Hearty Pinto Bean and Ham Soup

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After Easter, if you had ham like we did, you have that big ol’ bone full of meat you can’t get off very easily.  We froze ours – and this is what we made with it.  The chiles give it a Latin flavor (per my husband’s request) and makes it stand apart from regular old ham and bean soup!

What you need:

  • Left over ham bone with 1-2 cups of meat still on it (or you can purchase a large ham steak and cube it)
  • 3 cups dried pinto beans
  • 1 large onion cut into 1/6ths
  • 3 dried ancho chiles
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I like to use sea salt)
  • 1 16oz can of diced tomatoes (I use the ones with green chiles)
  • Cold water

How to Do it:

Rinse the beans well and place in a large kettle that has a lid.  Add all the other ingredients, except the tomatoes and cover with water.

Bring to a hard boil, then reduce the heat and simmer on low until the ham begins to fall off the bone.  Remove the ham and set aside to cool.  Add the can of tomatoes and continue cooking the beans on low.

When the ham is cool, remove the meat from the bones, being careful to remove all bone and cartilage.  Place the meat back into the pan and cover.

Continue cooking until the beans are soft, adding water as needed.

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You can also cook it in the crock pot – cook on low for 4-5 hours – clean the bones as directed above – cook another 2-3 hours.

Makes 5-6 hearty portions

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13 Responses to Hearty Pinto Bean and Ham Soup

  1. This looks delicious! Definitely Pinning this recipe!

  2. Thanks for sharing a yummy pinto bean and ham soup recipe. I cooked a 15 bean soup recently with ham hock and a friend made one with sugar cured ham. The sweeter one was delicious! These are the kind of recipes I like–not too many ingredients. Thanks! And thanks for following my blog. I’m definitely following yours too.

  3. Kathleen says:

    That sure is a hearty looking soup. It looks like it could be used as a full meal. Thanks for sharing it with our readers.
    Kathleen
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

  4. sahana says:

    sounds yummy.Thank you for linking with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

  5. Leigh says:

    This looks like a delicious pot of old-school comfort food!

  6. That soup looks AMAZING just looking at the pictures! I LOVE my crock pot so I could definitely try it in the crock pot! Thanks for linking up at Friday Funday and please come back again this week!

  7. LauraOinAK says:

    I have some leftover ham in the fridge right now (stocked up on super sales after Easter!) This would be wonderful for our cool Alaskan nights.

    I picked this as one of the posts from last week’s Healthy Living Link-Up to feature on my blog. You can find it listed here: http://daybydayinourworld.com/2016/04/healthy-living-link-party-59/

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