Steve’s Ham Bone Healthy Soup by Chili Smith

Note – This soup can be made with any Chili Smith Heirloom bean, and with or without meat.

Meat and Beans:

  • 1 pound Chili Smith Christmas Lima heirloom beans – presoak 8 – 12 hours in clear water – no salt or seasoning.Rinse and place in heavy bottom pot or pressure cooker with ham bone, ham shanks, ham hocks (or lamb!)
  • 1 quart water – make sure beans are covered
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Smith Soup Seasoning – Garlic, Lemon Pepper, Oregano, Cumin, Dry Mustard, Salt and Paprika
  • Bring to boil or to 10 pounds pressure and reduce heat to simmering. Cook until tender – approximately 2 hours traditional or 15 – 20 minutes pressure While that is cooking…

Soup and Veggies:

  • Large heavy bottom pot – heat
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons Olive Oil – we like chipotle infused
  • 1 cup each diced sweet and red onion
  • 1 diced shallot

    Lift onions and mix with oil – cook until translucent

  • 1 each – Turnip, Yam and Sweet Potato– peeled and diced in 1” cubes or smaller
  • 2 cups – Summer Squash – I like the already prepared from Mann or Raley’s
  • Lift from bottom of pot to coat with onion/oil mix – WHEN all oil is absorbed…
  • 1 cup Organic Vegetable Broth – OR – beer – we like whatever is local…
  • Stir well and cover and allow steaming for five minutes…
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Smith Soup Seasoning – stirred into 1 cup additional broth – add to veggies and allow to come back to boiling
  • Cook at simmer until veggies are getting softer – NOT – fully cooked…
  • 1 medium (303 size) diced tomatoes in sauce – add entire can and sauce to pot and stir
  • Allow to return to simmer, stir well, cover and shut off until beans and meat are ready…


  • Add meat and beans to soup pot – aren’t you glad you got a BIG one now? – and turn gently from bottom.
  • Bring back to simmer and allow to gently cook for 15 minutes or more until everything is ready!
  • Add a little moisture – water or broth – if needed
  • DO NOT overcook!


It is ready to eat and will be delicious now, but will be even better after is has chilled and rested in the refrigerator overnight.


Sour cream, Corn or Tortilla Chips, Diced Green Onions or jalapeños, Sharp Cheddar Cheese – shredded and excellent with fresh Cornbread…


Freezes very well or can be refrigerated for several days for ‘grab and heat’ quickie meals.

Black-And-White Summer Bean Salad Chili Smith – Adopted from Weight Watchers


  • 1 cup white beans – fully cooked They suggest canned, we think ours are more flavorful and nutritious Use Hutterite, White Eye, Rice Bean, Runner Cannellini.
  • 1 cup black beans Black Valentine, Sunset Runner, maybe Hidatsa Red. Think about color and texture along with flavor. Black Calypso, Good Mother Stallard, CHRISTMAS LIMA, and several other Chili Smith heirloom beans will make this formula tasty and beautiful! We did this one with Hidatsa Red, Rice bean and Black Valentine for an almost Red, White and Blue celebration!
  • 1 large tomato, diced – preferably fresh from your garden, or a good neighbor!
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium celery rib, diced
  • 2 Tbsp white or red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp minced fresh Italian parsley or basil
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste


  1. Cook, drain and chill beans
  2. In a large bowl, combine beans, tomato, onion and celery. Gently stir in vinegar and sprinkle with parsley or basil; season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serves 4 – Yields 1 cup salad per serving

Chili Smith Christmas Lima Beans with Honey Baked Ham by Carol Radkins


  • 1 pound Chili Smith Christmas Lima Beans
  • About 1.3 of a Honey Baked Ham, including bone
  • 2 cups of water from ham
  • 2 tbs olive oil and 2 tbs butter
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 3 carrots, cut about 1″
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 5 Baby Bok Choy


  1. Soak 1 pound Chili Smith Christmas Lima Beans in fresh water overnight, following package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, take about 1/3 of a Honey Baked Ham, including the bone, and simmer for 2 hours, in a large covered pot. Cut excess meat from the bone and set aside. Keep 2 cups of water from ham.
  3. In another large stock pot, sauté with 2 tbs olive oil and 2 tbs butter, 1diced large onion, 3 carrots, cut about 1″ – Until golden brown.
  4. In the large stock pot, add the plumped beans, the cut up ham (including the bone), the 2 cups of ham water, and 2 cups of chicken broth to the sautéed veg. Simmer covered, for another 45 minutes, until beans are tender.
  5. Clean and chop 5 baby Bok Choy, and add to the pot. Simmer for 15 minutes covered, then turn the heat off and let sit for 20 minutes. Salt to taste.


Autumn Vegetable Succotash by Chili Smith


  • ½ cup unsalted butter (for a vegan recipe, use Earth Balance)
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 2 zucchini, cut into ¼-inch dice 2 yellow summer squash, cut into ¼- inch dice 1 cup Chili Smith Christmas Lima (pre-cooked) 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, coarsely chopped


In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion, cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, Lima beans, and corn. Season with salt and black pepper; cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in Sage, and serve.

Beans And Greens Soup by Chili Smith


  • 1 pound pinto beans, sorted, washed and soaked in water for 12 hours (We recommend our Eye Of the Goat)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke flavoring (optional)
  • 4 cup finely chopped kale, chard, collards or mustard greens, cooked
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbs cider vinegar
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 cup diced fresh tomato
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt or sour cream (Can use a vegan Sour cream)


Drain soaked beans and place in a heavy, deep, non-aluminum pan. Add garlic, onion, cumin seed, red pepper flakes and enough water to cover by 2”. Bring to a boil and lower to simmer and cook, covered, about 1 – 1 ½ hours. Add more water as needed. Stir often and cook until beans are tender.

Using about half the bean mixture, carefully purée in blender. Return to pot with other beans. Add cilantro and smoke flavoring. Continue to cook for 10 – 15 minutes, covered. If necessary, add water or chicken broth or veggie broth to thin soup. Cook greens as directed on package. Toss greens with olive oil and stir into soup with salt and vinegar to taste. To serve, season with ground pepper. Spoon hot soup into bowls and top with ½ c. chopped tomatoes and a tablespoon of yogurt or sour cream.

Serves 8: (1 ½ c. servings)

Prep time: 2 hours

Per serving: cal 279, fat 5 g, sat fat 1 g, % cal from fat 16%, pro 15 g, carbo 46 f, chol 0, fiber 16.5 g, sod. 340 mg

Chili Smith Farm Style by Chili Smith


  • 1 pound of Heirloom Beans – Dried weight – makes almost 3 pounds cooked
  • 6 Strips Bacon – diced very fine
  • 1 Onion – Diced fine – in two halves
  • 1 pound Ground Beef or other meat
  • 1 can (15oz) Tomato Sauce 2 TBL Chili Smith Seasoning


Beans: In pot

  1. Rinse and soak in clear water for 12 hours or so until rehydrated.
  2. Change water and cover to one inch above beans in clear, cool water and simmer for about an hour until tender.
  3. Add Salt and ½ onions to water prior to cooking.

Base: In large skillet

  1. Sauté Bacon until almost browned.
  2. Add onion and sauté until clear Add small chucks of meat and sauté until browned.
  3. Add Tomato Sauce and blend Cover and allow simmering for 20 minutes.
  4. Add Seasoning and mix into base.
  5. Cover and allow simmering for 10 minutes.

Blend: Bring beans without juice to base 

  • Mix beans into base and blend together.
  • Add Bean Broth if needed Simmer for an hour and enjoy!


Cook in advance and refrigerate for a day for extra flavor.

Healthy Veggie Style by Chili Smith


  • 1 pound of Heirloom Beans cooked weight (About 6-8 oz dried beans)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 –Bottle Dark Ale or Beer
  • 1 – Sweet Onion
  • 1 – Red Onion 2 – Bell Peppers
  • 1 – Green Zucchini
  • 1 – Crook Neck Zucchini
  • 1 – Sweet Potato
  • Garlic
  • Anything else you like… all chopped into bite-sized pieces.


Beans: In a pot

  1. Rinse and soak in clear water for 12 hours or so until rehydrated.
  2. Change water and cover to one inch above beans in clear, cool water and simmer for about an hour until tender.
  3. Add Salt and ½ onions to water prior to cooking.

Base: In a large skillet

  1. Heat Olive Oil.
  2. Sauté Onions and Garlic.
  3. Add other vegetables.
  4. Add moisture of Beer – cover and steam for three to five minutes.
  5. Add Chili Seasoning to taste.
  6. Add beans to the base.
  7. Enjoy!


Best served while fresh and not overcooked.
Drink the rest of the Beer with the meal!

New York Times Heirloom Bean Ragout


  • 1 to 1 ¼ pounds fresh shell beans, such as Sunset Runner or Runner Cannellini runner beans, shelled (about 1 3/4 to 2 cups, shelled)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 plump garlic cloves; 1 crushed, 2 minced
  • Bouquet garni made with a few sprigs parsley and thyme, Parmesan rind and a bay leaf, wrapped in a leek leaf and tied with twine
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, halved and cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes (about 3/4 pound)
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 good-size pattypan squash or other summer squash, quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 inch thick (about 2 cups)
  • Slivered fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • Freshly grated Parmesan for garnish


In a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven, combine the beans, onion, crushed garlic clove, bouquet garni and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Add salt to taste, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove and discard onion and garlic clove.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet and add leeks and celery. Cook, stirring, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes, and stir in minced garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute, and add tomatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until tomatoes have cooked down slightly, about 10 minutes.

Stir leek and tomato mixture into beans, along with summer squash. Bring back to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, until beans are creamy-tender but intact and the vegetables are soft and fragrant. Taste and adjust seasonings. Remove bouquet garni.

Ladle ragout into wide bowls. Top each serving with a generous sprinkling of slivered basil leaves and a spoonful of Parmesan.

Sunset Runner Bean and Merguez Stew Recipe from Sunset


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 good-sized jalapeño chile, chopped
  • 2 cups total chopped yellow and red bell peppers
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups Scarlet Runner beans, soaked overnight in cool water
  • 6 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
  • 12 oz. Merguez sausage (note, this dish can be made vegetarian by leaving the sausage out and adding ½ tsp. to 1 tsp. of smoked paprika for flavor)
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley


In a pot, sauté onion, 2 tbsp. oil, chile, and peppers until softened. Add garlic and cook a couple minutes more. Spoon out half of this mixture and save it.

Drain beans and add to pot with broth. Simmer, covered, until tender, about 1 1/2 hours (this time depends a bit on how dry the beans are).

Cut sausages into chunks and brown them in a frying pan in the remaining oil. Stir in tomatoes and reserved pepper mixture and cook, stirring, to deglaze the pan. Scrape all this into the bean pot.

Simmer beans uncovered until flavors are blended, about 15 minutes. Ladle out some liquid if you’d like a thicker stew. Season the stew to taste with salt, pepper, and parsley.

Serves: 6

Vegetarian Cassoulet Melissa R.at Epicurious

  1. For cassoulet
    1. 3 medium leeks (white and pale green parts only)
    2. 4 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch-wide pieces
    3. 3 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch-wide pieces
    4. 4 garlic cloves, chopped
    5. 1/4 cup olive oil
    6. 4 thyme sprigs
    7. 2 parsley sprigs
    8. 1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf
    9. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    10. 1 pound pre-cooked Chili Smith Cannellini beans, Hutterite Soup, Green Flageolet, or Tarbais Of Lodi
    11. 1-quart water
  2. For garlic crumbs:
    1. 4 cups coarse fresh bread crumbs from a baguette
    2. 1/3 cup olive oil
    3. 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
    4. 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  1. Make Cassoulet:
    1. Halve leeks lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces, then wash well and pat dry.
    2. Cook leeks, carrots, celery, and garlic in oil with herb sprigs, bay leaf, cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a large heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, about 15 minutes. Stir in beans, then water, and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender but not falling apart, about 30 minutes.
  2. Make garlic crumbs while cassoulet simmers:
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle
    2. Toss breadcrumbs with oil, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a bowl until well coated. Spread in a baking pan and toast in oven, stirring once halfway through, until crisp and golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
    3. Toss breadcrumbs with oil, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a bowl until well coated. Spread in a baking pan and toast in oven, stirring once halfway through, until crisp and golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Finish cassoulet:
    1. 1. Discard herb sprigs and bay leaf. Mash some of the beans in a pot with a potato masher or back of a spoon to thicken the broth. Season with salt and pepper. Just before serving, sprinkle with garlic crumbs.

Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings Active Time 30 min Total Time 1 1/4 hr.

Per serving: 516 calories, 23g fat (3g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 370mg sodium, 64g carbohydrates, 12g fiber, 16g protein