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Ham and Red Beans Recipe

I've cut some of the fat and calories from this traditional Southern dish. But after one bite, you'll agree it still has plenty of flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Cajun or Mexican stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups diced fully cooked lean ham
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, ground cumin, dried oregano and dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 dashes hot pepper sauce


  • 1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One 3/4-cup serving equals 207 calories, 2 g fat (0 saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 474 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 15 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.