about 1/4 slice leftover country ham. Also added a dash of red pepper flakes and a tiny pinch of sugar.

jan pan November 30, 2008

Fantastic! I used bacon instead of ham. It was sooo good. I can't wait to have it again! Thank you.

Katanashrp April 24, 2013

Wow this was amazing. My first time eating fresh butter beans and i used this recipe. My husbands' first comment coming in the house was 'what is that smell, it's amazing,. Accolades are well deserved

zeluna28 June 10, 2012