Southern Styled Lima Beans 😍🔥

Southern Styled Lima Beans 😍🔥


  • 1 pound dried lima beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 smoked ham hock or 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
  • Hot sauce, for serving (optional)


  1. Rinse the dried lima beans under cold water and remove any debris. Place the beans in a large pot and cover them with 6 cups of water. Let them soak overnight or for at least 6-8 hours.
  2. Drain and rinse the soaked lima beans. Set them aside.
  3. In the same large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and green bell pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  4. If using a smoked ham hock, add it to the pot along with the sautéed vegetables. If using bacon, cook it in a separate skillet until crispy, then add it to the pot.
  5. Add the drained lima beans to the pot, followed by the chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot.
  6. Simmer the lima beans for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until they are tender and cooked through. Stir occasionally and add more water or broth if needed to keep the beans covered.
  7. Once the lima beans are tender, add the salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper (if using). Stir well to combine and let the flavors meld together for a few more minutes.
  8. Taste the lima beans and adjust the seasonings according to your preference.
  9. Serve the Southern-style lima beans hot as a side dish or as a main course with cornbread. If desired, drizzle some hot sauce over the beans for an extra kick.