Jamaican Ham and Bean Soup Recipe
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Jamaican Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

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"Island vacation in a bowl” might be the best way to describe this hearty soup. A splash of lime juice and a hint of jerk seasoning add tropical taste. —Mary Lou Timpson, Colorado City, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) vegetarian refried beans
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 can (7 ounces) white or shoepeg corn, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • Sour cream and lime slices

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without garnishes): 312 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 2211mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 9g fiber), 20g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Stir in the ham, refried beans, broth, corn, chilies, salsa and jerk seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the olives and lime juice; heat through. Garnish servings with sour cream and lime slices. Yield: 7 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Originally published as Jamaican Ham and Bean Soup in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p29

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"Really different from the plain ham and corn soups."

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"Surprisingly good flavor! I didn't have Caribbean jerk seasoning, so I used Weber's N'Orleans Cajun, which I'm sure changed the flavor completely, but I loved it."

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"This was a good recipe and well worth it for someone to try. We simply decided we have another similar recipe we enjoyed more."

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"My 3 boys and I loved this soup - quick and easy on a cold night!"

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"The refried beans gave the broth a weird texture."

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