Black Beans and Rice with Ham - classic black beans and rice with the addition of tomatoes and ham. Garnished with fresh chopped tomatoes and chives.
Happy first day of Summer y'all! My absolute favorite season!
Of course, Spring is beautiful with everything blooming and becoming green, but my gosh it messes with my allergies. I know a lot of people really love Fall with its beautiful colors and all of that, but for me it's just a harbinger of what's around the corner...Winter. Which I detest. With a passion.
Summer's definitely the time for me. Long, warm days with plenty of time for relaxing, cooking, reading, having a picnic, growing veggies, and all the other things that make it my favorite season.
The only little tiny thing I might not enjoy about summer is when it gets just a teeny bit too hot to want to turn on the oven. On those days, I like to make a supper that can be cooked quickly and on the stovetop only. And if it's a one-pot meal then all the better.
This Black Beans and Rice with Ham fits both those bills...a stovetop, one-pot meal. Just add salad and bread and you're all set.
There are so many recipes from around the world that use the basic ingredients of beans and rice. There's the famous New Orleans red beans and rice (which is absolutely delicious) and there are dozens of recipes for Mexican beans and rice along with many from the Caribbean as well. Most of those recipes do not include any meat and you could prepare this recipe without the ham if you wanted a vegetarian option.
I also like to include tomatoes in my mixture as I think it rounds out the flavors nicely. Add in or leave out whatever you want to make it your own recipe. That's what cooking should be all about, right?
How to Make Black Beans and Rice with Ham
Start by chopping the vegetables. The onion, red bell pepper, and celery should be about the same size pieces so that they'll cook in approximately the same time. Just mince or crush the garlic.
In a large, deep skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and celery. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Add the thyme, tomatoes, beans, ham, salt, black pepper, oregano, and Tabasco. Stir well.
I love that I can buy this cubed ham at my local grocery store and keep it on hand for when I need it in a recipe. It comes in this ½-inch dice and also a much smaller dice. I put it in soups and stews and it's also great for omelets! It's one of those convenience products that I wouldn't want to do without any more.
Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and cook 30-40 minutes or until the beans are tender. While the beans are cooking, prepare the rice.
In a medium saucepan, bring the water, salt, and butter to a boil. Add the rice, stir and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until rice is tender - about 20 minutes.
Serve the bean mixture over hot, fluffy rice. Be sure to remove the thyme stems before serving.
Garnish with a drizzle of red wine vinegar and your choice of fresh chopped tomatoes, chopped fresh chives, salsa, and/or sour cream.
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Black Beans and Rice with Ham
For the beans:
- 2 tblsp. olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ medium red bell pepper diced
- 2 stalks celery diced
- 4-5 stalks fresh thyme
- 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
- 2 cans black beans drained and rinsed
- 8 oz. diced cooked ham
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
- 8-10 shakes Tabasco sauce
For the rice:
- 2 cups water
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tblsp. butter
- 1 cup rice
- Red wine vinegar
- Chopped fresh tomatoes
- Chopped chives
- Sour cream
- In a large, deep skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
- Add the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and celery. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are crisp-tender.
- Add the thyme, tomatoes, beans, ham, salt, black pepper, oregano, and Tabasco. Stir well. Reduce the heat to low and cook 30-40 minutes or until the beans are tender.
- While the beans are cooking, prepare the rice.
- In a medium saucepan, bring the water, salt, and butter to a boil. Add the rice, stir and bring back to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until rice is tender - about 20 minutes.
- Serve the bean mixture over rice. Remove the thyme stems before serving.
- Garnish with a drizzle of red wine vinegar and your choice fresh chopped tomatoes, chopped fresh chives, salsa, and/or sour cream.
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