Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a great way to use up that leftover ham! Delicious, quick & easy. Don't be afraid to vary some of the ingredients as desired. Don't like olives or so many beans? - leave 'em out - it will still taste great.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In Dutch oven, heat oil and saute peppers, onion, and garlic until tender.
  2. Add ham, beans, tomatoes, tomato& picante sauces, and water.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, lower heat, and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  5. Add cooked pasta, if desired, for"chili mac".


Most Helpful

Key Wee, this was good chili, very unusual, but good. I needed to use up some ham, so I'm glad you posted this recipe. I didn't have a red bell pepper, nor did I add the salt. It still tasted good. My husband and I thought the 1 tsp. of thyme was a bit too much, so the next time I will only add 1/2 tsp. I didn't have any picante sauce, so I used a medium flavored salsa. At least the salsa had green peppers in it, so it was a substitute for the red bell pepper. We liked the variety of beans used in this chili. Also, I did not add the black olives. I couldn't find them. I'm certainly glad you posted this unusual ham chili. "It was good "!

Domestic Goddess February 09, 2004

Very good recipe, I did use 1 cup of red wine in lieu of the water and added two teaspoons of ground cumin. Will definitely make it again. Thanks for submitting the recipe.

jvan7117 April 20, 2009

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