Ham Chili Stew

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

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  1. Cindi Bauer
    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 "!
  2. jvan7117
    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.


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