15-Bean Soup revamped

15-bean soup as been around for quite sometime, but it always seemed so boring to me when I made it.  I decided it was time for a change.  With this new revamped method, I feel it brings a bit of life to the old favorite.

Here's what you'll need:
1.  15- Bean Soup (20oz. bag)
2.  Diced Whole Tomatoes (14.5 oz can) 
3.  Leftover Ham or Cooked Ham (I used a spiral ham we had a few nights before)
4.  Mexican Chili Powder (2 tbs.)
5.  Garlic Powder (2 tbs. or more to taste)
6.  Creole Seasoning (3 tbs. or less to taste)
7.  Seasoning Salt (5tbs.)
8.  Ground Black Pepper (3 tbs.) and the seasoning package that comes with the beans

Pour your beans into hot water and allow to boil according to the package directions.

 As the beans are cooking add your whole tomatoes and the spice package that came inside your bean bag.

Add your meats after the tomatoes have been added and allow to simmer on low for about 30 minutes.

 Add your spices and sprinkle in your salt and pepper.

When your spices have been added, allow to simmer for about 2 hours or until beans are tender.  Serve with   Parmesan Cheese, french bread or even just simple crackers.  

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