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Senate Bean Soup with Shamrock Tortilla Dippers


  • 1 - 1 1/2 lbs dried Navy beans or you can use Great Northern Beans
  • 2 32 oz containers of chicken broth
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 sweet yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 large ham bone or 2 ham hocks
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • parsley chopped for garnish

For the Tortilla Dippers:

  • 2 large tortillas of your choice I used green spinach tortillas for St Patrick's Day
  • non stick spray
  • salt optional


  • Start by rinsing your dried beans and then covering them in water and soaking overnight in a covered dish.
  • In the morning drain and rinse the beans and pick out any bad or discolored beans.
  • Pour beans into Crock-Pot (or a large stockpot if making on the stove).
  • Add diced onions, carrots, celery, and garlic.
  • Then add brown sugar, Worcestershire, and seasonings. Mix well.
  • Top with both containers of chicken broth.
  • Finally nestle in ham bone or hocks and place 3 bay leaves on top.
  • Cover and cook for 2 hours on high and 3 hours on low.
  • Remove and discard bay leaves and remove ham. You can shred some meat off the ham bone and mix in. But if using ham hocks I find the meat to have too many little bones and fatty pieces so I just discard.
  • Add more salt and pepper if needed. You can also serve with hot sauce.
  • Pour into bowls and garnish with parsley and tortilla dippers.

For the Tortilla Dippers:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut out tortillas to desired shapes. I used a small shamrock cookie cutter. I was able to get 9-10 from each tortilla.
  • Place on baking sheet, spray tortillas with non-stick spray and sprinkle with salt (optional).
  • Bake for 5 minutes or until crisp.
  • Serve with soup for dipping.


If you like it thicker you can add flour at the end of cooking. I did not add flour to this recipe- I love the liquid for dipping.