Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Makes 6 servings

Cooked beans freeze beautifully, so you can make a double batch to enjoy later.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Add onion, garlic, and bay leaf; cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until onion is tender.

Step 2

Add bell pepper; cook, stirring often, 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, if desired, and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes.

Step 3

Add chicken broth and butterbeans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.

Step 4

Uncover and simmer 30 minutes, stirring often. Stir in salt and next 3 ingredients. Cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with cooked bacon.

Criolla's, Grayton Beach, Florida

Ratings & Reviews

My favorite!

September 27, 2016
This is a fabulous recipe. I have used it for years. The broth is so delicious that I often turn it into soup by adding a can of whole kernel corn and chopped rotisserie chicken.

steponme's Review

September 21, 2011
Growing up, I hated lima beans and anything that resembled them. I tried this recipe using lima beans to see if it was actualy the lima bean that I disliked or the method my mother used to cook them. Sorry mom, after using this recipe to prepare them, I am now a lima bean lover! I served mine with spicy braised country short ribs and corn spoon bread; mmm, mmm:)

rherringt0n's Review

July 23, 2011