Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

4.50 from 6 votes
10 hours 20 minutes
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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham is the easiest soup ever!  Perfect for when you need something hearty but want something spicy and healthy, too!

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Am I the only one who craves split pea soup?  I told a few people I was craving split pea soup lately and they looked at me like I was crazy.  It was one of my favorite things my mother used to make and I’ve been itching to get my slow cooker out.

I think of my mom a lot this time of year because my parent’s wedding anniversary just went by and it’s also the time of year she became ill, suffered terribly for two months and then passed away.

So, no doubt the craving had some nostalgia and remembrance behind it.

Split pea soup made the traditional way uses a hambone to add flavor.  Except, hambones are hard to come by unless you’ve recently consumed a ham.

Instead, I used packaged diced ham and got the “smoke factor” with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  Now, this is some split pea soup and my husband may even eat it!

How to make Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham and Chipotles:

  • Start with a bag of split green peas.
  • It’s always a good idea to look dried peas and lentils over carefully for things like tiny twigs or even stones.  Place on a white or light surface and look through them.
Photo of split green peas in glass jar on white background.
  • I like to preheat my slow cooker if possible.  Pour in chicken broth and let it preheat while chopping the vegetables.
  • Then combine everything in the slow cooker:
    • Peas
    • Onions
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Garlic
    • Ham
    • Diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours or LOW for 8-10 hours.
Photo of ingredients for soup in a slow cooker being stirred with wooden spoon ready to be cooked.

That’s it!  Delicious, spicy and smoky Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham and Chipotles!  When your friends or family taste this soup, they may not look at you strangely anymore because they’ll end up craving split pea soup, too!  THIS split pea soup!

Photo of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Chipotle in slow cooker with soup ladle after cooking.

Add a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream and garnish with a few parsley sprigs if desired.

Photo of two bowls of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Chipotle in blue bowls on gray napkin.

Now dig in!  If you just can’t do split green peas, try lentils instead!

Photo of one serving of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Chipotle with spoon in the bowl ready to be eaten.

Be sure to try some of my other hearty, healthy bean, pea and lentil soups:

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Chipotle Split Pea Soup with Ham is the easiest soup ever!  Perfect for when you need something hearty but want something healthy, too!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 20 minutes
Course Soups and Stews
Cuisine American
Servings 8 -10
Calories 238 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bag (1-pound) green split peas - looked over for tiny twigs and stones
  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots - chopped
  • 3 stalks celery - finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce - chopped, plus as much adobo sauce as you can get from the can
  • 1 package (8-ounce) diced ham
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • Plain yogurt - or sour cream

Instructions
 

  • Combine first 8 ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 4-6 hours or LOW for 8-10 hours, stirring once.
  • Adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Serve with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD:  Cook as directed, cool and refrigerate.  Reheat in the slow cooker or on the stovetop or microwave.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY:  Freeze in airtight containers as desired.  Thaw in the refrigerator or microwave.  Reheat on the stovetop or microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 887mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2620IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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5 Comments

  1. I made this today and it was amazing! Definitely adding it to my favorite recipe file! Thank you for sharing another keeper!

  2. Looks great! I made almost the exact same soup just after Thanksgiving. My friends all want my soup recipe. Since I use a Dutch oven (I’m retired and home so keeping an eye on it is easy), your recipe is better for busy parents. I added a Serrano pepper for some heat. I’ll pass this on to those who want a warming soup. Thanks.!

    1. Thanks, Peter! Split pea soup is amazing with a little heat added! Thanks so much for your suggestion of a fresh Serrano pepper! Sounds amazing!