Red Beans and Rice with Ham

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This recipe is a great way to use leftover ham.  You could also make it with smoked sausage if you like.  I had grilled ham slices the day before and needed to use up the extra.  The recipe makes enough to feed about 8 people, so if your family is smaller you may want to only make half.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • 2 cups of dry rice
  • oil for sautéing
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • about 3 cups of diced ham
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can Fire Roasted diced tomatoes, or regular diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce

Cook the rice according to the package directions.  In a skillet, sauté the onion and garlic in oil.  Add the green pepper and ham and cook for a few minutes, until the green pepper is tender-crisp.  Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, hot sauce and beans.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and turn down the heat, letting it simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Serve over the cooked rice, with extra hot sauce for those who like more spice.

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  1. Mmmm….sounds just like comfort food to me!

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