Calico Bean Soup Recipe from Mix

Recipe by CookbookCarrie
READY IN: 3hrs 15mins


  • 1
    (16 ounce) package beans (including spice packet)
  • ham hocks or 1/2 lb ham
  • 2
    quarts water
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 1
    (28 ounce) can tomatoes (or 2 14-1/2 ounce cans)
  • 1
    lemon, juice of


  • If desired, omit ham and substitute beef, chicken, or vegetable stock for the cooking water.
  • Wash beans thoroughly.
  • Place in a large kettle, cover with water and soak overnight.
  • (An alternate method is to bring beans and water to a boil,remove from heat, and cover and let stand for 1 hour.) Next drain beans and add 2 quarts of new water and ham or ham hock (or use broth if omitting ham).
  • Simmer slowly for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Then add spice packet, onion, tomatoes (undrained), lemon juice and salt to taste (spice packet contains no salt).
  • Simmer another 30 minutes or until beans are tender.
  • Take ham from soup.
  • Remove any bits of ham from bone and return to soup.
  • If using boneless ham, cut into bite-size pieces and return to soup.
  • Serve.