Anasazi Beans with Ham

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anasazi beans with ham

Anasazi Beans with Ham

Have you ever heard of Anasazi beans?  I first tried them a few months ago.  These have an amazingly creamy texture.  I have used them in place of both Kidney Beans and Pinto Beans in recipes.  Anasazi beans are quite versatile.  So, making Anasazi Beans with Ham will go a long way.  Leftover beans (without the ham) can be frozen in 12-16 oz portions.  Take out a portion when you decide to make something like chili and you don’t have to open a can of beans.  And best of all, your beans have all that rich flavor already built into them.

We have a LOT of leftover ham from Easter.  Of course, I chunked it up and put it in 1 pound bags and placed in the freezer.  It is now ready for me to pull out when I am ready to make any dish calling for ham.

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Just a heads up on this recipe.  I generally use regular diced tomatoes and then add some hot sauce.  As I was assembling all my ingredients, I realized I was completely out of regular diced tomatoes.  So, I decided to use Rotel tomatoes in it this time and forgo the hot sauce.  Oh my goodness, I am so glad that I had this happen.  It was so good with the Rotel, I think I will switch over every time.

Now for the recipe

Anasazi Beans with Ham

Anasazi Beans with Ham


  • 1lb Anasazi Beans (Soaked overnight or Quick Soaked*)
  • 1lb Ham cut into 1.5 inch or larger chunks
  • 1/2 large yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (to taste, sometimes we need more salt than this)
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 8 Cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil


  1. Heat oil in 5 quart or larger stockpot. Add ham and brown it slightly, add the onion and let them sweat a little. This whole process took less than 5 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Simmer for an hour until the beans are tender. I generally let mine simmer for a couple hours just to break them down further, and to let the flavors really meld.

Beans are a great source of fiber, iron and protein.  They make an awesomely frugal meal as well.  Ham frequently goes on sale for less than $1 per pound.  Beans can be purchased for $2-$3 per pound dry.  The additional ingredients will run you about $1.  So, you could get an entire pot of beans for around $4.  The pot of beans will feed a family of 6 easily.  Our family of 4 generally gets our meal plus 2-3 containers for freezing.

Just a note because I mentioned in the recipe that you could do a Quick Soak method.  Here is how I do a quick soak:

  1. Rinse beans carefully
  2. Place beans in a microwave safe container and cover by 2 inches of water
  3. Put beans in microwave and cook on high (or 100% power) for 8 minutes
  4. Let sit for 30 minutes
  5. Drain water and rinse the beans

That is it.  You have a wonderful pot of beans.

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