Ham Bone Bean Soup
Submitted by Mindy ~ The Sisters Cafe
20 ounces mixed dry beans
1 lb ham (I just use a ham bone with lots of ham left on it)
1 cup onion, chopped (I used 1 large onion)
1 15 oz can stewed or diced tomatoes
1 tsp chili powder
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
Place rinsed beans in a pot with 3 quarts of water. Bring to rapid boil. Reduce heat, cover and continue boiling 60-70 minutes. After 60 minutes, add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 30-45 min. Remove ham bone, and remove any meat that hasn’t fallen off with simmering and add to soup! Salt and pepper to taste.
Place beans in a large pot, cover with 2 quarts of water. Allow beans to soak overnight, or at least 8 hours. After soaking, drain water, add 2 quarts of water and meat. Bring beans to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 2.5 hrs. After simmering, add onion, tomatoes, chili powder, lemon and garlic. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.