Calico Bean Soup

Recipe By: Mona Barnes  
Four kinds of beans and two kinds of split peas are cooked with a smoked ham hock, and flavored with dried onion and cumin in this soup, the dry mix for which can also be made in a jar and given as a gift.
  • Prep: 20 Minutes
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  • Cook: 3 hours
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  • Total: 4 hours
  • 1/3 cup yellow split peas
  • 1/3 cup green split peas
  • 1/3 cup dried lima beans
  • 1/3 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1/3 cup dry kidney beans
  • 1/3 cup dry great Northern beans
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  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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Reviewed By: John
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.
Reviewed By: VIVNIDHI
Looks much better than it tastes. Its a great starting point though!
Reviewed By: Marni
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!