Monday, February 28, 2011

Slow Cooker Hearty Ham and Bean Chili

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This should probably be called "Ham and Bean Soup," but being the wise woman that I am, I knew better. My husband would judge a dish in very negative light if it had the word "bean" in the title. He'll eat chili and he now loves refried beans in taco dip and he goes wild for the black bean salsa, but he'll still tell you he doesn't like beans. I just smile and nod. And continue to make dishes with beans--because I love beans and beans are good for ya. 

While this dish was filling my home with magical aromas, I created a new title--Hearty Ham and Bean Chili (only I left out the word "bean" when announcing the dish to my husband.) There were no complaints from his side of the table, I got to use up the leftover ham in my fridge, and this went together in the crockpot in less than 7 minutes. Not too shabby.  


Hearty Ham and Bean Chili
recipe by with inspiration from
Serves 4-6 

1- 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1- 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1- 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
1-1/4 cup chicken broth or bouillon
1 cup diced, cooked ham
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp black pepper

Mix all ingredients into a 4 quart slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on high 3-4 hours.

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