Spicy Black Beans and Ham

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Ham bones are a traditional flavoring for beans, and I remember my mother making pinto or navy beans cooked with ham and onions and served with cornbread. It was simple, homey food that warmed the belly and was easy on the budget. We use ham bones in soups and beans, and save the large ham bones when we cook ham for Sunday dinner, I just store them in the freezer.

I like black beans with ham and spice them up with Mexican flavors. We enjoy these beans as a main dish with jalapeno cheddar cornbread or rice or as a side dish for Mexican foods.

[Updated July 2014.]

Spicy Black Beans and Ham
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Serves: 5 quarts
  • 16-ounce (454 g) bag of dry black beans
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large meaty ham bone
  • 2 quarts (~2 liters) water

  • cilantro, chopped
  • green onions, chopped
  • yellow or white onions, chopped
  • bell pepper, chopped
  • salsa
  1. Sort the beans, pick any stones out, then pour them in the 4-quart pot or bowl and cover with water, until it’s a couple inches over the beans. Allow to sit overnight. Drain and rinse the beans in a colander.
  2. Warm the olive oil in the 6-quart pot over medium heat. Saute the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent. Add the cumin, chili powder, and red pepper flakes, cooking and stirring until the spices have melded with the olive oil and are very fragrant.
  3. Add the beans, the ham bone, and the water. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour. Garnish and serve.
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4-quart pot or other large pot or bowl
6-quart pot with lid

Recipe Notes:

Prep time includes overnight soaking time for the dry beans.


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  1. says

    Hi Andrea! So latino!!! My type of food, love that you have it with cornbread… a new find, will try this way! And you cooked beans from scratch and no pressure cooker… congratulations!

  2. says

    AHHH. These are the beans you loved and wer talkingabout on Twitter. I have resolved to eat more beans lately because htey are cheap and you can do somuch with them.

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