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Leftover Ham Slow Cooker Recipes

Don’t let that leftover ham go to waste! The crock pot is an easy way to whip up leftover ham recipes. It’s like giving your ham a second chance to shine, and it’s super easy. Our list of leftover ham slow cooker recipes will give you plenty of simple dinner ideas.

Think about it – you can toss ham bits into the slow cooker with some potatoes, veggies, and a tasty sauce to create a hearty ham and potato casserole. Or you can simmer it with beans and seasonings for a comforting ham and bean soup.

The best part is, these leftover ham recipes for the crock pot are all about convenience. Just dump your ingredients in, set it, and go about your day. When you return, you’ll be greeted with a mouthwatering dish that’s not only delicious but also makes you feel like a kitchen superstar.

So, get creative with your leftover ham, and let your slow cooker work its magic. You won’t be disappointed!

bowl of ham and bean soup - leftover ham crock pot recipes

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Using leftovers is a fabulous way to avoid food waste and get your money’s worth from this expensive protein. Our slow cooker leftover ham recipes are just the beginning! You can also use up leftover chicken or all the extras from your Thanksgiving dinner.

How to thaw frozen ham leftovers?

The safest way to thaw frozen ham is by transferring it from the freezer to the refrigerator. I usually put the wrapped or bagged ham into a large bowl in case of any leaks during thawing. Allow frozen ham to thaw in the refrigerator for about 24 hours or until you’re sure it’s defrosted.

If you’re short on time, you can also use the cold water method. Seal the ham securely in a leak-proof bag and immerse it in a large bowl or sink filled with cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes to maintain a safe and consistent temperature. It typically takes about 30 minutes per pound using this method.

Once your leftover ham is completely thawed, you’re ready to use it in your crockpot leftover ham recipes

diced ham with knife on wooden cutting board

Can I use leftovers to make these crock pot ham recipes?

You can 100% use leftovers for these recipes. When you cook that huge ham for the holidays and then don’t know what to do with the rest…check out this list!

I love using leftovers to make recipes like soups, casseroles, and more. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you are wasting food, especially something as delicious as ham!

You can also freeze leftover ham for later use, so keep that in mind if you have too much and won’t get to use it in time…after all there’s only so many recipes we can make in the week or so after those big ham holidays!

What if I don’t have leftover ham?

Of course, all of these crock pot recipes that use leftover ham can be made with a ham steak or thick-sliced deli ham from your grocery store.

Not sure what to serve alongside your ham leftovers? We have suggestions for what to serve with ham that would go great with any of these recipes as well.

white plate with ham potato cheese casserole

More recipes using leftover ham

There are so many ways to use up leftover ham at any time of year! Here are a few that don’t use the slow cooker:

Slow Cooker Recipes Using Leftover Ham

When you cook that huge ham for the holidays and then don't know what to do with the rest, check out this list!

slow cooker recipes that use leftover ham - diced ham and bowl of ham bean soup