Skip the canned version of Campbell’s delicious soup and go for this Slow Cooker Bean and Bacon Soup copycat recipe. It’s a hearty soup made with white beans, carrots, tomatoes, and bacon (of course!). This is a soup your family is sure to enjoy.
If you like white beans and want to use them in a different recipe, try them in my Slow Cooker Sausage White Bean Soup.
Does this taste like Campbell’s bean and bacon soup?
Pretty darn close! Campbell’s bean with bacon soup is known for its full-flavored blend, which can often be hard to copy. But with this homemade soup recipe, I’ve pulled out those flavors for you to recreate using basic kitchen and pantry staples.
Cooked bacon, hickory liquid smoke, and chicken bouillon cubes add so much flavor. Earthy flavors are drawn in from dried thyme, tomatoes, and onion… making the original recipe come to life in your crock pot. This wonderful recipe is worth a try, especially if you’re looking to feed a large family or crowd.
- White Beans: This recipe calls for small white beans, also known as navy beans. To tell them apart from other similar beans (like great northern beans or cannellini beans), they are ivory-colored, oval-shaped, and have a smooth texture.
- Vegetables: Carrots, tomatoes, and a white onion are diced and added to give this hearty soup a chunky texture.
- Cooked Bacon: Although the bacon is cooked prior to adding, it adds a smoky flavor and whatever bacon fat is left from cooking enhances the soup.
- Chicken Boullion Cubes: These are used to make the soup’s flavorful chicken stock base.
- Hickory Liquid Smoke: A little goes a long way when using liquid smoke, so you’ll only use a half teaspoon to add a touch of smoke flavor.
- Seasonings: Dried thyme, salt, and black pepper are traditional seasonings to use in a good soup.
Step One – Add the dried navy beans, chicken bouillon cubes, liquid smoke, onion, tomatoes, carrots, thyme, pepper, and cooked and chopped bacon.
Step Two – Pour in the water.
Step Three – Stir everything together until well combined.
Step Four – Cover and cook on HIGH for 6-7 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time. Serve and enjoy!
How to serve?
- One of the best ways to serve bean and bacon soup is with a slice of cornbread and soft butter.
- Just before serving, consider adding a dash of red pepper flakes to give it a bit of heat and a sprinkle of fresh herbs, like parsley.
- Soups like this also pair well with a small side salad, collard greens, garlic bread, or even a nice helping of butternut squash.
Recipe FAQs and Variations
No. That is not necessary for this recipe. Not soaking them will help maintain the texture of the beans during the cooking process.
For creamier bean soup, use an immersion blender to mash about 1/4 of the beans. It makes the texture absolutely delicious.
You can add diced ham along with the bacon or in addition. For even more flavor, cook the soup with a ham bone as well.
Pinto beans, kidney beans, white beans, or black beans are all great substitutions. People that have tried these variations have said other beans tasted great. Canned beans are okay to use as well.
No, this recipe is meant for dried beans. Using canned beans would call for an entirely different set of liquid and cooking time.
Add any remaining soup into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Beyond the original seasonings this recipe calls for, you can add onion powder, crushed red pepper, a bay leaf (remove before serving), and smoked paprika.
Instead of the water and boullion cube mix, you can use chicken broth, veggie broth, or bone broth.
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Slow Cooker Bean and Bacon Soup
- 1 lb. dried small white beans (navy beans)
- 8 slices thick-cut apple wood smoked bacon cooked and chopped (I use a 10 oz. package of Hempler's brand)
- ½ tsp. hickory liquid smoke
- 4 chicken bouillon cubes
- 1 white onion diced
- 3 Roma Tomatoes diced
- 2 carrots peeled and chopped
- ½ tsp. dried thyme
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- 6 cups water
- salt to taste add when done
- Add the beans, chicken bouillon cubes, hickory liquid smoke, onion, tomatoes, carrots, thyme, pepper, and cooked and chopped bacon.
- Add the water. Stir.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 6-7 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time. You want the beans to be very soft.
- When the cooking time is up, check to see if it needs salt.
- For creamier beans, mash about 1/4 of the beans.
- Serve with cornbread and butter.
- There is no need to presoak your navy beans for this recipe. As long as you use the high setting on your slow cooker, they will cook up perfectly.
- Pinto beans, kidney beans, white beans, or black beans are all great substitutions. People that have tried these variations have said other beans tasted great. Canned beans are okay to use as well.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.
Instead of 3 fresh tomatoes, would a can of diced tomatoes work? Wondering if anyone had tried this.
Sarah Olson says
Yes! I have personally done this. Works just fine! Don’t drain the tomatoes.
This was delicious I just used a mixed dried beans bag. YUM!
How many people does this feed?
What size are the servings?
Sarah Olson says
This makes about 6 servings 🙂
This looks great, but do you realize how much sodium those bouillon cubes have. Why not use home made chicken broth or canned or boxed chicken broth? Much healthier.
A recipe is always a suggestion or the way someone else did it ,but can always be modified to your own tastes and preferences….
I saved the bacon for the end so it didn’t cook away. Yummy.
My hubby loves bean and bacon soup. I will try this for him. I love the crock pot. I have questions. Can this be frozen after cooking? What can be subbed for a ham hock? Thanks
Sarah Olson says
I haven’t froze it before, I bet it would do fine. If I didn’t have a ham hock, I would throw in one of those 5 dollar ham steaks whole. And when the soup was done cooking you could dice it up and put into the soup.
Celita Crofton says
Hi, Im looking for a ‘moist’ cakey corn bread recipes. Ive had issues with making cornbread in the past of not being moist enough, no matter if the recipes say ‘moist’. Can you HELP with this!?! Thanks……C
Sarah Olson says
If you mix a Jiffy cake mix and a Jiffy corn muffin mix together, follow the directions for ingredients on both, it turns out great. But I also recommend the Fleishman’s brand cornbread mix, it turns out so moist!
Hi, Celita, When making corn bread always remember to mix the dry ingredients and the wet separate ,then add the wet to the dry but only stir JUST till wet.. Never over stir cornbread:-)
Looks amazing and can’t wait to try it!! I did notice the carrots in front of the crock pot and in the soup, but it’s not listed in the ingredients or instructions. Is it two peeled and chopped carrots?
Sarah Olson says
Thanks Karen, yes 2 peeled and chopped carrots. 🙂
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads says
I know we would love this soup! The flavors are great and it’s so hearty! Yum!
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says
I love a good slow cooker soup and this one looks amazing! Love the addition of the bacon in this-yum! 🙂
Matt Robinson says
The second it cools down here, I am making this. Amazing!!
Marion@Life Tastes Good says
Wow, Sarah! This soup looks amazing. I love that you used fresh tomatoes and the ham hock! It’s still VERY hot here in FL, but I’m pinning this one to try later in October when the weather finally starts to cool down.
Looks like a meal that I would love to have ready for me when I got home from work. It only feels like fall in the evening here in NY right now, but I am so ready for some cooler weather. I may change my mind when winter is full blown. Why can’t we just have fall year round? 🙂
I agree with fall year round.
Renee@Renee's Kitchen Adventures says
This looks like comfort in a bowl right here! Love that it’s so easy with the crockpot! Definitely making this one soon!
Grandma Kc says
This is the kind of soup that reminds me of my Dad. He called it navy bean soup and it was yummy. But as it is going to be 90 here again today I think I’m waiting on this one!