Black Beans with Smoked Ham and Rice

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Make your Applewood Smoked Ham go the extra mile by using the left overs in this sure to please recipe straight from the Nueske Family kitchen.

Prep Time: 10 Min
Cook Time: 35 min
Total Time: 45 Min
Serves: Serves 6-8


  • 2 C. celery, chopped
  • 1 ½ C. yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbls. olive oil
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ C. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 ½ C. Nueske's Smoked Ham, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ C water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • Rice
  • 1 C. long grain rice
  • 2 C. water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Cook rice in large saucepan with tight-fitting lid for 15 minutes without lifting the lid. Remove from heat, fluff with fork, cover again and let stand for 10 minutes. While rice is cooking, saute celery, onion, and red pepper in olive oil for 4 minutes or until vegetables are translucent. Add remaining ingredients. Cook over medium low heat for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving. Place rice in large bowl. Make a well in center of rice, spoon beans in well and serve. May also be served without rice.


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